Ambitious attempt to break world record being held at town rugby club

FUNDRAISING: A successful attempt to climb Mount Kilmanjaro by fundraisers is being followed by a world record attempt at Bromsgrove Rugby Club this weekend. SP

FUNDRAISING: A successful attempt to climb Mount Kilmanjaro by fundraisers is being followed by a world record attempt at Bromsgrove Rugby Club this weekend. SP

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AN ambitious attempt to break a world record is being held at a charity event in Bromsgrove this weekend.

Bromsgrove Rugby Club is holding the event attempting to break the record for the longest rugby match ever held.

The game, between Bromsgrove Boars and Bromsgrove Barbarians, is being held at the club's ground, in Finstall Park, in Finstall Road.

The two teams have been created especially for the match, with members of the club and two former soldiers taking part in the game.

The match kicks off at noon on Sunday, August 24, and will continue on throughout the night, finishing on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.

To set the new world record the game must last a minimum of 24 hours and 52 minutes.

As well as the match there will be other events for the family to enjoy including camping, bouncy castles, food, face painting and entertainment.

The match has organised to raise money for the Scotty's Little Soldiers charity, which works to support the children of men and women killed in action while serving in the British Armed Forces.

The charity was set up by Nikki Scott in August 2010 after her own husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009, leaving behind her and their two young children.

Ahead of the event, and also to raise money for the charity, a group of fundraisers from across the UK climbed Mount Kilmanjaro unveiling a Bromsgrove Rugby Club flag at the summit.

The all-women group took part in the challenge, to climb the nearly 6,000 metre high peak, at the end of July.

Through the challenge, and a series of fundraising events in the UK, the team has managed to raise more than £20,000 for the charity.

Organisers of the rugby game, Ian Riley and Ben Copson, said: "The Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity is close to our hearts.

"As ex-soldiers and members of the wider rugby family, this is a perfect opportunity and challenge to try and set a new world record and raise money for a fantastic charity."

For more details, or to make a donation, visit bmycharity.com/longestrugbygame.

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