A group of Tranmere Rovers supporters will, later this month, attempt to break (another) Guinness World Record in support of the Lee Knight Foundation (LKF), the charitable arm of the Tranmere Rovers Disabled Supporters Association (TRDSA).
Lee Knight was the founder and chair of the Tranmere Rovers Disabled Supporters Association who dedicated a lot of time and effort into working to improve facilities at football grounds for disabled and wheelchair supporters.
Shortly after he very sadly passed in 2015, a group of Rovers supporters successfully attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the longest five-a-side football match, racking up a total of 70 hours, all in Lee’s memory and raising funds for the charity set up in his name and helping to put in place the plans which Lee himself had begun making.
After exerting so much physical effort into breaking the five-a-side record, surely they could do some less strenuous fundraising and activities to keep Lee’s memory alive and continually improve the disabled facilities at Prenton Park? … No! Where’s the fun in that?! So this summer, 24 players will take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest futsal match!
After playing for 70 hours outdoors through wind, rain, hail and snow in 2015 to break the five-a-side record, this one should be a walk in the park. It’s indoors and the current record is ONLY 43 hours! Plus there are more players able to take part, easy right?
Ably organised by Andy Doyle, now chairman of the TRDSA, the group have been training hard since last October to get themselves ready for the challenge ahead, which is being sponsored by The Futsal Shop.
The sessions have been tough with legendary Rovers defender Dave Higgins helping with the training regime. Higgy’s famous hour-long warm-ups are enough to put anyone off, but this hardy bunch don’t know anything about quitting or giving up. Sessions have been anything from two hours to an overnight 12-hour session to acclimatise to long stints and lack of sleep, all challenges which were passed with flying colours in preparation for the main event.
The group of players includes Lee’s brother and Tranmere Rovers Futsal captain Mike Knight, as well as players from Tranmere Rovers Ladies, Club staff and supporters of the club.
The World Record attempt will take place in the Tranmere Rovers Futsal Hub at Prenton Park, behind the North Star Environmental Kop Stand, from 9am on Friday 30 June and should finish on Sunday 2nd July.
The centre will be open to the public throughout, so if you would like to come down and show your support, you will be more than welcome to do so.
The efforts of all these people are also to help raise funds for the Lee Knight Foundation. There are some sponsorship packages still available, and each player has individual sponsorship forms. Please contact Andy Doyle for more information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more information about the challenge, please them follow on social media via the links below. And if you’d like to donate to show your support, you can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lee-Knight5.