Media students from Reading College filmed a Guinness World Records attempt on Thursday 12 March when Woodley Netball Club attempted to break the world record for the world’s biggest netball lesson.
Over 420 children from seven primary and secondary schools in Berkshire took part in the record attempt, which took place at Reading Abbey Senior School in addition to teachers, support staff, older players and coaches from Woodley Netball Club who helped to lead the lesson.
The lesson consisted of a ten minute warm-up, followed by a 40 minute lesson and finished with a ten minute cool-down.
Meredith Stanley, Team Manager for the U11 Blues at Woodley Netball Club, approached Reading College and asked the media students if they could assist by filming the attempt as the club needed to submit photographic and video footage to evidence their Guinness World Records attempt.
Media students were asked to film the attempt from start to finish, capturing the crowd and covering both entrances or exits to ensure accurate counting of all participants. There were 18 media students who took part in the filming.
Martin Kabat, Senior Group Learning Technologist at Activate Learning, also assisted by filming the attempt via a drone in order to provide an overhead view of the attempt.
The aim of the event was to raise the profile of Woodley Netball Club within the local community and encourage girls to get involved with netball. The event also coincided with the school’s Sport Relief activities and helped to raise over £800 for Sport Relief.
England Netball also got involved with the attempt as part of their Bee Netball programme, which enables children under the age of 11 to participate in netball, make friends and develop key skills including friendship, inclusion, fair play and playing together.
Capturing the event
Raveena Hargun, who studies the Media and Music Level 2 Diploma at Reading College, said: “I enjoyed it and it’s good work experience which I can put on my CV.
“Our team were based in different areas filming from different angles to get the children at certain points while they’re playing netball.”
Martin Kabat, Senior Group Learning Technologist at Activate Learning said: “It was a great opportunity to show that the community comes together by sharing assets and being part of the big event supporting the future of the community.
“We had an issue with the weather, but we do have some video footage and some images.”
Thanking the community
Karen Bosom, Junior Lead Coach at Woodley Netball Club, said: “A big thank you from Woodley Netball Club to the students that came to the world record attempt. It was great to know we had them to capture footage of this exciting event, both to share with the participants, volunteers and as part of our evidence to Guinness World Records.
“It was fantastic that Martin could be there as well and that he got the drone up, despite the wet and windy weather. I was really proud to see so many volunteers who helped make this great event happen.
“It was amazing to see over 400 children having fun and learning some new netball skills. We're very grateful for the support from The Abbey Senior School that enabled this event to take place. In addition, we'd like to say thanks to all our lovely sponsors for covering the costs of setting up the event, which enables us to give all the proceeds to Sports Relief; a great cause.”
All of the evidence has been submitted to Guinness World Records and will be reviewed in due course.
Find out more about media courses available at Activate Learning or contact us on 0800 612 6008.
Find out more information about Woodley Netball Club.