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World keepy uppy champion on course to break world record

Dan Magness is undertaking a 10-day keepy uppy record breaking challenge - to walk between London and Manchester doing keepy-uppys all the way.

There have been some thrills and near spills but with each step he is raising more money for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, in the run up to Soccer Aid 2012.

Magness started his journey from Wembley Stadium on Tuesday and is currently doing the equivalent of almost a marathon a day and an estimated 400,000 steps. Having already left London he aims to arrive in footy-mad Manchester on Thursday next week, 200 miles and 10 days after leaving London.

Locals have been lining the route in support of Magness as he passes through their towns and cities. Magness has also been stopping off at schools and community groups to inspire others who are doing their own Keep It Up for Soccer Aid challenges and to teach some ball tricks.

Launched by Robbie Williams in 2010, Keep it Up for Soccer Aid calls on the UK public to keep something up and get sponsored to do so in the run up to Soccer Aid, ITV 1’s celebrity football match at Old Trafford on May 27, which raises money for UNICEF’s life-saving work for children around the world.

“This is without a doubt the craziest, most exciting and most challenging thing I have ever done,” said Magness.

”I can’t actually get my head around the fact that I am about to try and get from London to Manchester while keeping up a ball, but I’m hoping that my challenge raises loads of money for UNICEF’s vital work saving children’s lives, and inspires other people to take up a ‘Keep it up for Soccer Aid challenge’. The trick for me will be to relax, focus on the ball and enjoy it.”

Magness’s journey will also attempt to set a new world record for ‘the longest distance travelled whilst juggling a football’. To do this he intends to travel a minimum of 190 miles with the ball.

You can take a look at Dan in action HERE.

To take part in Keep it Up for Soccer Aid, raise money for UNICEF and be in with a chance to win a money can’t buy prize to be on Old Trafford’s pitch on May 27 register at www.unicef.org.uk/keepitup/

You can sponsor Dan Magness in his challenge HERE.

Did you know?

  • Guinness World Records state 186 miles as the minimum distance to set the World Record for the longest distance travelled juggling a football.
  • Dan Magness had also achieved the Guinness World Record for the longest time juggling a football (26 hours without dropping it) and longest distance travelled juggling a football non stop (30 miles).
  • Keep it Up for Soccer Aid was launched in 2010 by UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams.
  • Participants in Keep it Up for Soccer Aid can keep up absolutely anything; from doing keepy uppys or twirling a hula hoop to making tea for colleagues or hopping on one leg. All money raised for Keep It Up for Soccer Aid will help UNICEF to save and change the lives of vulnerable children all over the world.
  • The participant who raises the most money for their Keep It Up for Soccer Aid challenge can nominate a child – aged 8-16 – to be the official Soccer Aid ball girl or boy. This is the chance of a lifetime to walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford with the players.

Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2012, call 0161 444 2012 or visit itv.com/socceraid. Calls to this number will be charged at local rates.

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