Cundall Manor School has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest ever hockey lesson. The school received official notification from Guinness World Records yesterday that their attempt, held at the school, had indeed been successful.
509 participants took part in the hockey lesson, smashing the existing Guinness World Record of 459 participants. Many of the participants were existing or former pupils at the school, along with parents and grandparents, as well as members of local hockey clubs and other schools in the area.
The hockey lesson, which marks the opening of the school’s brand new AstroTurf pitch, was led by Director of Sports at Cundall Manor, and ex rugby international Mr John Liley, who said:
Cundall Manor’s philosophy, both in the classroom and on the games field, is all about everyone taking part and making a difference. That philosophy has been the cornerstone of this astroturf project. We have been able to raise the funds required to build this pitch not through external funding but through the generosity and hard work of our school community. So wanted to thank everyone who helped raise that money by offering any event where everyone’s participation will be recognised and celebrated.
Joint Heads of Cundall Manor, John Sample and Amanda Kirby, added:
We wouldn’t have this pitch without everyone’s help so in return we want to give them the chance to see their efforts recorded in the iconic Guinness Book of Records. Although it truly was hockey weather, the sense of camaraderie was superb. What better way of showing the world what a uniquely cohesive community Cundall Manor is, than by setting a new World Record!