Tug of war ti­tans pulling into town

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

THE Euro­pean out­door tug of war cham­pi­onships and world ju­nior and un­der-23 cham­pi­onships are com­ing to South­port.

It has been pre­dicted that around 1,200 ath­letes will take part, in­clud­ing teams from the US, Chi­nese Taipei and South Africa, and Europe.

The free en­try event will take place from Septem­ber 21-24, at Carr Lane Play­ing Fields.

It is ex­pected that the com­pe­ti­tion will be on from 9am un­til ap­prox­i­mately 6pm each day.

The Euro­pean tug of war cham­pi­onships are held bi-an­nu­ally un­der the Tug of War In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion (TWIF), with the world tug of war cham­pi­onships tak­ing place on in­ter­ven­ing years.

The event will also in­clude the world ju­nior and un­der 23 cham­pi­onships, which are held an­nu­ally in con­junc­tion with world and Euro­pean cham­pi­onships.

AlanAl Knott,K theh press of­fi­cerffi f for the Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion is very ex­cited about bring­ing the 2017 Euro­pean Tug of War Cham­pi­onships and World Ju­nior and Un­der-23 Tug of War Cham­pi­onships to South­port.

“We have never staged such a large tug of war event in the town be­fore, but we chose South­port be­cause of the avail­abil­ity of a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion for teams, sup­port­ers and vis­i­tors, and its prox­im­ity to both Manch­esterM h andd Li Liver­pool l AirAi ports which of­fer our in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors bud­get air­line travel and rail links be­tween South­port and these two air­ports.

“Sefton Coun­cil have also been very sup­port­ive and ac­com­mo­dat­ing in help­ing us to plan for this ma­jor event and we would like to thank them for al­low­ing us to stage this event at Carr Lane Play­ing Fields.”

On the first two days of the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, the TWIF open club com­pe­ti­tion will take place, which is open to all tug of war clubs from TWIF memb ber as­so­ci­a­tions.

The sec­ond two days of the com­pe­ti­tion will see the in­ter­nat tional events take place with the E Euro­pean tug of war cham­pi­onships and world ju­nior and un­der-23 cham­pi­onships be­tween the na­tional teams.

If you are plan­ning to at­tend, please note that car park­ing will be re­stricted at the com­pe­ti­tion ground, so or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing spec­ta­tors to use pub­lic trans­port to get to the venue.

Alan added: “It prom­ises to be a great event for lo­cal peo­ple to come along to and cheer the teams on, and per­haps learn more about a sport which they may not have seen on a se­ri­ous com­pet­i­tive ba­sis be­fore – and best of all, en­try is free for spec­ta­tors.”

The Euro­pean out­door and world ju­nior and un­der-23 cham­pi­onships are com­ing to South­port in Septem­ber

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