National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 August 2014

It was a familiar taste of victory for Parbold YFC in Lancashire when their junior Tug of War team took first place in the national finals for a second year running.

The award winning team practised for months in the build up to the competition at the Tenbury Show and benefited from the coaching skills of former Parbold YFC member and Tug of War competitor David Garner.

David has coached the team for the last four years. “They are an exceptional team and they did really well,” said David whose sons have also taken part in the team and his daughter competed in the ladies team. “I never made it through to the nationals when I was a member but my wife did. I coach all the Parbold teams and our ladies also made it through to the finals.”

International opportunity

The team’s youngest member is David’s son 14-year-old Alex – and the other members range in ages up to 17 years old. After winning so successfully at last year’s NFYFC finals the team also decided to enter the GENSB tournament in August that was being held in the UK. Parbold YFC came fifth after competing against teams from around the world in the international competition for young athletes between 12 and 19 years old.

David said: "The competition was split into four groups with the top four teams in each group progressing to the knock out stages. Parbold were up against some very strong international teams, and finished in fifth place in their group to just miss out on a place in the knock out stages. Not bad for a first attempt against the junior teams of many established tug of war clubs who represent their countries at international level!"

Team member Janie Hodge was thrilled to be taking part agains teams from around the world but also enjoyed winning at the YFC finals: “It was a great atmosphere at the NFYFC finals as there were a lot of supporters from Lancashire as different clubs were competing in the other competitions and we all cheered each other on.”

The cheering worked as Lancashire FYFC (pictured left) also came third in the Men’s Tug of War finals – just behind Derbyshire FYFC in first place and Essex FYFC in second.

When it came to the ladies’ teams there were smiles all round from Pembrokeshire FYFC (pictured below right) who took home the winning trophy, with Yorkshire pulling into second place.


But there was controversy when it came to third and fourth positions due to a breach of the rules from Gwent FYFC who were awarded third place on the day. A steward’s enquiry conducted after the competition resulted in Gwent being disqualified after it was discovered one of their team members had already competed for another county and in a different Area. 

The disqualification put Derbyshire in third place and Staffordshire in fourth.

David Hamer, Competitions Steering Group Chairman, said: “YFC members cannot represent more than one club and county in a single membership year. We had no option but to disqualify Gwent and re-award the third and fourth places. We ask all members to follow the NFYFC competition rules to make it fair for everyone.”

“We saw some impressive Tug of War competitors at the Tenbury Show and it was great to see so many supporters cheering everyone on. Thank you to all our stewards, friends and families for making it such a great day.”

The competition also included a 4x4 Catch Weight challenge as a just for fun element to the day. Seven mixed teams competed to try and win a cash prize of £56 (made up from the £8 team entry fee). Members from clubs in Haldon, Devon were the champions after the fun sesson.

David said: “It was a great way to finish the day as the atmosphere was fantastic. Everyone joined forces to create teams and worked together. It’s how a Tug of War should be and I think everyone had a lot of fun.”

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