Paramedics break world record for longest five-a-side football match

London Ambulance staff broke the world record for the longest five-a-side football match during a game on the Isle of Dogs.

The team played non-stop for 43 hours last weekend, with the odd nap at the side of the pitch, at Wood Wharf Business Park in Preston Road, on the Isle of Dogs.

Sixteen paramedics took part with 10 playing at a time and with a goal every 90 seconds the white team beat the team in black 1030 to 918.

Smithfield Cycle Responder Mark Scott, who came up with the idea, said: “It was a tough challenge and quite a few of us suffered injuries but nothing too bad.

“We had to play ‘in the spirit of the game’ to be considered for the record and camped out next to the pitch to get some rest over the weekend.

“I’m really grateful for all the people who came down and cheered us on – that really kept us going.”

The match was in aid of MERU which designs and builds equipment for disabled children. Mr Scott said: “MERU is close to my heart as my three-year-old nephew, who has cerebral palsy, has benefited from similar equipment the charity builds and designs.”

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The previous world record for the longest five-a-side match stood at 42 hours.