BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Sheffield need your help as they attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most players to play in a continuous 5-a-side football exhibition match’, while raising money for BBC Children in Need.
The 5-live-a-side challenge will take place from 2pm Friday 12 October to 2pm Saturday 13 October at The Sheffield United Academy, Fishill Crescent (just off Shirecliffe Road) in Sheffield. It doesn’t matter how good you are or whether you’re in a team or not, if you’d like to take part all you have to do is sign-up at the 5 live website and select your preferred time-slot.
Registration opens at 8.50am on Friday 21 September and places are limited, so be quick to make sure you’re in with a chance of becoming a record breaker. It is free to register your interest in being part of the 5-live-a-side challenge, but players are encouraged to make a donation to BBC Children in Need.
Each player taking part in 5-live-a-side will play for a minimum of 10 minutes and may get the chance to show off their skills against BBC presenters, celebrities and former football pros. The game will run for a continuous 24 hours under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records Adjudicator, and to encourage some friendly competition there will be a final score.
5 live presenters Colin Murray, for Fighting Talk, and Robbie Savage, for 606, will be on-hand on Saturday afternoon to play in the final stint of the - hopefully - successful record attempt, before celebrating the ambitious task with a special one-off match between hand-picked Fighting Talk and 606 squads.
Commenting on the challenge Colin Murray said: "It's great that we are trying to break the world record and all for a good cause, but I am doing it mainly to get a kick at Robbie. Hopefully the Fighting Talk listeners will come along and cheer us on, as we are no doubt the underdogs, but we will revel in that role."
Robbie Savage said: “Being the butt of most of Fighting Talk panellist's jokes it's time for them to put their boots where their mouths are!! And if they don’t I will!”
So if you’re 18 or over and up for some footy fun for BBC Children in Need, then register your interest now, but hurry, places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Full terms and conditions are available on the 5 live website.
5-live-a-side is part of 5 live’s Octoberfest 2012; a free three-day festival taking place in Sheffield from 11 to 13 October and featuring an exciting mix of live broadcasts and events across the city.
Further announcements about Octoberfest will be made over the coming weeks, but listeners can join in the conversation on Twitter now using #5liveOctoberfest and #5liveaside.
It's great that we are trying to break the world record and all for a good cause..."