The Royal County of Berkshire Show (18-19th September 2010) is delighted to be hosting The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) Tug of War and All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Championships for the very first time.
Visitors will get to see Young Farmers from across the Country take part in these two exciting Championships, where participants have qualified at County and Regional level to take their places in the finals at Berkshire.
In the Young Farmers’ Ring on Saturday the NFYFC is hosting the ATV Safety Championship. 12 teams take their turns competing for the title in this competition which demonstrates the safe use and handling of ATVs and trailers, as well as basic first aid techniques. Teams will have to drive a Quad Bike around a set course, negotiating obstacles and tricky terrain, before completing a first-aid challenge. Points are scored on each of the five tasks set and the winning team will be awarded the Massey Ferguson Perpetual Challenge Trophy.
The ATV Safety Championship supports the Health & Safety Executive’s ‘Make a Promise’ Campaign, which aims to highlight the unnecessary deaths and injuries that happen on farms every day. By learning the skills needed to take part in these Championships, Young Farmers are learning the correct way to ‘stay safe.’
On Sunday, pulling power is the only thing that matters in the Ladies and Men’s Tug of War Championships! Both the Ladies and Men’s competitions have 12 teams entered, with each team consisting of eight pulling members, of which two must be aged between 15 and 18 years old and the other six between 18-26. The eight members of the team must also reach a combined weight of no more than 680 kgs for Men and 580 kgs for women.
Each heat is won by the successor of two pulls out of three until the final two teams face each other for the Championship.
Representing the South East in the Men’s competition is the Sussex Federation of Young Farmer’s Club. Micky Major, Team Manager said: “We’ve been training for this 2-3 times a week since March and recently the Oxney Vines Cross, a former World Champion Team in Tug of War has been letting us train with them. The guys are getting pulled all over the place at the moment but hopefully it’ll stand us in good stead for Berkshire!”
James Eckley, Operations Manager for the NFYFC said: “We are delighted to be showcasing two of our competition finals at the Royal County of Berkshire Show. As well as being very enjoyable activities to watch and take part in, they provide an excellent educational resource for Young Farmers everywhere. We hope visitors will come along and support these exciting competitions.”
There are some attractive discounts on tickets bought in advance, plus fast track entrance into the Show. For full details follow this link to the Royal County of Berkshow Show details page on this web site.