The men’s YFC team from Waterhouses, Staffordshire, pulled to victory in the National Finals at Tenbury Wells Show.
Beating off tough competition, the team were crowned national champions at the Tug of War finals on Saturday 4 August 2018.
The Staffordshire men’s team competed in the 680kg category, beating ten other teams to victory in the final competition after battling it out in a series of qualifying rounds across the country.
Former 2017 champions, Devon, made it to the semi-finals along with teams from Essex and Northumberland, but Staffordshire YFC took the crown without losing a single pull.
Training twice a week at Huddale Farm, Waterhouses, their dedication and ability to win was never in doubt as they dominated the competition from start to finish.
Earning their place after success in the Staffordshire County Show in May 2018, the team battled it out at the Three Counties Show beating Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
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 massive commitment to make.
“We competed against some of the best YFC teams in the country at Tenbury this year, including last year’s winning team, so to be placed first is an amazing achievement. A huge thanks to our coach Keith Belfield who also gave up his time and support to train us and get us where we are today”.
The winning team includes eight Staffordshire YFC members: James Belfield (Club Chairman), James Brown, Ed Johnson, Peter Harvey, George Goodwin, Jack Belfield, Tom Belfield and James Ball, with Keith Belfield coaching.