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Return of the YFCU Tug of War Competition in association with Thompsons and Sons Ltd

Updated: Apr 22

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Northern Ireland’s largest rural youth organisation is proud to announce the return of the prestigious Tug of War Competition, at the 153rd Balmoral Show. This much anticipated event is back after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The event, as in previous years, is expected to draw a huge crowd when the teams take to the cattle rings on Thursday 12th May, 5:30pm at Balmoral Show. Teams will compete on a round robin basis with semi-finals and finals across three categories; Men's Novice, Men's Advanced & Female, the highlight of the evening will be the ‘Advanced’ final.



Allison Matthews, marketing co-ordinator from Thompsons, commented on the event: “As a long-term sponsor of the Young Farmers Club’s Tug of War competition, Thompsons are looking forward to getting back onto the cattle lawn at this year’s Balmoral Show, to support this very popular event."


Thompsons’ Sale’s Director Gordon Donaldson said that, “As a company we appreciate the effort put in by all the young farmers to make these events a success, and how important they are as a means of bringing like-minded young people together. Our sponsorship of the annual silage competition and the tug of war, help to keep our links close to the future generation of farmers, something we think is key to the succession of our industry.”


Peter Alexander, YFCU President commented on the event:” After a long two-year break, I’m delighted to see the YFCU Tug of War back at the Balmoral Show. Competitions like the Tug of War bring out the competitive side of all clubs and always generate a lively crowd and a great atmosphere. John Thompson and Sons Ltd has continued to sponsor the YFCU Tug of War for many years, and I would like to thank them for their support.”



(Back Row L-R): Philip Donaldson Thompsons Feeding Representative, Rachel Belshaw Newtownhamilton YFC, Peter Alexander YFCU President.

(Front Row L-R); Susan Bate YFCU Membership & Club Development Officer and Hayley Sloan YFCU Events Co-ordinator.

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