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The Guinness World Record for the most people performing jump squats in the same place and at the same time has hopefully been smashed with the help of University Centre Shrewsbury students.

The Big Squat, which took place at Meole Brace School Science College organised by Village Water, saw 477 pupils, volunteers and representatives join together, on World Toilet Day no less, to attempt to break the current record of 378 people doing jump squats for one minute.

With 99 more people than the existing record, the fun-filled event on November 19 was attended by BSc Sport Management students Henry Dalby, Zara Morris, Charlie Fachiri and subject lecturers Georgina Holmes and Ross Frisby, who volunteered as stewards for the attempt.

News on whether the group has succeeded in their aim to get into the Guinness World Record Book will be officially announced over the coming weeks.

Village Water Fundraiser Rachel Cooper said: “I am delighted to have seen such a wonderful response to the event. At the moment we are busy preparing all the paperwork and footage for verification by the Guinness World Records but we are confident we have done it, with the help of all our fantastic volunteers.

“The aim of the record attempt was to create a fun community event, offer students the chance to get involved with a local community initiative but also to spread the word about Village Water and the work we do in the Zambia.”

Village Water is a Shrewsbury based charity supporting safe water and sanitation in Zambia. For more information please visit

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