PRACTICE SESSIONS for the upcoming world record hula-hoop attempt in Sunderland are taking place across the city from this week.

The world record attempt takes place on Saturday, June 16 at Herrington Country Park, as part of a day of celebration of the Olympic Flame passing through the city.

The current record stands at 2,492 people hula-hooping continuously for two minutes. Sunderland City Council is looking for 3,000 people who are up for the challenge of breaking this record.

Over 50 practice sessions are taking place across the city between now and June 16. This includes sessions this week at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre (Tuesday, 15 May), Sunderland Aquatic Centre (Wednesday, 16 May) Washington Leisure Centre (Saturday, 20 May), Raich Carter Centre (Sunday, 20 May) and Hetton Community Pool and Wellness Centre (Sunday, 20 May).

If you can hula and don’t require the practice please just register and come along on the day.

To register to take part in the world record attempt, and for the full list of venues, dates and times of practice sessions, visit, email: or call (0191) 561 4659.

The celebration day at Herrington Country Park is part of the Sunderland in 2012 programme, a series of sporting and cultural events and opportunities is designed to celebrate the upcoming London Olympic and Paralympic Games.