St Columbas College passes a world record for CAFOD!


Congratulations to everyone at St Columba’s College, St Albans, on smashing through a Guinness World Record number of football passes for CAFOD!

The school completed 639 consecutive football passes, easily beating previous records of 579 and 559.  Over 600 students and teachers took part in the event, with the first pass being made by visiting CAFOD partner Abdi, of St John’s Sport Society in Korogocho, Kenya.   Celebrities and notables, including the Lord Mayor of St Albans and Arsenal players Chamakh and Park, also stopped by to gee up the school.

The school also aimed to raise £50,000 to support CAFOD’s partners through today’s attempt.  The idea to set the record came from Theo and Emet, who along with teacher Steve Jones visited CAFOD’s partners in Kenya last year, and inspired their school to get involved to help the developing world. 

 “In the end, whether they make [the record] or don’t make it, it doesn’t really matter,” said Emet, “we’re doing a lot of good and raising a lot of awareness for a good cause.”

St Columba’s attempt is now under review by the Guinness Book of World Records, and is expected to be certified within a month.   

Special thanks to teachers Steve Jones and Joe Tatham and all of the staff and students of St Columba’s College for their time and effort in such a successful day!  Well done!   

Also many happy returns to Emet on a record-breaking 17th birthday today!

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If you’d like to contribute to St Columba’s fundraising attempt, visit 

Don’t forget, there’s still time to set your own fundraising record for CAFOD this Lent!  The UK Government will make a matching donation for every pound you raise!  For full details, visit

One thought on “St Columbas College passes a world record for CAFOD!

  1. Pingback: CAFOD raises £1 million (and counting) during Lent! « CAFOD Westminster's Blog

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