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Kent club Beccs within touching distance of world record

10 June 2013

  • Ratification is being awaited for touch rugby feat
  • Beccehamian aimed to beat existing record of 262

Beccehamian Rugby Club in West Wickham, Kent are hoping they have sealed a world record for the most participants in a game of touch rugby.

With the current record set at 262 players, the Beccehamian team knew they had a tough target to achieve. And after five hours and 24 minutes of continuous play, 317 players, 25 marshals, six referees, eight adjudicators, four official witnesses and numerous parents and other club members had witnessed or played in the greatest game of touch ever.

In order to qualify for the world record, video and photographic evidence taken on the day has been supplied to the world record officials at Guinness, and once they has validated this, Beccehamian RFC hope to be the new world record holders!

The rules of play were simple: RFU touch rules stipulate that no more than 12 players (six per team) could be on the pitch at any one time, all players must play for at least 10 minutes and each player must touch the ball at least once during their time on the pitch.

With rolling subs coming on every 10 minutes, the game began and with military-like logistics, players were registered, tagged, participating and cooling down after their 10 minutes of fame.

With so many people at the club present - Minis, Juniors, Ladies and Seniors – ‘Beccs’ took the opportunity to promote the day as an open day locally to the community, inviting people to come and watch the fun or take part in a “have a try” session.

Speaking about the event, Anthony Kempster, the main event coordinator said:

“The event has been a great success for the club as whole, bringing together all of the playing teams as well as many of the parents across age groups, as well as promoting the club to wider community.

“Achieving the world record would cap a fantastic season for the club, where promotion and cup victories have already been achieved.”