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Local youngsters take part in Guinness world record attempt at largest number of people to shoot basketball hoops in a single day

Getting ready to shoot some hoops

Getting ready to shoot some hoops in Highbury Fields

Published: 2 November, 2012

IT was on your marks, get set, shoot in Highbury Fields as young people attempted to break the Guinness world record for the largest number of people ever to shoot basketball hoops in one day.

Youth workers and volunteers gathered in the fields to take part in the YMCA worldwide attempt, which began at 8am in New Zealand on Saturday October 18, and finished in Hawaii at 5pm the following day.

Gillian Bowen, chief executive of City YMCA, said: “It was a great day and lovely to see so many children and families getting involved.”

The challenge was taken up by 58 YMCAs in England, and more than five million people took part across the world.

The Islington event was supported by local organisations including The London Lions professional basketball team, England Basketball, the sports national governing body, and Waitrose, Barbican.

More than £3,700 was donated on the day and the London Lions provided 300 free tickets for their upcoming games.

The results are currently being put together and an official verification will be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records in January.


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