On Saturday 21 June 4 Army Cadet Force Teams from across the country battled it out for the English National Tug-of-War Championship title in a competition held in Lincoln.
The four teams, Somerset placed 1st, Gloucester 2nd, Derbyshire 3rd and Leicester & Northants 4th all had to qualify by taking part in all 6 national league events in Manchester, Daventry, Sandhurst, Felton, Lincoln & Safford before entry to the championship tournament.
Once at the championships the teams had to pull the best of 2 ends against each other in a league, gaining 1 point for a draw and 2 points for a win. The top two teams going on to the final.
Somerset ACF, consisting of 9 Yeovil lads and 2 from Wells, won in both the 560kg Junior Male and 530gk Junior Male categories convincingly 2-0.
2 female Somerset Cadets also helped Gloucester to secure gold in the female competition, Kelly Kirkby aged 18 from Bridgwater and Chloe Lawrence aged 16 from Yeovil.
Somerset Army Cadet Team Manager and Coach, Lieutenant Tim Tatler, was very proud of the teams, “They’ve put a great deal of work, commitment and discipline into their preparation and training, all on top of their normal Cadet training and it has obviously paid off.”
He added, “We now go on to represent England at the UK Championships in Belfast on 1-2 Aug and to do this we really need the help of local companies or organisations to back or sponsor us. We need support to develop and grow the clubs within Yeovil, Wells and across Somerset for the future.”
The team’s Senior Cadet, Serjeant Major Josh Williams aged 18 from Yeovil, had this to say, “Tug-of-War has been a real boost for me. I have developed more discipline and teamwork skills as well as practising determination, resilience and leadership; having to gee some team members on and calm others down to get us all mentally in the right place.”
Anyone wishing to get involved with the Army Cadets, as Cadets or Adult Volunteers, or to offer support or sponsorship for their ToW Teams should contact the Headquarters in Taunton on 01823 284486 or email the Admin Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org