Passing up on a new world record

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COLLEGE students and staff are celebrating after receiving official confirmation they have set a new world record.

Earlier this year, a group from TyneMet College took part in a competition to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest tennis ball pass’.

The time they were aiming to beat was 36.25 seconds, and although there was the odd ball dropped, a number of teams who took part in the challenge on the day did beat the existing record.

And last week the college, based in Wallsend, received official confirmation by organisers at the Guinness World Records that they are the new record holders.

A team of students on the Level 3 extended diploma in sports coaching had their time of 16.2 seconds verified, and are now in the record books.

Warick Stephenson, head of care, sport and leisure at the college, said: “I am obviously delighted with the fantastic achievement of the students who were studying on the Level 3 extended diploma in sports coaching smashing the record in a fantastic time of 16.2 seconds.

“The team showed great determination and concentration when taking part in the competition.

“TyneMet is very proud to have been awarded a ‘world record’ title, confirmed by officially by Guinness World Records.

“The students studying on sports courses at TyneMet this year have had fantastic successes in winning other awards and titles as well as achieving high academic pass rates.”

The news is the latest celebration for the college after students secured a 100 per cent pass rate in a number of courses.

For more information on the sports programmes on offer at TyneMet contact a student advisor on (0191) 229 5000, e-mail or visit