July 10th 2013

Derbyshire cadets tug of war success

Three teams of cadets from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) represented the East Midlands at the Army Cadet Force National Tug of War competition last weekend (6 July).


After qualifying at the Regional Tug of War Championships, Derbyshire ACF entered one boys’ team and two girl’s teams into the National Tug of War Finals in York to represent 49 (East) Brigade.

Derbyshire ACF Sports Officer Leanne Urquhart was at the finals supporting the teams. She said: “After a full day of competition, both the boys and girls made it to the finals! It was a great experience for all of the cadets who travelled to York to take part in the event, many of whom were experiencing the finals for the first time. Enthusiasm and energy ran high throughout the competition, and I am incredibly proud of our team’s efforts on the day.

“The tension over the last pull was intense. Both the boys and girls teams came second overall nationally which is an incredible achievement.”

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Cadets and Youth at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, said: “Sports such as Tug of War are a key element of the cadet experience. Young people who are part of sporting teams have the opportunity to work together, increase their confidence, meet new friends, train hard and in cases such as this achieve great results.”

Three boys from Derbyshire ACF’s Tug of War team have now also been selected for the ACF England team and will compete in August for the first time.

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