Come along and take part in the annual Kessingland tug of war weekend on 13 and 14 October, with 2018 being the 40th anniversary of this event!
This competition is open to ALL teams and any individual pullers who want to go along and pull with other clubs for the weekend - just book some accommodation and take your tug of war kit with you. There will be plenty of pulling for everyone who attends!
This is a friendly and social tug of war weekend with some good competition to see out the 2018 outdoor season.
There are two days of competition, with the weigh in for each day of competition taking place on the morning of each competition. Teams can compete on either day or on both days.
Weigh In on each day 10.00, First Pull on each day 11.00
The above event scheduled for 21 October will no longer be taking place at Countryside Live due to issues with the event organisers. As such, an alternative venue has secured, so this tug of war competition will take place at the following venue:
Derwent Arms Osbaldwick York North Yorkshire YO10 3NP
Weigh In 10am, First Pull 11am. Weights - 600, 640, 680, Ladies 560k and 520kg and Mixed 600kg and 660 4+4. Contact Dave Hamer for further details on 01422 823397.
No entry tickets are required in advance, however teams are requested to confirm their intention to attend in advance. Teams to contact David Hamer 07817 681286 or Neil Hudson 07711 039034.
Starting on Sunday 28 October, there will be 5 weekly competitions, taking place on Sundays, followed by the TOWA national indoor championships on Saturday 1st December
The indoor season is run as a league. Annual team trophies (donated by Len Hall) are awarded for each weight class at the final indoor competition before the national championships for the teams that have accumulated the most points over the course of the season in each weight class.
This season will include new 6 a side weight classes at 480kg and 510kg for men. Ladies/junior 6 a side weights will be confirmed shortly.
As per the ruling voted in at the 2018 AGM, This year, there will be a 6 a side weight class held at each indoor event (open competitions only). Teams may weigh into these weight classes with 6 pullers or 5 pullers, as with normal 8 a side competitions where teams can weigh in with 7 pullers.
This weight class is a great opportunity for teams who have never done indoor tug of war before, or for teams with small squads to come along and take part. It is also ideal for outdoor teams looking to keep fit over the winter to come along and have a go. All you need is your normal tug of war kit and flat soft sole trainers instead of boots. Multiple teams can be entered into the 6 a side weight classes if your clubs have sufficient numbers in attendance, and teams can also borrow pullers to make extra teams.
Please note that in order to encourage new teams to take part on the indoor circuit that for the 6 a side weight classes, the TOWA committee has resolved to only permit unmodified, shop bought shoes for the 6 a side weight categories.
Please note also that the 6 a side weight classes will not count towards the criteria for qualifying to represent England for those teams looking to qualify to represent England at the British and Irish Championships. If teams attend an indoor event with 5 pullers to compete in the 6 a side weight class, and wish for the event to count towards the qualification criteria for representing England, then they may borrow two pullers to compete in an 8 a side weight class with 7 pullers as a maximum of two pullers may be borrowed to be eligible to meet the criteria, with our rules allowing for teams to compete with 7 pullers in open competitions.
Entry to the hall each week is £2 per person (which includes raffle tickets) to help cover the costs of hall hire.
In advance of the first competitions, teams are asked to contact the TOWA secretary to confirm attendance and approximate number of weight classes that you think your team is likely to enter so that appropriate planning can take place in advance of the event to ensure that the hall is booked for the appropriate length of time.
The list of open competition fixtures prior to the national indoor championships are available on the fixtures page. Please note that the weigh in time for each competition is 9am, with competitions starting at 10am.
We are looking forward to another good indoor tug of war season!
4 members of the Royal Corps of Signals recently traveled to South Africa as part of the England Tug of War Squad to take part in the World Tug of War Championships.
Warrant Officer Class One Brian Mclean is a member of 11th (Royal School of Signals ) Signal Regiment and has been involved with military Tug of War for almost 23 years. He is key to the development of the sport within the Army as he introduces young junior soldiers to the sport whilst they are in training. He traveled to South Africa in an assistant coach capacity and gained valuable experience of youth Tug of War at International level which will aid with the development of the young soldiers he has under his command.
In addition to Brian, 3 other members of the Royal Corps of Signals recently traveled to South Africa as part of the England Tug of War Squad to take part in the World Tug of War Championships. Warrant Officer Class Two Jon Perks traveled over as part of his civilian club Felton Eccles who he competed for in the open competition before competing in the closed competition for England, winning a bronze medal in the 680kg weight category. Signaller Nial Lewis and Signaller Elise Kalaher are Phase 2 trainee soldiers who are currently completing their trade training after joining the Army in the past year. While pulling for 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment this season on the Army circuit they both caught the eye of the England Junior team manager and were selected to represent England Juniors in South Africa and also competed in the open competition for Team ACF.
Congratulations to the above. A number of military teams and personnel have competed on the TOWA circuit over a great number of years and continue to do so. Many civilian clubs also take on military pullers after they have left the service, so if you are an ex-member of a forces tug of war team and want to remain involved in the sport, then please contact us to find a tug of war club near to you!
On the weekend of 23-25 August, the Tug of War Association has the honour of hosting the 2019 GENSB youth international club tournament.
This is an open competition and is open to ALL junior teams (male, female or mixed). There are no pre-qualification competitions and any club can take part. Please visit the GENSB 2019 page for further details about how to take part.
It is with regret that the Midland Area TOWA have had to cancel the above event, due to teams not informing the organisers whether or not they were going to attend the event.
Going forward, the Tug of War Association would like to remind teams that you should contact event organisers in advance of an event to confirm whether or not you are going to attend. A lot of organisation, time and expenditure is required to put on events, so co-operation with event organisers by all teams from this point forward would be appreciated. Thank you.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make this a success - from those who organised the event from the outset, all of the volunteers, Wyboston Lakes, all of the teams, all of the officials and all of the supporters. We had a great time! Here's to the next 60 years and beyond!