Barnsley team compete in international Tug of War tournament

A Tug of War team who train in a barn near Barnsley are making last preparations before they represent England in what's described as the 'Six Nations' of Tug of War.

Barnsley's international Tug of War contenders

A Tug of War team who train in a barn near Barnsley are making last preparations before they represent England in what's described as the 'Six Nations' of Tug of War.

The Kilroe team have taken eight gold medals from the UK indoor Tug of War Championships and this year they are hoping to take another title.

Competitions are organised in weight classes where each team of eight pullers must not exceed the stated weight.

The club members diet throughout the year, losing up to a stone in the run-up to a competition and train three times week.

Puller Andrew Howe said:

"We really want people to realise that this is a serious sport that we work really hard at. It was part of the Olympics in the past and it is our dream to one day get the sport back into the Games."

The Tug of War Association organises men’s, women’s and youth competitions and over 50 countries have teams which compete internationally.

This year's competition is being held in at the Huddersfield Sports Centre on Saturday.

Emma Wilkinson went to see the team's preparations:

Barnsley team in "Six Nations Tug of War"

More than 50 countries compete internationally, but here in Yorkshire, we have a Tug of War team right up there with the best of them.

The team training for the international Tug of War championships

We know they are made of tough stuff in Barnsley but with strict diets and hours of strength training, the Kilroe Club take tough to a new level.

This week they have stepped up the tempo, as they prepare to represent England in what's described as the 'Six Nations of Tug o' War'.

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