Organise a Tug of War Event in 2021
The Tug of war Association is in the process of putting together the fixture list for 2021.
As per recent notifications, the TOWA has Government Approval outside of nationwide legal lockdown periods associated with Covid-19 to run tug of war competitions and intends to run a full calendar of outdoor tug of war competitions during 2021 in accordance with the competition guidance that we have recently issued until such time that Government guidance changes.
The General Committee resolved at its October 2020 meeting that the 2020 fixture list will be rolled over into 2021, and for all event organisers who paid for a permit to hold a competition in 2020 whose event was cancelled, the permit fee paid will be used to cover the cost of the 2021 permit. For the small number of early competitions that were able to take place in early March 2020, if those events are to be run again in 2021, then the permit fee will be payable.
Therefore, if you intend to run your event in 2021, please contact the TOWA secretary to confirm up to date details about your venue, weight classes, weigh in and start times and contact details so that these up to date details can be included in the 2021 fixture list.
If you weren’t scheduled to hold a competition in 2020, but would like to hold a competition in 2021 during any Saturday or Sunday through the season, or perhaps even a weekday evening competition, then please use the 2020 fixture list as a guide to find a potential date to hold your event, and send in the proposed details for your event to the TOWA secretary, along with a permit fee, using the forms at the bottom of this page.
Please note that no permits will be issued on the weekend of Saturday 19 June 2021 - that is the date of our national championships and no other events (including YFC and military) are to be staged on that day.
Please note the following minimum requirements to host an event:
The arena should be a minimum of 60 metres in length by 20 metres in width. If you are expecting a large number of teams or are hosting an event with both mens and ladies teams, then space should be available to make the arena wider. The arena should be marked out with barriers to prevent crowds encroaching on the competition. Gaps in the arena boundary should be provided to allow teams to enter and leave before and after each pull.
A tent / gazebo with tables and chairs should be provided for the timekeeper / recorders
Weigh In / Scales
Arrangements should be made for the weigh in to take place indoors and on a hard surface. Organisers should arrange for 8 man scales to be provided. If you do not have your own 8 man scales, some judges / area committees may have scales available which you can borrow / hire.
Judges and Recorders
It is the responsibility of event organisers to invite judges / recorders to your events. Please ensure that you send invitations to judges / recorders you wish to invite at the earliest opportunity which will give you a better chance of securing their services for your event.
Refreshments should be provided for judges and recorders. In addition, it is customary to present officials with a small gift or a contribution towards travel expenses as a thank you for their attendance at the end of the event.
Winners and runners up prizes for each weight category should be provided for each puller and the coach. Entry fees can be charged per weight class to cover the cost of prizes.
Car parking should be available at the venue but should not be allowed adjacent to the arena to allow spectators to view the competition.
Toilet and hand washing facilities should be available at the venue.
Organisers should arrange for catering to be available at the event so that competitors / spectators have the opportunity to purchase refreshments. If organisers arrange this themselves, it provides further opportunity to raise funds to cover the cost of organising an event.
Organisers are permitted to secure sponsorship / advertising for their own events. Other fund raising activities, such as a raffle, stalls etc. are also permitted.
Advertising and Promoting your Event
All organisers are encouraged to promote their own events online, in local newspapers, banner advertising at the venue, and displaying posters, etc.
Early engagement with clubs is recommended in addition. Early advertising of an event, particularly on social media will help you attract more teams and spectators to your event and should not be left until the last minute.
To apply for a TOWA Permit to host an event in 2021, please submit a permit application form to the TOWA Secretary by Thursday 26 November 2020 as the fixture list will be discussed at the TOWA Committee Meeting on Saturday 28 November 2020.
The cost of a permit is £20. All events organised under a TOWA permit and run under TOWA rules with TOWA judges in attendance are covered by TOWA public liability insurance. Cheques for the permit application should be made payable to “The Tug of War Association”.
Permit application forms are available to download below. Permit application forms can be sent to the TOWA Secretary by e-mail and post:
Post: Mick Copper, 11 Holmfield Drive, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6PB
Provision of Contact Details
All TOWA fixtures (excluding YFC only and Military Only) are advertised in our annual handbook, are listed on our web site, and are publicised on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Please note that we publicise contact details for each event in all of the above, so please provide a phone number and e-mail address so that clubs wishing to enter an event can contact event organisers for more information. In addition, please confirm that the person whose contact details are given consents to the publication of their contact details in our handbook, on our web site and on social media.
Download Permit Application Forms