Ben Sykes
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48 hours of record breaking hockey

Ben Sykes
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21 Oct 2013

Last weekend Kingston Grammar School raised an incredible £30,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by hosting a 48 hour hockey tournament, here's my take on this amazing achievement

Last weekend, south west London witnessed a world record. Pupils, staff, alumni and parents of Kingston Grammar School came together to break the world record for the highest number of people ever to participate in a hockey match, and to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the KGS Foundation.

The school have now supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research over the past two years and 2012 saw them raise £35,000 for the charity via a 2 day sponsored rowing event and a star-studded golf day.

The school are nothing if not ambitious, however and back in November 2012 they began planning in earnest for their latest fundraising challenge. 

Logistical issues were inevitable, and one of the biggest challenges was how you manage to get enough people to play in one match? The answer? Make the game last not one or two hours, but a full 48. That's two days of solid hockey and a lot of hungry people and tired bodies.

The second issue this brought up was, how do you play hockey through the night, outdoors?  The answer this time?  Spreading the event across two sites, playing on an indoor pitch throughout the night. As you can probably gather, the school had some pretty big issues to resolve!

This is no ordinary school though, and they love a challenge. Over the next few months the school contacted all the local hockey communities and gradually amassed enough players, almost all of whom were sponsored to play, to cover 48 hours of non-stop, intense action.

Fast forward a few months to last weekend, and the culmination of so much hard work. It was instantly clear that this event meant a great deal to everyone taking part, from the Mum's and Dad's serving teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches to the kids who were excitedly awaiting their turn to take part, to be a part of the record.  

48 hours of play later (much of it through driving rain), the sun finally shone and the cheers went up as it was announced that they had broken the world record attempt and are hoping to raise an incredible £60,000, to be split equally between Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the KGS Foundation. An amazing acheivement from such a dedicated bunch!