2022 National Championships - Saturday 18 June 2022
We will this year be streaming the National Tug of War Championships via Facebook!
This will be pay per view charged at 99p per viewer.
There will be two streams on the day given that there is a time limit for live streaming of 8 hours.
Part 1 of the National Tug of War Championships will include the first group of weight classes, with competitions scheduled to start at 9.30am GMT.
The part 1 stream will include the following weight classes:
- Men 640kg, 560kg, 720kg
- Ladies 500kg, 540kg and 520kg
The link to the part 1 stream is accessible by clicking here
The part 2 stream will follow (from approx. 1pm, although this could start a little later) and will include the following weight classes:
- Men 600kg and 680kg
- Ladies 560kg
- Mixed 580kg
The link to the part 2 stream is accessible by clicking here
Each stream will be subject to a separate 99p charge but once you have paid to access the stream you will be able to dip in and dip out or re-join if you lose connection. Payment of the streaming fee can be made using a credit or debit card. Payments can be made in advance of the event so you can access the stream straight away when it is available.
Once the streaming is completed, it will remain online and available on Facebook to anyone who has paid for the stream to watch it back again.
Please share this around to your friends and supporters who can't attend the event in person so that they can log on and support you online on the day!
National Outdoor Championships - Saturday 18th June 2022
Venue - Kempston Hammers Sports Club, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7BN
Entry forms for the 2022 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships will be made available to download in due course. Please ensure that they are returned by the advertised deadline.
2022 National Championships Weight Entry Forms
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, which is 04 June 2022. Your entry will not be confirmed until we have received BOTH your entry form AND the entry fees. Cheques should be made payable to "The Tug of War Association".
Bank transfers can be paid to:
sort code: 54-30-27
Account Number: 37013963
Account Name: Tug of War Association Club Account
Please quote your club name and quote national championships entry fee into the payment description. Please note that we will never e-mail you to change account payment details. If you receive such a communication, or are unsure, please contact us by phone to confirm payment details before making any bank transfer.
Please note that entry fees are non-refundable if you withdraw from any weight classes after the deadline for entries has passed.
Registration Cards Required
Individual Weigh In - Friday 17th June - 3.30pm - 7.30pm - to be held at Kempston Hammers Sports Club, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7BN
Stamping - Saturday 18th - from 8am at the sports club - please do not arrive late at the venue for stamping.
Note - Teams will be able to weigh in on the Saturday morning if they wish to do so, however for teams weighing in on the Saturday morning, the weigh in will take place on 8 man scales and MUST be agreed and approved by the Championship secretary prior to the event.. There will be no individual weigh in on the Saturday.
First Pull - 09.30am
Weights (in pulling order)
** please note that the mens catchweight competition will take place at the same time as the mens 560kg competition.
* denotes weight categories that are representative weights at the World 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 (£150 per club) or associate club members (£30 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 Secretary Mick Copper for a membership form on 01933 622639 or e-mail email@example.com
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 £10 per puller/coach, which registers your team members to compete at all Tug of War Association competitions and championships throughout 2021. Please note that to compete at the championships, all pullers must be registered by 18th May at the very latest. Please note that if you paid to register pullers in 2020, you will not have to pay again in 2021, however if you wish to register any new / additional pullers, then the relevant registration fee will apply.
For new pullers, only official passport type photos on photo quality paper will be accepted, which the puller must print their name and sign on the rear as well as provide a date of birth. Photos printed off social media, etc. will not be accepted. For junior and under 23 pullers, a copy of a document that provides proof of age should be provided with the registration form. Acceptable documents for proof of age are as follows:
- a full or provisional driving license
- a passport
- a birth certificate
You can download the puller registration forms below in Excel and PDF 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that as per our new drug testing policy, all pullers who register to compete do so on the basis that they may be subject to being called forward for a random drug test.
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 18th May 2022 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, and at the discretion of the TOWA fourth 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 6 outdoor permitted tug of war competitions from the TOWA Fixture List, or if less than 6, as many competitions within a 200 mile radius of your club's training ground as the crow flies (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 2018 TOWA AGM on Saturday 26th January 2018. 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. Latest ruling as per the resolution passed at the 2022 AGM.
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 5 of your club's own registered pullers if weighing in to compete with 7 members, or 6 of your club's own registered pullers if weighing in to compete with 8 members.
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 2023 national championships.
The winning teams in each weight class may also have the honour of being invited to represent England at the British and Irish Championships and/or the World Championships, which are scheduled to take place respectively in Swansea, Wales in August, and in Holten, Netherlands, in September.
Mens teams may register female pullers from other clubs as second claim members to compete in the mixed weight class, and likewise, ladies teams may register male pullers from other clubs as second claim members to compete in the mixed weight class where a mens club or ladies club don't have a team of the opposite gender.
At the 2018 AGM a resolution was passed that will only allow a mixed 4+4 team to be made up of pullers from a maximum of two clubs only. This can be of any combination, e.g. 4 males from one club and 4 females from another club, or 4 males and 2 females from one club and 2 females from another club and so on.
Second claim pullers for the mixed weight class must also be registered by 18 May 2022.
Participating teams will be permitted to erect a team tent for the day, however tents will only be permitted to be erected in the designated area. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
Tents will NOT be permitted to be erected next to the edge of the arena. If you erect your team tent next to the arena outside of the designated area then you will be asked to move it.
Cars will NOT be permitted on the field / around the arena at all and must be parked in the designated car park.
Entry for spectators to the event is free.
For further details about the national championships, please contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston on 01205 369753