A school teacher with one of the most distinctive throwing styles around has tried to set a new world record for chucking a football.
Danny Brooks, a PE teacher at Brooksbank School in Elland, propelled himself into the national spotlight back in 2010 when he broke the world record for the longest football throw-in when he hurled a ball 49.78 metres thanks to a special forward flip technique.
The record was quickly broken by Thomas Gronnemark of Denmark, who threw 51.33 metres, but then Danny, in conjunction with the Guiness Book of Records, came up with a new idea - to see if he could throw a ball over 3,000 metres in the space of an hour.
Known as ‘the bullet’ and assisted by students from Brooksbank School, Danny was able to complete the challenge at the Shay Stadium after it was organised by Jacob Grimshaw, who is completing a Higher Sports Leaders Award at the college.
With a team of witnesses, including referee Arnie Thorpe, Hipperholme Grammar School teacher Mark Henry and Danny’s family and friends, Danny launched footballs in sets of 10 for an hour, stopping after each set to allow the distances to be measured.
Danny’s throws, most of which were over 30 metres, are considered legal football throws-ins by Guiness.
The event was recorded by students from the Brooksbank media students and an evidence pack will be sent off to Guiness before Danny finds out if he has been successful or not.
Danny said: “I was extremely tired but I didn’t underestimated the 3,000 metres target.
“I’m quietly confident I have done it but I’ll have to wait now for Guiness to come back with the result.”
The event was also held to raise awareness for the charities CLIMB and CAH.