National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 August 2018

Determination and teamwork were the key ingredients for the winning teams at the national Tug of War finals at the Tenbury Show in August.

It was a challenging pull for the YFC teams who were competing in the intense summer heat to chase a national title.

Waterhouses YFC from Staffordshire claimed victory in the men’s Tug of War, with Somerset FYFC winning the Ladies and Eardisley YFC in Herefordshire winning the mixed 12-17 year old category.

Waterhouses YFC beat a total of 10 other teams in the 680kg category without losing a single pull.

Club Chairman James Belfield said: “To say we’re pleased with the result is an understatement. The team have put in so much hard work this season, training twice a week, every week, and with a lot of us working in farming this is a massive commitment to make.

“We competed against some of the best YFC teams in the country – including last year’s winning team [Devon] so to be placed first is an amazing achievement. A huge thanks to our coach Keith Belfield who also gave up his time to train us and get us where we are today.” 

In the Junior category – which is a mixed team made up of 12-17 year olds – Herefordshire admitted their dedicated training plan had paid off.

Megan Philips from Eardisley YFC said: “We have put months and months of training into this. We have trained so hard and we deserve it. I am so proud of our team!

“I started doing Tug of War three years ago and now I compete for Hay on Wye and for other teams and on a national and international scale against other countries. It’s given me an amazing opportunity to branch out from YFC.”

The Tug of War is one of the most popular YFC competitions and many members who take part in the competition also compete in other Tug of War competitions outside of YFC.

NFYFC will be holding the Tug of War finals at the Tenbury Agricultural Show for at least the next five years thanks to an agreement with organisers.


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