Tug of War
Club Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland ACF
The club started life as Leicesterand Northants ACF TOW Club and was formed in 1994 by Lt Col (Ret'd) Tug Lawson (pictured left), with the express aim of proving to the Army Cadet Force Association Sports Board that Tug Of War was a sport ideally suited to the ethos of cadet service, team work, discipline and commitment. The first skills the initial five cadet volunteers learnt were how to erect a training gantry using a cypress tree growing by the entrance to County Headquartersa nd how to mix concrete for a suitable weight. Both are still in use today
The First success came at the 1995 Nationals when the tream won the the 530 kilos Junior weight. More successes followed at the National Championships between 1996-1998 inclusive. Back on the winning trail again in 2001 and 2003 and for good measure winning both weights (480 & 560) at the National Indoor Championships back in 1996.
After long and intensive lobbying TOW was formally introduced into the ACFA calendar in 2003 with recognition and approval to hold an annual ACFA Inter Region Tug of War Competition for both girls and boys.
We have competed in all but two of the annual GENSB competitions which started when Germany hosted the inaugural Championships in 1998, but have so far failed to reach the knock-out stage of the competition, a feat high on our agenda.
We continue to build on our strengths and remain ACFA Champions.