The origins of Tug of War can’t be easily pinpointed in time, but evidence of the sport conducted in ceremonies and cults originating around the world are clear in many forms. Chronicled in England in 16th Century, it was an Olympic sport up until 1920.

Ask people their understanding of Tug of war and they will probably picture a pub side of 8 burley gentlemen grimacing, groaning and pulling on a rope at a local fete…………. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth if you tried! Tug of war has a long history in the Army with 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards being the AAA Champions of the 90-stone weight in 1913 and then in 1974 up to 1990 dominating the youth league. With the mixture of raw power and stubbornness, bridged with technique and team work, this is a sport that harnesses the Warrior Spirit essential in today’s modern Armed Forces using a lot of the core values we rely upon every day.

The Army, RAF and Royal Navy, regularly compete in Tug of war competitions around the UK as well as completions run by our NGB, with the heart set to represent our country, England. There are many different weight categories mens 560kg, 600kg, 640kg, 680kg, 720kg, and catch-weight, ladies 520kg and 560kg with a mixed gender 600kg 4×4, there is also the opportunity for youth (U18’s). All categories involve significant figure juggling by the team coach to get as near as possible to the required weight (but not heavier) with the strongest team, by switching squad members to achieve the target weight category. Ultimately this is a simple sport, merely pull the opposition 4 meters, but to achieve this requires timing, strength and technique, and a gritted determination as each pull can last up to 10 minutes with only 90 secs between pulls to recover.

Fixtures

2018

DATE FIXTURE VENUE TRAVEL
May, 06 Ladies and Youth – 520 and 560  Daventry

RSTB

May, 09 League 3, 600kg 640kg, 680kg,Ladies 520kg, 560kg, Mixed 600kg 4×4 Thorney Island

RSTB

May, 13 National League 3 Warwickshire

RSTB

May, 16 Infantry Championships, Mens /Ladies / Mixed Salisbury

UTB

May, 20 AAA Championships & National League 4 Bristol

RSTB

May, 30 Army Champs, Mens /Ladies/Youth /Mixed / U23 Male Germany

UTB

Jun, 01 - 19 National Trg Camp Salisbury

NTA

Jun, 03 Ladies and Youth League – 520 and 560 Bulford

RSTB

Jun, 05 McMullan Cancer Charity Event. Publicity Event Westminster

NTA

Jun, 17 National Championships Ladies 500kg, 540kg Wantage

RSTB

Jun, 20 League 4 Mens 600kg 640kg, Ladies 560kg, Mixed 600kg 4×4 Bulford

RSTB

Jun, 27 Army Championships, Mens /Ladies /Youth /U23 Male Abingdon

UTB

Jul, 04 League 5 Mens 600kg 640kg, Ladies 560kg, Mixed 600kg 4×4 Yeovilton

RSTB

Jul, 08 National League 5 Sandhurst

RSTB

Jul, 11 League 6 Finals, Ladies / Mixed High Wycombe

RSTB

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Committee

  • President – Brig S Hutchings
  • Chairman – Lt Col Aled Evans
  • Manager – Maj Christine Woods
  • Secretary – WO2 Damo Richards
  • Treasurer – WO2 Gaz Wyatt
  • Ladies Coach – WO2 Gaz Wyatt
  • Mens Team Coach – WO2 Mark Davies
  • Equipment Manager – WO2 Craig Petch