• Nottingham to be Turned Upside Down for Handstand World Record Attempt

By Ben Thompson
Monday, January 15, 2018

Nottingham will be turned upside down by over 400 Handstand enthusiasts as they attempt to break a world record in June.

 

On June 23, International Handstand day, the city will host an official Guinness World Record attempt for the most number of people doing a handstand simultaneously at an event organised by The School of Calisthenics.

 

The Braderie Comity of Wevelgem, Belgium, holds the current record of 399 people, which has stood since September 2006.

 

Handstanders from all over the world are expected to descend on Nottingham to help break the record on the Embankment Showground next to the iconic River Trent as part of the Cycle Live event taking part over the weekend.

 

The School of Calisthenics has helped over 150k pupils start their journey towards completing a Handstand, alongside other Calisthenics movements, since being founded by former Nottingham Rugby captain David Jackson and Great Britain Strength and Conditioning coach Tim Stevenson, in 2016.

 

Tim Stevenson, Head of Handstands at The School of Calisthenics, commented; “January is a great time for setting yourself realistic goals and we are passionate about getting people more active and improving their health.

 

“Learning to Handstand requires no equipment, can be done at home and everyone remembers doing them when they were growing up.

 

“It is accessible to all and we can teach you to go from zero to Handstand in 6 months; we’ve already helped people from the age of 7 to 70 to redefine what they previously thought was impossible.

 

“We are very excited to be attempting to break a world record in our home town and encourage everyone to come along and get involved with the #HandstandChallenge.”

 

The record attempt has been backed by famous faces including TV presenter Ben Shephard, who accepted the challenge on Twitter, saying ‘This is the new year challenge I’ve set myself to learn to do a decent #handstand I’m properly rubbish right now but gonna try and help @SchoolOfCali break the world record – if it didn’t break me first!’

 

To register your interest in taking part go to www.schoolofcalisthenics.com/handstandchallenge