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Staffordshire to host the Tug of War championships
Norton Tug of War
Norton won the 600kg title at the European Championships in 2009

The biggest event in the tug of war calendar is going to be held in the Staffordshire Moorlands in summer 2010.

The National Outdoor Tug of War Championships will take place in Warslow near Longnor next in June.

Up to 1000 people are expected to descend on the small village, with both spectators and competitors coming from right across the country.

One of best chances locally of a gold medal in the games are the team from Norton in Stoke-on-Trent.

The team - who were representing England at the European outdoor championships in Assen in the Netherlands in 2009 won the 600kg weight title.

Andrew Hall is organising the championships in Warslow, and said that Staffordshire is the natural home for them:

"Local clubs around here have got a very successful rate. Not only have you got Norton from Stoke, you've got Bosley Wood Treatment from up the road in Cheshire."

"The clubs mainly within 30 to 40 miles of Warslow, are mainly the most successful teams in the country indoor and outdoor," he said.

Aiming for South Africa

The games will take place at the Manifold Primary School, where its sports field will be transformed with marquees, and a competition ring.

"The field would cope easily with a thousand people on it and we shall be asking people in certain areas if we can park cars in farmers fields and nearby pubs as well," said Andrew.

"People will end up in staying in Buxton because it has the largest number of hotels."

Teams that win at the outdoor championships in Warlsow will qualify for the world Tug of War competition taking place in South Africa.



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