Victorian club looks to break world record

A Melbourne-based grassroots football club will next month take on a bold Official Guinness Book of Records world record attempt to help its juniors.

Barnstoneworth United Football Club is hoping to attract more than 1,000 people to help break the record for most participants in a five-a-side football match.

The club, which is based in Altona North, are one of five branches around Australia who choose to make annual donations to charity and have origins from a UK TV programme called ‘Ripping Yarns’ with featured Monty Python stars.

Over the past 20 years, the club has donated more than $40,000 to charity. The aim of this bold initiative is to raise funds to improve facilities for the Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club such as new light towers.

Club president Dave Pettet said the bold initiative would take place over the course of 36 hours on the weekend of February 28 and March 1, with the game continuing non-stop.

The current record is held by Petts Wood Football Club in the UK, who had 676 participants in a 25-hour five-a-side match in 2012, which aimed to raise money for one of its players who had a rare form of leukaemia.

“This is all about raising money for the juniors, but it would also be the first time there will be a football world record held by an Australian club which would be great,” Pettet told FourFourTwo.

“We have approximately 420 kids at our junior club, so the impact of this initiative could be huge and it’ll be plenty of fun for all involved.”

Footballers from Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will be present for the world record attempt.

The club is seeking participants, with registration to be part of the attempt costing $15 and available via All participants will receive a medal and be part of history.

The world record attempt will take place at Emmanuel College in Altona North from 9am Saturday February 28.