SIXTEEN footie fanatics will be in it for more than just the glory when they attempt to smash a world record.

Over the course of a gruelling three-day sporting weekend, the group will bid to stage the longest ever game of five-a-side football.

The current record stands at a marathon 70 hours three minutes.

But Clitheroe charity worker Rick Blackburn and the team of 16 players he is assembling aims to smash that by setting a new high of 75 hours.

Rick, who has been involved in a similar unsuccessful record-breaking attempt in 2015, said: "It was a great experience - even though ultimately we missed out.

"Ever since, I've always wanted to try again and see if we can finally crack it this time.

"There will be 16 players in total, with five on each team and three subs.

"Most of the lads are from Ribble Valley, with a few from Blackburn and other relatives travelling from further afield."

The attempt will take place at Roefield Leisure Centre in Clitheroe from 10am on Thursday, July 18 to 1pm on Sunday, July 21.

The group must complete the challenge in front of independent witnesses and FA qualified referees working in shifts to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

And for every hour the players complete, they are allowed a five minute rest before going back on.

They would be able to have 30 minutes off if they can get through a whole six-hour block.

He said: "This includes the subs who have to stay awake throughout.

"It's going to be tough and we're going to be struggling to stay awake but we'll give it our best shot."

The group hope to raise over £10,000 for the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families where Rick currently works.

He has worked at FRVF - based at the Thrive Centre on Clitheroe Market - since the autumn.

The charity aims to help vulnerable families and young people around the area by boosting their emotional health and well-being.

Rick added: "My dad Stephen Blackburn and Fiona Maudsley were co-founders of the charity.

"The charity is absolutely vital and raising £10,000 will make a big differences for the services delivered."

Anyone who wants to support the event or find out more information can contact Rick on 07413 053 758.