Planning for Guinness record game gathers pace

The clock is ticking to the SLS world record rugby match attempt and things certainly aren't slowing down.

It's the complete opposite, in fact. With 70-odd days to go, we're getting pretty hectic here at Scottys, although, strangely, it's more about bouncy castles than rugby balls at the moment.

The match is taking place during half-term and we're really looking to make it a big, family event. It will only cost £2 for children to come along and, as well as being able to watch the boys slogging it out on the pitch, of course, there will be things like face painting, bouncy castles, magicians and hopefully some kids' training going on.

It's all taking some organising but people are recognising what a good cause it is and are really working with us to provide a fantastic family event.

I've got two children, a five-year-old and a three-year-old, and they will happily watch the rugby for all of five minutes before they get bored and want something else to entertain them, so I know how important it is to have lots going on during the day.

We had a meeting with Leicester Tigers the other day and I learned all about crowd control an other various aspects of staging a rugby match which I had no idea about. I'm currently trying to find some doctors - not necessarily for the players - but to work alongside our Army medics on the day.

I've also managed to organise a group of Red Devils skydivers from the parachute regiment to bring in the match ball. That will be quite a sight as they come down across Leicester city centre.

The trophies have all been sorted now, too. Supreme Engraving did a great job as you can see, and we're all really chuffed with how they look. Although they're quite heavy, so I'm not sure if the boys will even be able to lift them after the game!

The trophy for the 24 hour rugby match raising money for Scottys Little Soldiers

In terms of preparation on the pitch, the lads are all working hard and we've organised a training session in Leicester for Sunday, April 14. Obviously, there are guys taking part from all over the country so it will be difficult for all of them to make it but so far we've got about 20 coming.

It will give us a chance to make sure the kit all fits, too! It's the day of the Tigers-Wasps game at Welford Road and a good group of us are going to watch that afterwards, so it will be a good day.

It's all go - and it's all hard work. But I'm doing everything with a smile on my face because people are being fantastic about it. Everyone is supporting us and working with us for such a brilliant cause.

I'll keep you posted with everything that's going on in the run-up to the day and to keep up-to-date, follow us on Twitter: @ScottysRugby.

Thanks for your support and speak to you soon.


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