A WORLD record for the longest ever game of five-a-side football has been broken.

The Guinness World Record attempt was organised by charity worker Rick Blackburn and his friend David Potts at Roefield Leisure Centre in Clitheroe recently.

It saw their team of 16 players play a five-a-side game for 72 hours, beating the previous record of 70 hours and three minutes.

Although the team failed in their bid to play for 75 hours.

Mr Blackburn, from Clitheroe, said: "We couldn't go any further at 72 hours as some of the lads were carrying really serious knocks and it would have been silly and dangerous to continue.

"The main thing is we've broken the world record and we're absolutely delighted to have done this."

Mr Blackburn said the match had raised around £8,000 for the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families where Mr Blackburn currently works.

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

He added: "We're hoping that we can still raise £10,000 but it's fantastic to have raised so much money.

"It will make such a difference to the families we help and the services which we deliver."