We have a number of upcoming events taking place at shows and events that require teams to pre-book in and obtain entry tickets or vehicle passes.
Please click here for further details, and please contact the event organisers to book into these events. The next event at a show is North Somerset Show on Monday 2nd May, so any teams wishing to compete at that event need to apply for tickets as soon as possible.
The deadline to register pullers to compete at the AAA Championships in May has now passed, however clubs can still register as full or associate members and clubs can still continue to register pullers to take part at the National Championships in June, as long as club and puller registrations are complete by Wednesday 18 May.
The TOWA Secretary has recently sent puller registration forms to all club secretaries for the 2022 outdoor tug of war season. Puller registrations must be completed in advance of TOWA Championships, and must be submitted along with the puller registration fees, which are £10 per puller.
The deadline to register your pullers are as follows:
AAA Championships - puller registration deadline - Friday 8th April
National Outdoor Championships - puller registration deadline - Wednesday 18 May
All clubs should also be paid up full club members (£150 per club) or associate club members (£30 per club) by the deadlines stated above.
Puller registration forms can be downloaded below and should be returned to the TOWA Secretary as soon as possible by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When registering new pullers, please ensure that standard passport photos are provided on photo quality paper. Photos downloaded off social media and printed on standard paper will not be accepted. Proof of age (such as a copy of a passport, provisional or full driving license or a birth certificate) should be provided with registration forms for any pullers under the age of 23.
Registration fees can be paid by cheque (payable to "the Tug of War Association") or bank transfer using the following details:
Bank: NatWest Bank, Huntingdon. Account Number: 37013963 Bank Sort Code: 54-30-27
If paying by bank transfer, please provide information on the payment line so we know where any payments have come from.
2022 TOWA handbooks are now available to purchase.
Complimentary copies have been sent to all paid up club and individual members and they are otherwise available to purchase for a cost of £5 by anyone who is not an individual member and they are available to purchase from the TOWA Secretary.
They can either be collected in person at events around the country or they can be sent to you by post (subject to postage charges).
To obtain a copy of the TOWA 2022 Handbook, please contact Mick Copper by emailing email@example.com.
Registrations are now open to take part in the annual GENSB youth international tournament which takes place in Belgium in August. You can register your teams to take part by clicking here. Please note that entries should be submitted by 1st June.
All junior teams are encouraged to take part in this event.
GENSB is an annual junior tug of war tournament for pullers aged 12-18 held on the August bank holiday weekend, and is hosted by the following GENSB countries of Germany, England, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium. It is ran on the basis of being affordable for junior pullers with a cost limit currently below 100 Euros per person for the weekend on a half board basis. Visit the GENSB web site for further information at www.gensb.eu.
The TOWA will be running a Judges and introductory coaches course on the weekend of 19/20 March 2022.
Anyone interested in becoming a judge is encouraged to take part in the judges course.
The coaches course is ideal for anyone looking to get into coaching and for coaches of new teams looking to gain some additional guidance.
In addition to the above courses, there will be a FREE timekeepers/recorders course which will take place online using Microsoft Teams on 19 March starting at 9.30am and will last approximately 3 hours.
For further details, course fees, application forms and contact details for further enquiries, please click here.
The 2022 Fixture List is now available on the fixtures page of this web site. The first competition takes place on Sunday 27th February.
There are a few new events / new venues this year, and we hope to see lots of teams supporting them. As always, any teams attending TOWA events should notify the event organisers in advance to confirm attendance. Some events are taking place at shows and need to be booked in advance, so please take note of these events and remember to book your entry in good time.
Most competitions are “open” competitions, so both affiliated and non-affiliated teams are welcome to compete in these open competitions.
Teams need to be registered as full or associate club members to compete at the national championships, AAA and Inter County Championships and all pullers need to be registered by the stipulated deadlines. There are no pre-qualification events for competing at the national championships, so all clubs are encouraged to take part. However, those clubs who wish to be eligible for selection to represent England at International Events are required to attend a set number of events throughout the season.
We look forward to seeing everyone out on the circuit soon!
The TOWA, in conjunction with TOWA Area 10 are going to be running a tug of war event at the Beach Games in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire, on Saturday 26 March. This event will include a number of sports, including beach rugby, beach netball, volleyball, etc. run by their own associations in addition to tug of war. There will also be other sports demonstrations, music, funfair, etc. with the aim of the event to get the public to try different sports, and to get active. The organisers ran a tug of war event at their beach event last year and contacted us to get involved because it proved so popular.
We are planning to run a series of tug of war taster sessions throughout the day and we have also been asked to run some demonstrations / competitions between TOWA teams as well. If we have sufficient TOWA teams available to run some competitions, we would plan to run a mens, ladies and mixed competition but with no weigh in and no weight entry fees would be charged. Otherwise we would run some demonstration / training pulls so hopefully it will be a good training day for everyone who comes along, whichever format we go with.
Hopefully this will be an enjoyable early season event, so if you wish to blow off the cobwebs before the outdoor season starts, then please let contact Alan Knott if you are interested in attending. Any individual pullers, coaches, officials who wish to attend to help out / pull to help make up the numbers are more than to come along too and families are encouraged along as well.
This won’t be a formal permitted event, but is an opportunity to promote the sport to a wider, more captive audience who are there to try new sports.
If you or your teams wish to attend, please let Alan Knott know by phone / text on 07976 591222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tug of War Association is looking to form England squads to compete at Under 23 level at the British and Irish Championships in Wales in August and the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Holten, Netherlands in September.
The weight classes are as follows:
U23 Men – 600kg
U23 Ladies – 500kg
U23 Mixed – 560kg
The English Tug of War Association, has a strong tradition at international tug of war winning numerous medals at World, European and British Championship level.
Male and female pullers are eligible to participate in the Under 23 category from the beginning of the year in which the puller reaches the age of 16 years until the end of the year in which the puller reaches the age of 22 years.
It is an exciting opportunity for you to aim for and to fulfil your dream of representing England. Our under 23 teams have previously come from a wide variety of back grounds – some come from both established tug of war clubs and newer clubs in our Association and we have a strong connection with young farmers clubs, military teams and other organisations. We are open to everyone who would like to earn a place in the England Under 23 Squads.
In order to get started, visit the Under 23 tug of war page of the TOWA web site by clicking here. This will provide contact details for our Under 23 England team managers Dave Knott (Men’s) and Dave Kitchener (Ladies) both very experienced internationals and very approachable.
On this link you will find an application form to complete as the first step to becoming a potential member of the England Under 23 squad. If you have any concerns with filling it in, please just contact the team managers by e-mail or phone as we can soon get you on the right track with your application.
We ask that anyone interested in representing England at under 23 level and becoming part of the under squads to complete an application form and return it to the relevant team manager by 1st April 2022 in order to enable the team managers to plan and prepare for the international competitions taking place later this year. When sending in your application form, please indicate your availability to attend the British and Irish Championships in Wales on 13/14 August, and the World Championships on 14-18 September 2022.
The England Under 23 squads meet up throughout the season at different competition venues or training grounds throughout the country to prepare as a team so you must be able to travel to meet and train together.
Please forward this information on to anyone under the age of 23 who is involved in tug of war or wishes to become involved in tug of war.
The TOWA elected executive officers at the AGM over the weekend, however the post of treasurer remains unfilled. This is a very important role for the Association and we need someone new to take on this role. The responsibilities of the treasurer include:
Dealing with all aspects of the day-to-day finances of the Tug of War Association and keeping a record of all financial transactions.
Publishing income and expenditure accounts and a balance sheet for each General Committee meeting as well as an annual financial report to each AGM.
advising the General Committee on matters of finance as appropriate
If you are interested in taking on this role, or know of suitable persons who may be able to take on this role, then please contact the TOWA Chairman or the TOWA Secretary for further information and to discuss further. Thank you.
Thanks to all clubs / individual members who have returned membership forms and membership fees for 2022 so far. Your support is very much appreciated.
Please note that that there are a few instances where members have paid the membership fee but haven't returned the membership form, or there are instances where members have returned a membership form without paying the relevant membership fee.
Please note that your membership renewal is not complete until we have received BOTH the membership form AND the membership fee.
If the above applies to you/your team, please ensure that relevant forms and/or fees are returned as soon as possible.
The Tug of War Association is sad to announce the passing of Tony Mitchell on Friday 14th January 2022. Tony pulled anchor for the successful West Pinchbeck side in the 1970’s.
As a birthday treat Tony and family travelled to Finchingfield, Essex for the National League Finals in August 2021.
His granddaughter Toni has written her personal thanks to all those at the event.
“We thank you, and the others that we met in August, for making him feel so special and allowing him to share his memories of the sport he loves to dearly. He has said ever since that it was the best birthday he has ever had and always spoke of it fondly since that day”.
Our thoughts are with Tony’s family and friends at this sad time.
Back in the summer of 2021, Bosley Tug of War Club were visited by former Emmerdale actor and BBC Strictly Come Dancing champion Kelvin Fletcher who joined in with a tug of war training session.
The session was filmed as part of Kelvin’s upcoming 6 part series “Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure” which sees him take on a new farm near to Bosley's training ground and get to know the local community. Kelvin took part in a full tug of war training session as well as interview a number of the club's farming members.
The 6 part series will be aired on Monday nights on BBC1 at 8.30pm starting on Monday 17th January. The tug of war feature should be featured on the 6th episode on 21 February 2022 Be sure to tune in!
The photo shows Kelvin Fletcher (front row on the right) with the Bosley team after they had finished training.
UKAD also has guidance on checking any sports supplements (including a separate link where you can type in the brand of any supplements you intend to take to check if they may contain ay banned substances) - https://www.ukad.org.uk/supplements-hub
If you are currently taking any prescribed medication to treat a specific medical condition, then you need to make sure you obtain a Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) that has been signed by your Doctor.
Remember that in-competition drug testing is carried out both in England and at International Competitions, so please be vigilant when taking any medication or supplements, including sports drinks, etc.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOUR INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THAT ANY MEDICATION OR SUPPLEMENTS YOU ARE TAKING DON'T CONTAIN BANNED SUBSTANCES!
In due course, TOWA membership renewal forms for 2022 will be sent out to the Membership. Please note the following membership fees for 2022 which were recently reviewed by the General Committee:
Club Membership - £150 per club
Associate Club Membership - £30 per club
Individual Members - £40 per person
Husband/Wife Membership - £45 per couple
In addition to the above, the annual puller registration fee will be increased to £10 per puller.
The reason for the increase in fees this year for club membership, associate club membership and puller registration fees is that at the 2020 AGM it was proposed and passed by the Membership Vote that Doping Tests should be carried out at the TOWA National Championships. It was discussed at the time how this should be paid for, but nothing was agreed.
Doping Tests were carried out at the 2021 Outdoor and Indoor National Championships.
Going forward the Drug Testing costs do need to be covered and it was decided at the 2021 November General Committee Meeting the best way to do this was to raise the Clubs Annual Registration fee and the annual puller registration fee.
The TOWA Registration forms for the 2022 Season are in the process of being posted out and we have not had time to order new forms, so if your TOWA Registration Club form still states £100 please understand that it should now be £150 for Full Member Clubs and £30 for Associate Clubs.
Individual Membership will remain at £40 Annually and Couples Membership will remain at £45 Annually.
Please note in addition, that whilst it is always intended for the TOWA AGM to be held as an in person event, owing to the current uncertainty regarding the pandemic, it may be necessary to hold the AGM as either a hybrid or online event, so when you receive your membership renewal forms, please ensure that they are returned promptly, complete with up to date contact details and payment is made before 22 January 2022 at the latest, should the logistics of the TOWA AGM need to change to an online event and to ensure that clubs and individual members are eligible to vote online.
Click here for the results of the fifth and final indoor open competition of the 2021 Indoor Tug of War season ahead of the 2021 National Indoor Tug of War Championships, which take place on Saturday 4 December in Bakewell.
The Tug of War Association is sad to learn of the passing of Andy Ellis this morning.
Andy was a coach of the Leicester, Northants and Rutland ACF tug of war team, and assisted Tug Lawson in coaching junior teams within the Army Cadet Force over a number of years, bringing many junior teams out onto the TOWA circuit.
Andy had the honour of coaching the England junior team at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Cento, Italy, and also took a number of teams to the annual GENSB junior tournament over the years.
Andy was a big supporter of tug of war and will be missed. Our thoughts are with Andy's friends and family at this sad time.
The Tug of war Association is in the process of putting together the fixture list for 2022.
If your club / show / event wishes to stage an event in 2022, then please contact the TOWA secretary to confirm details about your venue, weight classes, weigh in and start times and contact details so that these details can be included in the 2022 fixture list. If possible, it would assist if event organisers could put forward more than one date where an event could be staged, in the event that more than one event organiser applies for the same date and to ensure that we can spread events around as much as we can and ensure as many clubs as possible have the opportunity to compete locally/within their own region on some weekends without the need for excessive travel.
If you weren’t scheduled to hold a competition in 2021, but would like to hold a competition in 2022, then please use the 2021 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.
Please ensure that competition permit applications are submitted to the TOWA Secretary before Thursday 25 November at the very latest so that fixtures can be discussed at the TOWA committee meeting on Saturday 27 November.
For further details on hosting an event in 2022 and the general requirements for a venue, please click here
Click here for a feature about Essex TOWC on ITV Anglia talking about their preparations for the forthcoming World Championships in Getxo. The feature includes a video of the news bulletin. The footage was taken at the TOWA national league finals.
On 21-22 August 2021, the British and Irish Tug of War Championships took place in Northern Ireland with both an international competition and an open club competition. It was a great weekend for English teams with a number of gold, silver and bronze medals being won.
Click here for the results, some photos, videos and some social media reaction from the clubs taking part.
The Tug of War Association are looking for venues / shows / public events to host the Tug of War Association National Tug of War Championships in 2022 and beyond.
If you have a venue and you are interested in staging the event, then please click here for further details about what is required.
Please can anyone wishing to put forward a championships venue for 2022 ensure that they are submitted to the TOWA Championships Secretary as early as possible so that the relevant venue can be visited and assessed for its suitability.
The 2021 Tug of War Association National Outdoor Tug of War Championships took place at the Grove RUFC on Saturday, with teams taking part in the mens, ladies and mixed weight classes.
Following a return to competition earlier this year, following a hiatus of over 12 months, it was great to be able to organise a national championship, and it was fantastic to see a good number of teams supporting the event, despite all of the uncertainty around. It was particularly pleasing to see an increase in the number of ladies teams and pullers. Of course, there were some teams who took part in 2019 that were not competing this season, but we hope to see them all get back together and be back out on the circuit in the future.
This week, the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, will start after a year delay.
Tug of war was on the Olympic Program from 1900 till 1920. Co Koren, former TWIF President, had written an article in 1997 about Tug of War in the Olympic Games and TWIF thought it is worth sharing this with our members now again.
If the Olympic Games had taken place in 2020, it would have been 100 years after Tug of War was on the program for the last time.
The TWIF Monthly Focus newsletter can be downloaded below.
Please see below for the latest update from TWIF on the preparations for the World Championships in September. At the moment, the intention is still for the event to go ahead and further updates will be provided in due course as the situation evolves.
Over the week of 24-28 May, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organised their annual "Clean Sport Week" campaign. A number of useful resources were published, including:
UK Anti-Doping’s 100% me Clean Sport App, which allows athletes to stay up to date with essential anti doping information, as well as being able to keep track of any medication. These can be downloaded from the following sources:
Next week is UKAD's annual "clean sport week". Join UK Anti-Doping's Clean Sport Week webinar: “Sport and its post pandemic landscape” with Nick Pontefract from Sport England next week on Wednesday 26 May at 1pm
Tug of war is back! It was great to finally get tug of war competitions going with the first event of the 2021 season taking place in Shropshire over the weekend. It was great to see some new clubs taking part at the event too! Click here for the results and photos!
Martin Tarbard and Martin Mulcahy have built a website to act as a pictorial archive for the sport that focuses on tug of war in England for the period prior to 2000 as this was a time before widescale use of digital cameras and social media.
This web site is work in progress and more images, information and puller names will be added in due course.
Please feel free to comment, and if you can supply Martin Mulcahy or Martin Tarbard with any details dates, venues, team members, brief history of any of the teams listed, please do so.
If you would like to contribute any additional historical photos of your clubs, please ensure that they are not from a copyrighted source. All images used on the web site will be credited to the photographer/owner. Please use the “contact us” page of the tug of war archive web site to supply any additional information or photos.
This is an amateur non-profit project that is NOT being organised by the TOWA, however we hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.
If there is interest, this web site may be expanded to include teams from the rest of the UK and further afield.
Please do share this web site with any past pullers that you know by either sharing the link on social media, Facebook pages and groups, sending the link around in your WhatsApp groups or by text/email.
The TWIF magazine is to be featured as a "guest publication" on this week's BBC Have I Got News for You on Friday (30 April) at 9pm.
It may not make the final edit for the 30 minute programme on Friday (it is a two hour shoot edited down to 30 minutes), and in the event that it is not, it will hopefully be featured on the extended version of the programme (Have I Got a Bit More News for You) on BBC 2 next Tuesday.
The Tug of War Association are very proud to announce that we have been successful in our bid to host the 2025 TWIF European Tug of War Championships, along with the World Junior and Under 23 Championships!
The venue for this event will be Nottingham University. We will be sharing more details in due course, but this is wonderful news!
The online Congress has finished. The whole meeting went very smoothly, so we are getting used to online meetings, but...
2021 TOWA Handbooks have been sent out in the post to all club and individual members.
Featured on the cover are this years award of merit holders.
Copies can also be purchased by non-members at a price of £5 plus postage. If you would like a copy, please contact the TOWA Secretary.
If you have yet to renew your club or individual membership or would like to join the TOWA as a club, associate or individual member, please ensure that you do so ahead of the start of the new season, with the first competition scheduled for the weekend of Sunday 9 May as per our recent Covid-19 update.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!