Following the latest advice issued by the Government on Monday 22nd February organised Sports can restart on Monday 29th March.
Therefore, Tug of War Team training can restart on Monday 29th March onwards, providing Teams follow the Training procedure previously circulated by the TOWA General Committee, a copy of which can be downloaded from our Covid-19 Page.
In addition, before resuming training, all clubs MUST have a nominated covid officer, the names of which must be forwarded by your club secretary to the TOWA Officials and Records Secretary, Gavin Corden. Until your clubs have notified us of your covid officer, you will not be permitted to re-start training.
In addition, it has been decided that in order to allow teams enough time to prepare, the start of competitions will be delayed until the weekend of Sunday 9 May, so the first planned event of the season will be the Midland area championships.
A further decision on whether or not any of the TOWA championships, including the national championships, will be delayed has not yet been made, and such a decision will be made in consultation with clubs in due course.
Please see our full update on our dedicated Covid-19 Page. The latest update is dated 25 February 2021
The Tug of War Association would like to thank all clubs and individual members for your continued support and for renewing your memberships for 2021.
We are optimistic that competitions will be able to resume in some form in the spring, so if you have yet to renew your membership, please make sure you do so so that we have up to date contact details for you and we can keep you up to date with any new updates when more details about any "unlock" are announced by the Government in due course.
If you would like to join the TOWA as a club, associate or individual member, then please contact the treasurer or the secretary for a membership form.
Congratulations to Richard Keightley, Dave Sorrell and Bill Kerry on their Tug of War Association Awards of Merit!
At the recent TOWA AGM, it was announced that Richard, Dave and Bill were to receive the Award of Merit, which is awarded for long and distinguished service to tug of war. Unfortunately, as the AGM had to be held online this year, we were not able to present these upstanding members their awards in person, however we hope to be able to do so later in the year, possibly at the national championships. You can read more about why this years award winners were nominated by clicking here
As per previous communications, the 2021 TOWA AGM will be held via a video conference on Saturday 30 January.
The TOWA has decided on the version of the software the TOWA will use to run the video conference, and to be able to vote, we need to send out invites to the e-mail addresses of the Team Secretaries, (or nominated deputies), and Individual TOWA Members who can join the TOWA AGM and vote.
Because of the time required to set this virtual meeting up for participating Teams / Individuals and prepare the presentations in the nominated software, the cut off point for Teams / Individuals to submit their membership forms and pay membership fees to be able to attend the TOWA AGM will be Saturday 23rd January. As stated previously, we realise that many of the TOWA Membership are used to being able to renew membership / join up to the TOWA on the day of the TOWA AGM, but unfortunately this will not be possible this year.
Of course Teams / Individuals can still continue to pay their 2021 Membership fees after 23rd January 2021, but they will not be able to join the TOWA AGM on the 30th January 2021 if membership forms are returned and fees paid after this time.
If Individuals have Joint Membership then we will require 2 different e-mail addresses for both to be able to vote.
So if you wish to participate in the 2021 TOWA AGM then please ensure the TOWA Treasurer / Hon. Gen. Secretary has received your Payment & Registration form by Saturday 23rd January.
It will also possible to join the TOWA AGM by phone in if you cannot log in via Computer, Tablet or smart phone and a phone number will be advised on the invite that will be sent out prior to the 2021 TOWA AGM.
Also, if you have any matters / questions you wish to raise under “any other business” then it would assist the running of the meeting if you could send any matters /questions to the TOWA Secretary in advance.
So if you have received your membership renewal forms and have yet to return them with your membership fees, then please return your membership fees as soon as possibleand by Saturday. You can also pay membership fees by bank transfer using the TOWA bank details provided with the membership renewal forms.
If you are a club/individual and you wish to join the TOWA in 2021, then please contact the TOWA Secretary or Treasurer for a membership form. Further information about joining the TOWA is available on the “Join the TOWA” page of this web site.
Vote for James Keogh (tug of war, Ireland) in the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time!
Voting is now open in the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time vote.
Please support tug of war by casting a vote for James, who competed in a remarkable 9 World Games! Remember - you can cast a vote every day, so please help tug of war get the recognition that it deserves by casting a daily vote.
Prior to Christmas, membership renewal application forms were sent out to all current club, associate and individual members.
If you or your team are not members of the TOWA and you would like to join the TOWA as a club, associate or individual member, then please visit the how to join page for further info and contact the TOWA Treasurer or Secretary for a membership form. You can find out more about joining the TOWA by clicking here.
Members are kindly requested to return membership renewal forms and membership fees to the TOWA by return if you haven’t done so already. This is to ensure that all members can participate at the AGM at the end of January, in the event that the AGM has to be conducted fully as an online video conference event. Membership forms and fees should be returned to the TOWA treasurer as soon as possible and at least one week prior to the AGM.
Payments can also be made by bank transfer, and if you wish to pay by this method, please contact the TOWA treasurer by phone to ensure that the payment details you have received are correct. The TOWA will not be liable for any payments made to a different bank account. Please note that the TOWA will not email you to change payment/bank details, so please report to us any suspicious e-mails. Please be alert to the potential for cyber fraud. You can find out more about protecting your online privacy and security and minimising your risk of becoming a victim of online fraud on the National Cyber Security Centre web site.
We look forward to hopefully seeing new and existing members in the competition arena in the near future.
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, 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, using the permit application form, along with a permit fee.
For further details on 2021 fixtures, please click here
Area 5 will be holding their AGM remotely on Saturday 7th November at 4pm.
All club and individual members from the area are invited to join and they should email email@example.com before 31st October to register their interest, following which joining instructions will be provided.
Each area committee of the TOWA is reminded that area meetings should still take place during 2020 as required by our constitution.
Obviously these will be more challenging than normal but it is essential that each Area hold their Area AGM in accordance with Appendix C of the Constitution, which means this will need to be done via video or audio conferencing.
If any area committee needs and assistance with this, then please contact the TOWA Chairman.
The Minutes of your Area AGM should be submitted to the Hon Gen Sec and should identify your Area Officers and your Area Reps (plus stand in representatives) as a minimum and any resolutions the Area may wish to put forward to the AGM.
In normal times, September would have seen TWIF celebrating its 60th Anniversary at the 2020 World Outdoor Tug of War Championships which were this year due to be held in the Basque Country. The World Championships have been postponed until next year. The Tug of War Association are otherwise proud to have been founder members of TWIF.
In the meantime, TWIF have published a 60th Anniversary Magazine, which can be downloaded below.
17-19 August 2020 marks 100 years since tug of war was last contested at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium in 1920 with Great Britain winning the gold medal.
The Tug of War Association would like to see our sport return in the future.
Of course, getting the sport back into the Olympics is a huge task, and we therefore remain humble and realistic and accept that we have some very hard work ahead to reach our ultimate dream of getting our sport back onto one of the worlds biggest sporting platforms.
Click here to read our press release about why we think tug of war should return to the Olympic Games.
If you want to get involved in tug of war by joining an existing club or starting your own team, then please contact us!
The TOWA is sad to announce the passing of Ernie Cook.
Ernie was a stalwart member of Curzon & Rainham tug of war clubs, where he was the anchorman for many years. He was a great clubman missing very few competitions and will be remembered for his great sense of humour as well as his competitive spirit.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates at this sad time.
Last week, UK Anti-Doping’s ‘Clean in Quarantine’ campaign was launched as part of Clean Sport Week 2020.
The campaign, now in its fourth year, is being supported by a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, who are taking part in several online activities focusing on anti-doping education throughout the week, 18-24 May 2020.
Based on research conducted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Clean Sport Week is encouraging those in sport to celebrate clean sport and continue expanding their anti-doping knowledge. Furthermore, UKAD is calling for athletes to adopt practices into their day-to-day lives that will reduce the risk of violating anti-doping rules.
Through a number of online events, the ‘Clean in Quarantine’ campaign for Clean Sport Week, will promote UKAD’s online education programmes including Coach Clean, which is now available free online.
Clean Sport Week is a partnership campaign between UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and the wider British sporting family, which provides a platform to celebrate clean sport.
From promoting UKAD’s Coach Clean course and other free online education programmes, to sharing videos featuring elite athletes and coaches, and hosting an anti-doping webinar, the ‘Clean in Quarantine’ campaign is focusing on online events and activities amidst the Covid-19 lockdown.
Click hereto register for the free anti-doping education programmes and for more details on the campaign. Join in the conversation on social media using #CleanInQuarantine.
UK Anti-Doping is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
For more information on what UKAD do, please click here.
We’re delighted to inform you that through UK Coaching, you can access the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ – usually £18 – for free!
As part of last week's Mental Health Awareness Week, UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners – Mind and Sport England – have released it to the wider coaching community.
All you need to do is head to www.ukcoaching.org where you will be able to purchase the course for free.
The mental health of the population is being challenged during this isolating time.
Equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support your own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward.
We would encourage anyone acting in a coaching / support / welfare capacity role within tug of war to take part in this online course. The course is available free of charge until 31 August.
Please can all of our members / clubs share this information.
Please see the post below from TWIF confirming the postponement of the 2020 World Outdoor Championships until 2021. The 2021 European Championships will now be held in 2022 and the 2022 World Championships in Switzerland will be held in 2023. Click the post to expand the notice further.
Click here for the report / results from the 2006 National Outdoor Tug of War Championships held at the Three Counties, Show, Malvern, Worcester in addition, two presentations of the TOWA Award of Merit were made at this event.
Whilst the ongoing social distancing measures are in place to tackle Covid-19, it is very important whilst all competitions and training are suspended that all clubs, pullers (past and present) and all individuals / tug of war supporters do what they can to promote tug of war. We therefore ask all clubs and pullers, past and present to do the following in the coming weeks:
publish regular posts on you club social media pages / channels from previous events
encourage all of your members to share the above posts
consider publishing videos of some of the individual training you are doing ready for such time that competitions can resume
if you are a retired puller, get your photos/videos out from the archives and share them on social media
The above will help us to promote tug of war during this time and keep our sport at the forefront of peoples minds as well as help people to stay connected.
Every day at 5pm, we are posting photos and videos on our Facebook Page for everyone to view and share.
For those who don't use Facebook, some of the videos we have posted are available to view on our press and media page.
The 2020 National Tug of War Championships takes place on Saturday 20 June at the Grove and Wantage Extravaganza in Oxfordshire.
All teams are encouraged to register and take part. Clubs and pullers need to be registered with the TOWA by Wednesday 20 May 2020 at the very latest, ideally sooner (please note that the deadline to register for the AAA Championships is 19th April 2020). Remember - there are no pre-qualification events. It is only teams that wish to be eligible to represent England that are required to attend a set number of events throughout the season.
For further details about how to register your teams and pullers to take part, please visit the National Championships 2020 page of this web site. Puller registration forms are available to download on the National Championships page in excel and pdf format.
Please can all club secretaries / coaches please ensure that any under 23 pullers that you have who are interested in taking part complete and return an application form to the relevant team manager as early as possible. Forms are available on the under 23 page.
Please note that we can only consider/include pullers if they make themselves known to us and complete a form. There have been several instances previously where pullers have approached the team managers on the day of a championship asking to take part, which is of course too late. So please ensure that all eligible pullers complete and return an application form.
Over the weekend of 22-23 February, England took a small squad of pullers to the World Indoor Championships with Uppertown representing England in the 680kg, and England also competing in the 640kg competition with a composite teamed formed of pullers from Raunds, Uppertown, Bosley and Kilroe.
Next Wednesday is international tug of war day. It is also the day before the TWIF world indoor championships start.
What we would like all pullers (current and retired) and all tug of war supporters to do on the day is put up a post about tug of war on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, instagram, etc) and share it including the hashtags #InternationalTugofWarDay and #TugofWarDay and encourage people to give the sport a go. Likewise all clubs should post about it on your own social media pages.
Such posts could include any or a combination of a photo or video of a memorable pull or other special memory, a special medal or trophy collection, a post about some of the social aspects of our sport/friendships made, a link to a web page about tug of war, a link to your clubs social pages encouraging people to join, links to YouTube videos of tug of war etc.
Use you imagination and come up with something engaging and encourage interaction and hopefully encourage people to give tug of war a go and grow our sport.
So set a reminder on your phones to post about tug of war next Wednesday 19th February (including the hashtags with your posts) and let’s promote our sport as far as possible.
Thanks in anticipation for your support! Please pass this message on to all of your team mates. If you have older relatives that used to be involved in the sport but are not on social medial, then please ask them if you post photos etc. onto social media on their behalf.
Fixtures for the 2020 season are now online. Click here to see our full fixture list. Please note that there may be additions / amendments to the fixture list throughout the year, so please continue to check back to make sure that any details are correct.
The TOWA has now published and updated Safeguarding Statement
The policy and procedures set out in the TOWA safeguarding statement are mandatory for everyone involved in the Tug of War Association. Failure by anyone to comply with the policy and procedures set out in the document will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the TOWA.
The latest document was resolved to be adopted by the General Committee in November 2019. The safeguarding statement can be downloaded via the link below. A copy of the statement is also available to download on our rules page.
Membership forms are in the process of being sent out to all current club and individual members.
Please could all clubs / individuals ensure that you send your membership renewals and membership fee in before 1 January 2020.
In addition, please can you ensure that you accurately complete your contact details so that our records are up to date and confirm your agreement to your contact details being published in the TOWA Handbook as per the correspondence that accompanies the membership forms.
Club members - please make sure you name your two nominated club welfare officers on your membership form. This is mandatory.
Membership fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "The Tug of War Association") or you can pay by bank transfer using the following details:
sort code: 54-30-27
Account Number: 37013963
Account Name: Tug of War Association Club Account
Please put your club / individual name on the payment description line so we know who the payment has come from.
Before making payment via bank transfer, we advise that you contact the TOWA Treasurer, Alan Ludkin, by phone on 01304 617660 to verify our account details. The TOWA does not accept responsibility if you transfer funds to the wrong account. Please note also that we do not e-mail you regarding changes to our account details, so if you receive any e-mails telling you to pay into a different account then please do not pay any money into such accounts, and please inform us if you receive any suspicious communications.
The Tug of War Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Ling.
Dave was the chairman of TOWA Area 5 and was involved in tug of war firstly as a puller, then a coach and organiser for many years. In more recent years, Dave was heavily involved in organising and encouraging teams along to the Kessingland Autumn Tug of War weekend, including this year’s event in October.
As a puller, Dave was a member of the Reedham Vikings team for many years until the club disbanded, and after that, Dave carried on as a puller with Totham Bull and a puller/coach with Woodton.
Dave was a very friendly and helpful person on the tug of war circuit and he will be missed by many.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with Dave’s wife Pat, his family, friends and team mates.
The funeral will take place on January 10th 2020 at 1pm at Magdalen Crematorium, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7JJ.
Family flowers only please.
Any donations to the Royal British legion, either at Jarys on Northgate street, Great Yarmouth or a collection box at the service.
The weight classes for the open competition at the British and Irish Championships have now been confirmed as follows:
Men - 560, 600, 640, 680
Ladies - 500 and 540
Senior Mixed - 580
Junior Men - 560
Junior Ladies - 520
As it is an open competition, teams may weigh in with 7 pullers in a weight class if they wish to do so, and in the mens weight classes, teams may weigh in with up to two female pullers if required.
In addition, please note the following regarding accommodation.
We have reserved all twin rooms at the hotel for competitors as well as double rooms, however the hotel may release double rooms to the general public if they are not booked in good time, so teams are advised to book their accommodation at the earliest opportunity.
The web site for the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships to be held in the Basque Country on 16-20 September 2020 has now been launched. The web site contains programme, information and accommodation details.
On 1 and 2 February 2020, the Tug of War Association will be hosting the 2020 British and Irish Indoor Tug of War Championships. Please click here for further details about how to take part or go along and support the teams taking part. There is both an international competition and an open club competition. Any club is eligible to take part in the open competition.
The first indoor competition of the 2019/20 season takes place on Sunday 3 November. ALL teams are welcome and encouraged to take part in indoor tug of war.
Please note that:
The weigh in for all Sunday open competitions commences at 9am, with the first pull at 10am
The venue for all events and championships is the Harry Mitchell Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH
The AAA Indoor Championships takes place on Sunday 17 November
The indoor National Championships takes place on Saturday 7 December, with the weigh in taking place on Friday 6 December between 4pm and 8pm
All indoor fixtures, including weight classes for each event are available on our fixtures page
All puller registrations / temporary transfers of pullers from outdoor to indoor clubs need to be completed one month prior to the relevant championships
The deadline to register pullers for the AAA indoor championships is Thursday 17 October 2019
The deadline to register pullers for the national indoor championships is Thursday 7 November 2019
All teams intending to take part on the indoor circuit should contact the TOWA Secretary in advance to confirm attendance at the various weekly competitions to ensure that the hall is booked for a sufficient amount of time for each event and sufficient officials are in attendance.
For all enquiries about the indoor tug of war season, please contact the TOWA Secretary by e-mail or phone 01933 622639
The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Patsy Murphy, former puller of Garry Owen, Albright and Wilson, St Pats and Felton Eccles. Click here for a tribute from his former coach at St Pats, Steve Goss and funeral details.
Click here for the schedule of events for the next four days of competition (including which English teams will be competing when) and a link to the live streaming which we have embedded onto our site for everyone to watch.
Make sure you log on to support the England teams taking part!
From Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2019, the TWIF European Outdoor Tug of War Championships will be taking place in Castlebar, Republic of Ireland and teams from England will be taking part in the event!
It is certain to be a tough but exciting competition and we would like to wish all of the teams from England that are taking part the very best of luck!
You can read more about the teams representing England this week by clicking here!
2019 saw England host the annual GENSB junior international tournament in Folkestone, Kent over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It was a very hot day and the teams taking part enjoyed an excellent day of tug of war!
Click here for a report, photos and videos from the event!
Steve Phillips of St.Clarets and Thames Valley TOWC's sadly passed away on Friday 9th August. Steve had been fighting Cancer for some while and was recently at the Area 7 Open Championships at Sandhurst in July. Steve had seemed in good spirits and was looking forward to keeping in touch with his Tug of War friends, but this was sadly not to be.
Steve's Funeral will be on Wednesday 28th August at 1am ATGrange Park Baptists Church, 217 Lansbury Drive, Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 8RS. The service will be followed by the burial at 12.30pm at Northwood Cemetery, HA6 1HU. The wake will be held at Hayes & Harrington Community Centre, Albert Road Hayes, UB3 4HR
Nick Skelton of Cotswold Farmers and recently Coach of Ansty YFC TOW Club has also recently passed away following his fight against Cancer.
Nick was a well known competitor in the South West and competed at both Outdoor and Indoor Tug of War with Cotswold Farmers.
Nick has been Coaching Ansty YFC in recent years and as well as competing in the TOWA National Championships, Ansty YFC won the YFC Championships in 2017, and most recently this year even though Nick was too ill to attend.
Our thoughts are with Steve and Nick's family, friends and team mates at this difficult time.
Well done to all of the teams who travelled to the British and Irish Tug of War Championships in Northern Ireland over the weekend. It was a fantastic event which saw England come away with a number of medals! Click here for a report from the event!
The Tug of War Association is sad to learn that ex TOWA judge Martin Thorpe passed away on 31 July.
The Funeral will take place 28 August at 1pm at North Herts Memorial Park and Crematorium.
Followed by tea at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, Lower Stondon.
If anyone would like to attend, write a tribute and/or make a tribute then you are asked to please contact Kirsty Thorpe by email. If you would like to make contact, then please drop us a message and we can provide you with the email address by return.
The family are asking for all gents to wear bright coloured or character ties and brighly coloured ties. Family flowers only and donations if you wish will be splite between Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
This weekend the 2019 British and Irish Tug of War Championships take place in Northern Ireland, with the closed international competition taking place on Friday 9 August and the open club competition taking place on Saturday 10 August.
The Tug of War Association would like to wish all of those teams travelling to the event the very best of luck.
You can find out more about the teams that are representing England by clicking here.
Well done and thank you to everyone who attended the TOWA training and development day on Sunday 28 July at Holland Sports Club.
The day went well despite the weather and we hope that everyone who attended learned something new and got plenty from the day.
As ever, if you have any constructive feedback from the day, positive or negative, then please contact us with your comments and suggestions as to how we can improve future training and development days.
The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Nigel Slade.
Nigel Slade started his career with Byfords/Southend ToWC before joining Rainham/St. George in 1992. With the Club he was a regular member in the teams that achieved a Silver and 5 Bronzes at the outdoor national championships. When he joined Tonbridge in 2004 he was in the 640kg National bronze medalist side.
He achieved greater success on the Indoor circuit with BAC being part of numerous Gold medal winning teams and also represented England.
A good bloke all round and great competitor.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team mates.
The Funeral of Nigel Slade will take place on Tuesday 13th August 2019 at St. Andrews Church, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1NW at 12.00pm.
The burial will be at The Lawn Cemetary, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PA at 1pm.
Every will be welcome to come back to the house after for tea/coffee and food.
On Sunay 28 July 2019, the TOWA will be holding a recorders course in conjunction with the TOWA Training and Development Day
TOWA recorders provide a very important role in the running of tug of war competitions, in particular assisting with the draw, recording the scores and recording cautions received by each team.
Becoming a TOWA recorder offers those who enjoy coming along to support events with an opportunity to participate and assist with the running of such events. There are few limitations to becoming a TOWA recorder and everyone is encouraged to put themselves forward.
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone that wishes to help out with recording at their local club events.
Click here for a link to an article featured on "Around the Rings" for an interview with TWIF President Anton Rabe discussing the prospects and challenges for the future of including tug of war in the Olympic Games.
If you are a Facebook or Twitter user, please click the links below and share the article with your friends / followers to help promote the ethos and values of our sport.
All teams are kindly asked to note that there are a number of events that are taking place at various shows and public events around the country during 2019. These events are great opportunities to showcase our sport to a large audience and all teams are encouraged to support these events as much as possible.
Please click here for more details about how to take part at various shows around the country and the deadlines for obtaining entry passes and confirming your attendance.
Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, Thames Valley have regrettably had to cancel their event taking place on Sunday 28 April. There is still another fixture taking place on that date at Sheen in the Peak District. Please see the fixtures page for more details.
Click here to read about everything that happened at Bosley TOWC's annual open competition at the weekend and which teams won the various weight categories on the day. It was another well attended event this weekend!
On Thursday 6 December the Army Tug of War Team graced the famous coblles of Coronation Street in Manchester to take part in a tug of war match for a special compilation programme of messages from military families to their loved ones back home and overseas. Click here to read more and see some photos and videos!
Click the video below to watch a highlight program from the 2018 World Outdoor Tug of War Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa in September, featuring all of the medal pulls from the closed international competition and interviews with organisers, coaches and pullers.
The Tug of War Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Cecil John Lawson, known to most of us as "Tug" this afternoon.
Tug was well know in both the TOWA circuit and of course the military circuit, bringing many teams through over the years at both senior and junior level and actively encouraging new recruits to get involved.
Tug has previously served on the TOWA general committee, served as TOWA president and was also a TOWA Award of Merit holder.
In 2014, Tug was awarded with the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List today for voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force. Tug had been part of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF for many years, and was instrumental in promoting tug of war within the ACF. Tug of war is now a fully recognised sport within the ACF, with county, regional and national tug of war competitions taking place every year. Many ACF clubs are now taking part in TOWA youth competitions, with many also taking part in GENSB competitions, with some ACF clubs also going on to represent England at youth level.
Thank you Tug for everything that you have done for our sport.
A true gentleman in every sense of the word who will be greatly missed.
The TOWA is in the process of putting together the fixture list for 2019 which will be discussed at the General Committee meeting to be held in November.
If you are a club or event organiser and are looking to organise a tug of war competition during 2019 (including any training leagues, YFC competitions, shows, etc), then you need to apply for your permits by Mid November (17 November 2018). The cost of a permit is £20.
To apply to hold an event, please complete the permit application form and return it to the TOWA secretary Mick Copper along with the permit fee using the details provided on the form.
If your date is flexible, then please provide any potential alternative dates with your application in the event that there is a clash with another nearby event.
If you wish to host the AAA championships (any event prior to the national championships in June), Inter County Championships (any event after the June national championships) or League Finals (first week of September or slightly earlier date during late August depending upon the date of the European Championships in September) at your event, then please provide a covering letter applying to hold such an event. Where more than one venue applies to hold such an event, then a decision will be made by the committee by way of majority vote based upon the information provided about the suitability of the venue.
Organisers are also reminded that when organising a tug of war event, it is your own responsibility to invite officials and such invitations should be sent at the earliest opportunity and not at the last minute.
In advance of receiving expected questions on the national championships venue, the venue for the championships will be voted on in November. Otherwise, the national championships takes place on the third Saturday of June. We are always looking for venues to host future national championships in the coming years, so if you wish to put a venue forward (ideally at a show or other public venue/event with weigh in facilities nearby), then please contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss further what is required.
Otherwise, if you have any other general queries about competition fixtures / hosting an event, then please contact the TOWA Secretary Mick Copper - email@example.com. The permit application form to apply to host an event is available to download below. If you intend to hold an event in 2019, then please download, complete and return the form to the TOWA Secretary as soon as possible.
Whether you’re a puller, coach, parent, physio, doctor or S&C coach, it’s vital you are aware of the changes, so you don’t get caught out and end up with a ban from sport.
The List outlines substances and methods which are banned both in and out-of-competition, but it is not exhaustive as most categories only include common examples. It’s updated every October, giving you time to get to grips with any changes before the New Year, but please also be aware that changes can also be made to the Prohibited List throughout the year.
Several of the changes relate to supplements, or ingredients commonly found within them, while there is also more information around gene doping and examples of certain substances being known by a different name.
More details can be found on the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) website, so please take the time to have a read through to ensure you don’t get caught out.
The Kessingland Autumn Tug of War Weekend celebrated its 40th Anniversary this year and the organisers are very grateful that pullers are still turning out for the weekend, enabling them to keep the competition going. This included two new teams to the event.
The results were as follows:
600kg winners, Raunds and runners up Halstead
640kg winners, Halstead and runners up Raunds
680kg winners, Raunds and runners up Halstead
600kg 4x4 winners Thames Valley B and runners up Thames Valley A
620kg winners Raunds and runners up Hadleigh
660kg winners Raunds and runners up Hadleigh
720kg winners Raunds and runners up Halstead
660kg 4x4 winners Hadleigh and runners up Thames Valley
Next year the Kessingland event is being held over the weekend of 12th and 13th October 2019 and the organisers look forward to seeing everybody once again!
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.