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HOW College students help tackle world record

23 October 2015

HoW College students help tackle world record

A group of students from the Heart of Worcestershire College have helped Bromsgrove Rugby Club smash the Guinness World Record for the ‘longest marathon playing rugby union’ with a match lasting 25 hours, 59 minutes and 47 seconds. 

The students, who all studied the Foundation Degree in Media Production at the College, helped Bromsgrove Rugby Club record their 26-hour rugby match to submit as evidence to the Guinness World Record judges.

Working for a total of 28 hours and using the skills they’d learnt throughout their course, the students successfully completed the task and the rugby club were confirmed as world record breakers with their 26-hour rugby match in August last year.

Speaking about the experience, Katrina Comley, one of the Foundation Degree in Media Production students, said:

“I am glad I got a chance to be a part in this experience. It was amazing to be able to have work experience with a client, and I am so proud that they got the Guinness record.”

Commenting on the students’ contribution, Sean Macreavy, Quality Manager for Redditch and Bromsgrove, said:

“Working on this project was the most gruelling filming assignment we've ever had at the college. We had to keep the cameras rolling for over 26 hours, overnight, working in shifts, and in pretty cold conditions. The students were amazing, did a wonderful job and they provided the video evidence that Bromsgrove Rugby Club needed to clinch the world record. Hearing the news in July that Guinness had officially confirmed the record was a really proud moment for all of us! The teams and support staff at the club were incredible, and looked after us so well. They were a joy to work with, and gave our students some incredible and challenging professional experience.”

Ian Riley, Bromsgrove RFC, Organiser of the event, added:

“I would like to put on record our appreciation for the tremendous amount of hard work and support given to us by Sean and the students throughout our Guinness World Record attempt. We were all very impressed not only with the huge amount of professionalism and skill they brought to bear, but also what a pleasure it was to work with the students and how easily they integrated themselves into what was a very large and complex operation.

It is no exaggeration to say that the high quality video footage produced by Sean and the students was a vital component of the evidence submitted to Guinness World Records, and as such the success of our attempt and the 23K raised for charity would not have happened without their efforts.”

As thanks for their help and support the students received a framed memento from the rugby club, which included a photograph of the team and a copy of the Guinness World Record certificate; the frame will be proudly displayed at the College’s Bromsgrove campus.