Help needed for world record attempt

Wigan Athletic Community Foundation Premier League for Sport Co-ordinator Zak Taylor, table tennis coach Steve Rowe and Wigan Youth Zone's Ryan Powell

Wigan Athletic Community Foundation Premier League for Sport Co-ordinator Zak Taylor, table tennis coach Steve Rowe and Wigan Youth Zone's Ryan Powell

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WIGAN Youth Zone has enjoyed great success over the last two years and this month it’s hoping to get its name in the record books.

The facility will play host to a charity table tennis event with international stars from around the globe set to attend on October 24.

They have teamed up with Wigan Athletic to launch an assault on the Guiness world record with as many people bouncing a ball on a bat for 10 seconds.

For the record to be broken, 250 people need to take part and organisers are appealing for as many people to head down as possible.

The event, which is also being overseen by local coach Steve Rowe, will be inn aid of Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.

Bounce off will be at noon with the attempt lasting until 5pm.

The main aim is to raise as much money as we can for cancer research, and of course we aim to break a Guinness world record

Steve Rowe

There’ll also be an exhibition match between three-time Commonwealth medalist Andrew Rushton and three-time champion Maxim Shmyrev from Russia.

As well as table tennis there will be plenty of fun and games for everyone attending with entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent star Henry Gallagher and master of ceremonies and ITTF TV Commentator Jonny Cowan overseeing proceedings.

Wigan-based coach Steve, who founded aerobic Table Tennis, said “I hope the people of Wigan will get behind this worthwhile cause.

“The main aim is to raise as much money as we can for cancer research, and of course we aim to break a Guinness world record.

“I would like to thank Wigan Youth Zone for allowing us to use their great venue, and also Wigan Athletic Community Trust for supporting the event. “

The actual world record attempt will begin at 2pm with lots of table tennis themed activities and many prizes to be won, including signed items by top European table tennis players, surrounding it.

The attempt is, control a ball on a table tennis bat for 10 seconds without dropping it. We need more than 250 people in order to break the current world record.

For more information on the opportunity to become a Guinness world record holder, visit www.aerobictabletennis.com for more information on how you can register to take part in the event.

If you can’t make the event, but would like to make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/AEROBICTABLETENNIS/

Donations can also be sent by text by typing ATTP99 (eg ATTP99£) followed by your donation to 70070.