Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 18 June, the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire community along with TV talent, Paralympian Richard Whitehead, and former professional footballers will come together to attempt the Guinness World Records title largest gathering of people wearing odd socks and take part in the 5th annual Footprints Cup charity football match.
Before kick-off players and the public are invited to attempt the official Guinness World Records title. This is in support of Down Syndrome awareness and the extra chromosome, which has been compared to an extra sock. An official Guinness World Records adjudicator will be on-site to oversee and hopefully award the record. The current record stands at 933 and Footprints are calling on the Nottinghamshire community to help smash this record!
Following the potential record breaking gathering, two celebrity teams will go toe to toe in a footballing friendly from 2.45pm.
Established in 2018 the event is organised by Paul Brooks, who rallies stars of stage, screen and sport to take part in the annual charity football match to raise money for Nottingham based charity Footprints Conductive Education Centre. The centre, based in Sneinton, helps babies and pre-school children affected by Down Syndrome and conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay, to reach their full potential in a safe, fun and supportive environment.
Paul says: “We’re really looking forward to the Footprints Charity Cup this year, with the added excitement of a Guinness World Record attempt. We’ve already got a fantastic line up including Hollyoaks stars Rishi Nair and Billy Price, former Nottingham Forest favourites Marlon Harewood and Ian Woan, as well as Paralympic athlete, Richard Whitehead.”
“It’s a great family day out, but primarily its an opportunity to raise awareness about conductive education, the services provided by Footprints and the positive impact their work has on the lives of children with motor learning difficulties, motor delay and Down Syndrome and their families.”
Footprints is a welcome support for parents, offering practical guidance, information and emotional support, helping them to gain confidence and the strength needed to cope with their child’s disability.
Footprints Manager, Andrea Kelly, comments: “The Footprints Cup is a fantastic family day out and makes so much different to Footprints. The funds raised on the day make a huge positive impact on our ability to help families in Nottingham and the East Midlands. We’re excited about this year’s activities and would encourage as many people as possible to come along and support where they can.”
Paul concludes: “There will be a range of attractions alongside the Guinness World Records attempt and football match which will ensure that everyone is well entertained and hopefully part of an Odds Socks World Record. It promises to be a great fun afternoon for the whole family, while supporting a very worthy cause, so we want as many people as possible to come along and support us.”
Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief of Guinness World Records said “Good luck to everyone taking part in the attempt on Saturday for the brilliant Footprints Conductive Education Centre, lets hope you smash this record”.
Gates open at Ilkeston Town FC from 10am with kick off at 3pm. Adult tickets prices at £5, under 16 years old are only £1 and children under 10 are free. For more information on players, prizes and tickets can be found on the Footprints Cup 2022 Facebook page here.
Confirmed players so far include: Owen Warner, Ijaz Rana, Rishi Nair, Billy Price, Jacob Roberts (all Hollyoaks), David Kennedy (ex-Hollyoaks / Eastenders), Richard Whitehead (Paralympian), Tom White (Sky Sports News Presenter), Eugen Bopp, Marlon Harewood, Julian Bennett, Ian Woan, Kelvin Wilson, Craig Armstrong (all former professional footballers) & Andrew Self (The Greatest Dancer).
*Main image @ilkestontown_fc the New Manor Ground will host the event.