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National Outdoor Championships - Saturday June 17th 2017

Venue - Offwell Playing Fields, Offwell, Near Honiton, Devon, EX14 9SA

Entry forms for the 2017 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships are now available and can be downloaded below. Separate entry forms are provided for mens, ladies, juniors and senior mixed entries:

Senior Men Entry Form

Senior Ladies Entry Form

Senior Mixed Entry Form

Junior Entry Form

The closing date for entries is Saturday 3 June 2017.

Please ensure that you complete the entry forms and submit with the relevant entry fees (£25 per team per weight class) by the deadline to the Championship Secretary, Mick Grimston, using the details on the entry form.

Registration Cards Required

Weigh In - Friday 16th June - 4pm - 8pm at Offwell

Stamping - Saturday 17th June - 8am - 9am

First Pull - 10am

Weights (in pulling order) Men 640*, 560*/Catchweight**, 720*, 600, 680*, 600 4+4*

Ladies - 560*, 520*

Junior Men - 560* Junior Ladies – 480* and 520* - Junior Mixed 4+4 - 560kg

** please note the mens catchweight competition will take place at the same time as the mens 560 kilos competition
* denotes weight categories that are representative weights at the European Outdoor Championships and World Junior Championships and British and Irish Outdoor Championships.

How to compete at the event:

1. Register your team as a full or associate club member with the Tug of War Association Clubs wishing to compete on a regular basis and teams wishing to compete at championship events should become full club members (£100 per club) or associate club members (£20 per club) of the Tug of War Association. If your club has yet to renew their membership with the Tug of War Association, or wishes to join the Tug of War Association as new members, then please contact TOWA Treasurer Alan Ludkin for a membership form on 01304 617660 or e-mail alan.ludkin@hotmail.co.uk

2. Register all of your individual pullers and team coach by completing the puller registration form and provide 2 passport size photos of each member and team coach (if not already registered with the TOWA) and submit your form to the Tug of War Association Secretary with the appropriate puller registration fee of £5 per puller/coach, which registers your team members to compete at all Tug of War Association competitions and championships throughout 2017. Please note that to compete at the championships, all pullers must be registered by Wednesday 17th May at the latest.

You can download the puller registration forms below in Excel and PDF format.

Club member registration form (pdf format)

Club member registration form (Excel format)

Please return your puller membership form and puller registration fees to TOWA Secretary Mick Copper by post - 11 Holmfield Drive, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6PB, or e-mail an electronic copy of your forms to mick.copper@tiscali.co.uk

3. Complete the national outdoor tug of war championships entry form to confirm which weight classes your team would like to enter, and submit it to the Tug of War Association Championship Secretary with the relevant entry fees.

How does your team qualify to compete at the championships?

There are no pre-qualification events that teams have to attend to qualify to compete at the Tug of War Association National Outdoor Tug of War Championships
. As long as your club is registered as a full or associate member of the Tug of War Association, all individual pullers have been registered by 17 May 2017, you have submitted your entry form and paid all entry fees in advance, then your team can compete. All registered teams are welcome to compete.

The only qualifying criteria that applies is for those teams who aspire to be selected to represent England at international events. The winning teams (and in some cases the second or third placed teams) from the various weight classes at the national championships may be eligible for selection to represent England at international events.

To be eligible to be invited to represent England, teams must have competed in a least 4 outdoor permitted tug of war competitions from the TOWA Fixture List (excluding any training leagues, early pulls, limited events (such as Young Farmers only events) or other similar type of non TOWA event) as amended at the 2016 TOWA AGM on Saturday 30th January 2016. Junior teams wishing to represent must have also competed in junior weight classes at 4 competitions prior to the national championships to be eligible to be invited to represent England as amended at the 2016 TOWA AGM on Saturday 30th January 2016. If in doubt check with your Area Rep or other member of the General Committee.

Please note that for your attendance at a permitted competition to count towards the England qualifying/selection criteria, competing at an event means weighing in, having your team stamped by a judge, fully completing the entry sheet, and paying the entry fee in at least one weight class with a minimum of 6 of your club's own registered pullers. 

Please note otherwise, that competing at the TOWA national championships is open to any club registered to the Tug of War Association, and there is no set number of events that teams have to attend to qualify to compete. The qualifying criteria referred to above only applies to those teams wishing to qualify to represent England.

Otherwise, please refer to rule 2.3 of the TOWA rules contained within the TOWA Handbook regarding eligibility to compete at the TOWA National Championships and eligibility to represent England.


Each team can make 1 substitution per weight class. The replacement puller must be the same weight or lighter than the puller they replace.


Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to the top three teams in each weight class. An annual trophy will also be presented to the winners of each weight class to keep for one year to be returned at the 2018 national championships.

For further details about the national championships, please contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston on 01205 369753