Students on the ball for world record bid

The senior management at Tyne Met College the first of the teams trying to set a new world record for the 'Fastest Tennis Ball Pass (Team).
The senior management at Tyne Met College the first of the teams trying to set a new world record for the 'Fastest Tennis Ball Pass (Team).
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COLLEGE staff and pupils are waiting to find out if they have set a new world record.

Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College is hoping to make it into the Guinness World Record book for the fastest tennis ball pass by a team.

Those taking part were coached beforehand by apprentices on the college’s activity and leadership programme, and that practice paid off as no fewer than four teams broke the existing record.

They have submitted their times for verification, a process which could take up to six weeks.

The fastest of the teams that beat the existing record of 36.25 seconds was made up of students doing an extended diploma in sports coaching, setting a time of 16.2 seconds.

Close behind them, on 16.4 seconds, were sports teachers and staff, and, on 19.4 seconds, sport and exercise sciences students, with students doing a subsidiary diploma in sport students trailing behind on 23 seconds.

Jon Vincent, the college’s principal and executive, said: “This event was a huge success.

“I hope that the verification comes back quickly. A world record title would be great to add to our current high performance statistics.”