14 Feb 2014

It's smiles all round as futsal game attempts world record, raising nearly £4,500

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The ref is looking at his watch. The atmosphere is electric – the crowd of supporters swells, cheering as the last seconds of the game tick away. On court, a handful of anxious players are edging closer to completing their world record attempting futsal match.

The current record for a futsal game (indoor 5-a-side football) is 40 hours. The players, also fundraisers, are awaiting official confirmation from Guinness – however, having played for a full 44 hours, here’s hoping they are the new record holders.

Not only did the word-record attempt raise competitive spirits and blood pressure, the game also gathered precious funds for Kids Adventure - a children's charity founded by students at the University of Birmingham.

Providing respite breaks to vulnerable children

‘Kids Adventure helps me to take my mind off things, Kids Adventure is the best!’ – Child, aged 9

Kids Adventure provides fun and exciting non-residential respite breaks for disadvantaged children. Designed to let children embrace their childhood, a Kids Adventure holiday provides positive encouragement and the opportunity to play in a safe environment.

The first ever Kids Adventure project was established at the University of Birmingham in 1994 and since then energetic and enthusiastic students of the university have provided desperately needed respite breaks for hundreds of children in the Birmingham area.

Already in partnership with Birmingham City University and Bristol University, the charity plans to expand to other universities across the West Midlands in the coming year in order to provide respite breaks to nearly 150 vulnerable children a year. The money raised from the futsal game will be put towards this expansion. Speaking on behalf of Kids Adventure, Anna Peaston said: “We chose MyDonate because of the low costs of using this fundraising service - its ideal for a growing charity such as Kids Adventure.”

Word from the futsal court

Here’s what the futsal players had to say:

Joe Evans: “I can barely walk, my feet are black and blue and think I might need to take a few days off playing futsal, but it was all worth it for Kids Adventure and I would do it again next week if I had the chance!”

James Sheen: “I don't think any of us realised just how hard it would be! However knowing that we were doing it for Kids Adventure, a cause so dear to so many of us, and knowing the impact that the money we raised would have for the charity, spurred us on when the going got tough. There was a fantastic camaraderie and spirit among players, witnesses and the support team, everyone was so happy when we'd finished. Everyone was a winner- what a dream.”

Find out more about Kids Adventure on their website.

You can donate to their world record attempt through their fundraising page.

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