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If you wish to organise your own tug of war competition at any time throughout the year, please contact Mick Copper to apply for a TOWA permit on 01933 622639

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FEBRUARY (Indoor)

Saturday 11th February - British and Irish Indoor Championships
Breaffy House, Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland

Men
600 and 680 - Mixed - 600 4+4 - Ladies - 500kg and 540kg Ladies 6 a side - 380kg, Opening Ceremony – 10.00am - First Pull - 10.30am

Friday 10th February – Individual Weigh In (for open and closed) - photo ID required for the weigh in (passport or driving licence)

Sunday 12 February - British and Irish Indoor Championships - Open CompetitionMen 560, 660 and 680 - Mixed - 600 4+4 - Ladies - 500kg and 540kg Ladies 6 a side - 380kg – First Pull - 10.30am

Visit www.irishtugofwar.com for further info.

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OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR SEASON

FEBRUARY

TRAINING LEAGUES

Dorset Training League


For details on the Dorset training league, contact Mr. Winston Chapman on 07765 277200. The weigh in for each competition commences at 10.30am, and the first pull will commence at 11.00am

Sun 26th February – Marshwood, Monkton Wyld, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6DE - Weights – 600, 640, 680 and catchweight

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MARCH

TRAINING LEAGUES

Dorset Training League

For details on the Dorset training league, contact Mr. Winston Chapman on 07765 277200. The weigh in for each competition commences at 10.30am, and the first pull will commence at 11.00am

Sun 12th March -
Johnsons Park Sports Club, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 3DX – Weights – 600, 640, 680 and catchweight

Sun 19th March – 
Haldon, Near Exeter, Devon - Weights - 600, 640, 680 and catchweight

Sunday 26th March - Tug of War Association Training and Development Day

This training and development day is open to all teams, coaches and individual pullers. Full teams are not required - if you do not have a full team available, you can still come along with the pullers you have available, or you can come along as an individual. This training and development day is open to all males and females, juniors, under 23’s and seniors. Everyone is encouraged to come along and take part.

Further details regarding the start time and venue will be published in due course.

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APRIL

Sun 2nd - Wood Treatment Bosley TOWC - Glebe Farm, Peel Lane, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4RQ - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, 720, Catchweight, Mixed 600 4+4 and Ladies and Youth League 520kg and 560kg - Contact Alan Knott for further details on 07976 591222

Sun 2nd April - Dorset Training League - Blandford Forum, Dorset - weights – 600, 640, 680, catchweight - Contact Mr. Winston Chapman for further details on 07765 277200

Sun 9th - NATIONAL LEAGUE 1 - East of England Championships - Kempston Hammer Sports Club, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7BN - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, Catchweight, Ladies and Youth League 520kg and 560kg - Contact Dave Kitchener for further information on 01234 720086

Sun 9th
– Longridge YFC TOWC – Whittingham and Goosnargh Club, Old Whittingham Hospital Grounds, Whittingham, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2JE – Weigh In – 10am – First Pull – 11am – Weights – Men - 600, 640, 680 – Ladies 580kg – Mixed 660kg 4+4 – Contact Tony Dixon for further details on 07717 205227 or Rob Smith on 07791 867895

Sun 16th - East Cheshire Hospice Charity Event - Glebe Farm, Peel Lane, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4RQ - Weights - Men –600, 640, 680, 720, catchweight, Ladies and Youth – 520, 540 and 560 – Ladies and Youth Open 540 - 6 a side novice competition - Contact Alan Knott for further information on 07976 591222

Mon 17th
- Guildford Open, Guildford Lions, Shalford Park, Guildford, Surrey - Weigh In 10.30am - First Pull – 11.30am - Weights - 600, 640, 680 - Contact Peter Tuckwell for further details on 0208 979 1816

Sun 23rd - NATIONAL LEAGUE 2 - Lincoln TOWC - Harby Village Hall, School Lane, Harby, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4BZ  - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, 720, Catchweight, Ladies and Youth League 520 and 560 - Contact Tim Lee for further details on 07774 734674

Sun 30th -
Thames Valley TOWC – Abbey RFC, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8XA - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, Catchweight, GENSB Youth competition - Contact Mel Spill for further information on 01189 413778 or Terry Spoore on 0208 4222 8799.

Sun 30th - Whitley Chapel YFC TOWC - Whitley Chapel Village Hall, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 0HP - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights – 600, 640, 680, catchweight, Mixed 4+4, Ladies 580kg, Ladies and Youth

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MAY

Mon 1st May - North Somerset Show, North Somerset Showground, Bathing Pond Farm, Wraxall, Nr Bristol, BS48 1NE - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11.00 - Weights - 600, 640, 680 - Contact Pete Dyer for further details on 01934 823462.

Free entry tickets to the show must be obtained from Pete Dyer at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the show.


Sat 6th - Upper Eden TOWC - Crosby on Eden Village Hall, Crosby on Eden, near Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4QN - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, catchweight - Ladies - 580 - Mixed 660kg

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Sun 7th - AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Event - Daventry Sports Club, Browns Road, Daventry, Northants, NN11 4NS

Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am

Weights

AAA Championships
- Catchweight and 640kg (registration cards required)

Open Club Competition (no registration cards required)

Men
- 580, 600, 680
Ladies - 520kg and 560kg
Junior Men
- 520kg and 560kg
Junior Ladies
- 520kg and 560kg

Contact Len Hall for further details on 01327 705219

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Sun 14th –NATIONAL LEAGUE 3
- Midland Championships – Jubilee Fields, St Faiths Road, Alcester, Warwickshire Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, catchweight - Ladies and Youth League - 520 and 560 - Contact Roger Beardsmore for further information on 01952 510735

Sat 20th – Otley Show – Otley Showground, Bridge End, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 2AA – Weigh In 11am – First Pull – 12.00 – Weights 600, 640 and Catchweight, Mixed 660kg 4+4 – Contact Dave Hamer for further details on 01422 823397. Contact Mr D. Scruton for entry tickets on 07713 689388 by 7th May.

Sat 20th - Devon County Show, West Point Exeter - Register from 12.00 - First Pull 13.00 - Weights - men Catchweight and ladies catchweight - Contact Nick Major for further details on 01364 652984 or 07931 756321. Contact Nick Major for free entry tickets to the show before 1st May.

Sun 21st NATIONAL LEAGUE 4 - Shropshire Open Championships - Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3DB – Weigh In – 10.00am – First Pull – 11.00am – Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, Catchweight - Contact Roger Beardsmore for further information on 01952 510735.

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Sun 27th
 and Sun 28thFelton Eccles TOWC 70th Anniversary International Open Competition

Confirmation of Venue  

Please note that the event will not be taking place at the usual venue at the Bungalow Inn. It will be taking place at:

Wrington Sports & Social Club, Silver Street, Wrington. BS40 5QN. (This is approximately 2 miles south of the Bungalow Inn, further down the A38 to the right) 

Programme


Friday 26th  May 17
 

Individual Weigh in - 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Wrington Sports & Social Club

Saturday 27th  May 17
 

Stamping and team weigh-in (weigh in on 8 man scales for those teams that cannot make the individual weigh in) - 8.00 am – 10.30am at Pulling Ground, (Wrington Sports & Social Club).  

The pulling will commence at 11.00 am prompt  

Morning - Men – 600kg and Ladies 560kg
 

1.00pm - Men – 680kg and Junior 560kg (GENSB)  

Sunday 28th  May 17
 

Stamping and team weigh-in (weigh in on 8 man scales for those teams that cannot make the individual weigh in) - 8.00 am – 10.30 am at Pulling Ground, (Wrington Sports & Social Club).  

The pulling will commence – 11.00am prompt  

Morning - Men – 700kg and Mixed 4x4 600kg

  
1.00pm - Men – 640kg and Ladies/Youth 520kg  

Entry fees are £25.00 per weight class  

Presentation of medals will take place after each weight

For further information about this event, or if you have any questions, please contact Pete Dyer on 01934 823462 or email: pete@dyermail.co.uk

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Mon 29th - Northumberland County Show, Bywell Hall, Near Stocksfield, NE43 7AB - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, Ladies and Youth 520kg and 580kg - Contact Tom Stobart for further details

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JUNE

Friday 2nd- Devon Championships - Widecombe, Devon - Weigh In - 7pm - First Pull 7.30pm - Weights - 600, 640 (closed) - open catchweight and ladies 580 open - Contact Nick Major for further details on 01364 652984 or 07931 756321

Sun 4th - Sandhurst TOWC - Memorial Ground, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 9BJ - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - men 580, 600, 640, 680, Catchweight - Contact Phil Brant for further details on 01932 882476

Sun 4th June - York TOWC Open Competition - opposite the Windmill pub, Hull Road, York, YO19 5LP (please note that this is a new venue and is different to that published in the TOWA Handbook) - Weights - Men - 600, 640, 680, 720 and Catchweight - Mixed 4x4 600 kilos - Ladies and Youth League - 520 and 560 - Weigh In - 10-00am - First Pull - 11-00am - Contact Neil Hudson for further details on 07711 039034.

Sun 11th - EVENT CANCELLED - Two Dales TOWC Open Competition – The Plough Inn, Wheatley Road, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FF - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, catchweight, Ladies and Youth 560, 4+4 600kg - Contact Alec Neville for further details on 07714 025718.

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Sat 17th - NATIONAL OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS - DEVON

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


Registration Cards Required

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

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

First Pull - 10am

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

Ladies - 560*, 520*

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

** please note the mens catchweight competition will take place at the same time as the mens 560 kilos competition
 
* denotes weight categories that are representative weights at the European Outdoor Championships and World Junior Championships and British and Irish Outdoor Championships. To be eligible to be invited to represent England, teams must have competed in a least 4 outdoor permitted tug of war competitions from the fixtures listed above (excluding any training leagues, early pulls, limited events (such as Young Farmers only events) or other similar type of non TOWA event) as amended at the 2016 TOWA AGM on Saturday 30th January 2016. Junior teams must have also competed in junior weight classes at 4 competitions to be eligible to be invited to represent England as amended at the 2016 TOWA AGM on Saturday 30th January 2016. If in doubt check with your Area Rep or other member of the General Committee.

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

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

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

Contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston for further details on 01205 369753.

Further information is also available on the “National Championships” page of this web site

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JULY

Sun 2nd – Far Western Area Open Championships - Ansty, Devon - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, 720 and Ladies Competitions - Contact Nick Major for further details on 01934 823462

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Sun 9th - INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AREA 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS (NATIONAL LEAGUE 5)


Memorial Ground, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 9EJ

Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am

Inter County Weights - Men
- 640kg and 680kg - Junior - 560kg (Registration Cards Required)

Clarification of borrowing rule for Inter Counties - teams may borrow pullers from other clubs within the same county only. Each county may enter up to two teams in each weight class.

Open weights (no registration cards required) - Men
- 600kg, 640kg, 680kg - Mixed - 600kg - Ladies and Youth League - 520kg and 560kg

Contact Peter Craft for further details on 01494 783057.

MANDATED EVENT FOR TEAMS REPRESENTING ENGLAND AT THE BRITISH AND IRISH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD GAMES (MEN AND LADIES)

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Sun 16th - South West Area Open - Wrington Sports & Social Club, Silver Street, Wrington. BS40 5QN. (This is approximately 2 miles south of the Bungalow Inn, further down the A38 to the right)  - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - Men - 600, 640, 680, catchweight - Ladies and Youth - 520 and 560 - Contact Pete Dyer for further information on 01934 823462.

MANDATED EVENT FOR TEAMS REPRESENTING ENGLAND AT THE BRITISH AND IRISH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD GAMES (MEN AND LADIES)

Sun 23rd -
Forge Lane TOWC/Oxney TOWC - Cricket Field, Ashburnham, Sussex - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, Catchweight - Contact Matt Weekes for further details on 07905 030770 - Please can team inform the organiser of your intention to attend this event by Sunday 16th July. If an insufficient number of teams inform the organisers that they are attending then this event will be cancelled. EVENT CANCELLED

Sun 23rd -
Upton on Severn TOWC - Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW (entry through the yellow gate of the showground) - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, Catchweight - Ladies and Youth League - 520kg and 560kg - Contact Richard Bown for further details on 07831 647531

Sun 30th – NATIONAL LEAGUE 7 -
Bedford Ladies - Kempston Hammer Sports Club, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7BN – Weights – Men 600, 640, 680, Catchweight – Mixed 600 4+4 – Ladies 520 and 560 - Contact Caroline Abri for further details.

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AUGUST

Sun 6th - Cheshire Game and Angling Fair Peover Park, Over Peover, Near Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9HW - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights Men 600, 640, 680 and Catchweight - Ladies and Youth – 520 and 560 - Mixed 600kg 4+4

For further information about the show, visit www.cheshiregameandanglingfair.co.uk.

For other details and to obtain free car parking passes for the show, contact Alan Knott on 07976 591222 before 23 July 2017

MANDATED EVENT FOR TEAMS REPRESENTING ENGLAND AT THE BRITISH AND IRISH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD GAMES (MEN AND LADIES)

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12th August - BRITISH AND IRISH OUTDOOR TUG OF WAR CHAMPIONSHIPS – HOSTED BY THE SCOTTISH TUG OF WAR ASSOCIATION

Saturday - Closed Weights - Men - 600 and 680 - Ladies - 520 and 560 - Mixed 4+4 600 – Junior Men - 560 kilos – Junior Ladies 520kg

Sunday - Open Competition - Men 560kg, 640kg and 700kg - Ladies 520kg and 560kg - Junior Men 560kg - Junior Ladies 520kg - Senior Mixed 560kg

Further details can be downloaded by clicking here

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Sat 26th - GENSB Youth International Tournament

Retie, Belgium

560 kilos GENSB Rules Competition for junior tug of war teams - open to junior boys and girls aged between 12 and 18 inclusive

Visit www.gensb.eu for details on competition rules and to book accommodation and complete your entry forms. Entries and accommodation bookings should be completed by July.

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Sun 27th - Two Dales – The Plough Inn, Wheatley Road, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FF - Weigh In - 10am - First Pull - 11am - Weights - 600, 640, 680, catchweight, 4+4 600kg - Contact Alec Neville for further details on 07714 025718.

Sun 27th -
Cornish Championships - Stithians Show, Cornwall - Weigh In – 1pm - First Pull 2pm - Weights – 640 and 680 closed and open catchweight - Contact Nick Major for further details and entry tickets on 01364 652984 or 07931 756321

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SEPTEMBER

Sun 3rd - NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS

Holland Sports Club, Efflinch Lane, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8ET
 
Weigh In
- 10am - First Pull - 11am

Weights

Men -
600, 640, 680

Ladies / Youth League Finals - 520kg and 560kg  

Contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston for further details on 01205 369753.

MANDATED EVENT FOR TEAMS REPRESENTING ENGLAND AT THE BRITISH AND IRISH, EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD GAMES (MEN AND LADIES)

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Sun 10th - Bilsborrow YFC - Lancashire Game and Country Festival, Gubberford lane, Scorton,
Preston, Lancashire - Weigh In – 10am - First Pull - 11am - weights - Men - 600kg, 640kg, 680kg - Mixed 4+4 660kg - Ladies - Catchweight - Contact Graham Billington for further details on 07950 918426. Please can all clubs confirm your intention to attend this event as soon as possible.   

Tuesday 12th - Widecombe Fair, Widecombe Fair Field, Widecombe, Devon - Weigh In - 7pm - First Pull - 7.30pm - Weights - 640 and catchweight, mixed 4+4 600kg - Contact Mark Hutchins for further details on 01364 621294

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THURS 21st – SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2016

EUROPEAN OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD JUNIOR AND UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Carr Lane Playing Fields, Southport, Merseyside, England

Weigh In -
Wednesday 21st September

Thursday 21st - TWIF Open Club Competition - Morning - Men 680kg - Men Under 23 600kg - Ladies Under 23 500kg - Afternoon - Men 560kg and Ladies 520kg

Friday 22nd - TWIF Open Club Competition - Morning - Men 720kg, Mixed 600kg 4+4 - Junior Men 560kg - Junior Ladies 480kg - Afternoon - Men 640kg and Ladies 560kg

Saturday 23rd - European Championships - Morning - Men 680kg - Men Under 23 600kg - Ladies Under 23 500kg - Afternoon - Men 560kg and Ladies 520kg

Sunday 24th - European Championships - Morning - Men 720kg, Mixed 600kg 4+4 - Junior Men 560kg - Junior Ladies 480kg - Afternoon - Men 640kg and Ladies 560kg
 
For further information, visit www.tugofwar2017.com where you can complete your entry forms, book accommodation and complete your accreditation.

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OCTOBER

Sat 7th and Sun 8th October - Kessingland Autumn tug of war Festival Weekend

Kessingland Beach, Nr Lowestoft, Suffolk

Weigh In on each day 10.00, First Pull on each day 11.00

weights

Saturday - 600, 640, 680, 600 4+4
Sunday - 620, 660, 720, 660 4+4

Accommodation

Park Resorts - http://www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/east-anglia/kessingland-beach

Self catering caravans (sleep 6) from £133.50
Camp site for camper vans and tents from £9 per night

Contact Dave Kitchener for further information on 01234 720086

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Sun 23rd October
- Countryside Live - Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate - Weigh In 11am, First Pull 12.00pm. Weights - 600, 640, 680, Ladies 580kg and Mixed 660 4+4. Contact Dave Hamer for further details on 01422 823397.

Contact Dave Scruton on 07713689388 to confirm your entry and obtain entry tickets by 8th October at the very latest.

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INDOOR

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.

PLEASE NOTE - All teams are required to notify the Hon General Secretary Mick Copper by 1st October of their intention to attend each competition in advance so that the sports hall can be booked for the appropriate length of time.

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OCTOBER

Sun 29th - Midland Championships - Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH - Weighs - Men 600, 620, 640, 680, catchweight, Ladies and youth 520 and 560 - Weigh In - 9am - First Pull - 10am
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NOVEMBER

Sun 5th - Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH - Weights - Men 580, 600, 640, 680, catchweight, Ladies and youth 520 and 560 - Weigh In - 9am - First Pull - 10am

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Sun 12th - AAA's Indoor Championships 

Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH

Weights

Closed - 640 and Catchweight

Open - Men 580, 600, 680, Ladies and youth 520 and 560

Registration cards required for closed weights. No registration cards required for open weights

Weigh In - 9am - First Pull - 10am

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Sun 19th - Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH - Weights - Men 580, 600, 640, 680, Catchweight, Ladies 520 and 560 - Weigh In - 9am - First Pull - 10am

Sun 26th - Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH - Weights - Men 560, 600, 640, 680, 720, Catchweight, Ladies 520 and 560 - Weigh In - 9am - First Pull - 10am

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DECEMBER

Sat 2nd - National Indoor Championships

Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DH

Weigh In – Friday 1st December – 4pm  - 8pm

Registration cards required

Saturday morning – stamping of teams – 8am – 9am

First Pull 10am

Weights (in pulling order) 

Men – Catchweight, 640, 560, 720, 600* and 680* (please note that the pulling order for the indoor championships reverted back to the original pulling order by rule change at the January 2016 AGM)

Ladies 540* and 500*

Mixed 600 4+4*

Youth

* denotes weight categories that are representative weights at the UK indoor Championships. Winners of those weights may be invited to represent England. To be eligible to be invited to represent England, senior teams must have competed in at least 5 indoor tug of war competitions (excluding the national championships) from the fixtures listed above. 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 prior to the start of the competition in at least one weight class with a minimum of 6 of your club's own registered pullers. 

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

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

Contact the Championships Secretary Mick Grimston for entry forms and further details on 01205 369753.
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2018

February 2018 - British and Irish Indoor Tug of War Championships - Northern Ireland

March 2018 - World Indoor Tug of War Championships - China

September 2018 - World Outdoor Tug of War Championships - Cape Town, South Africa