Roping in sponsorship from Redrow was easy for the Holland Tug of War Club – club member Dave Dodd works for the housebuilder.
Based in Barton-under-Needwood, the club is about 10 miles from Redrow’s Midlands’ headquarters in Tamworth.
Thanks to the home support from the housebuilder in the shape of a £1,000 donation, the team will be pulling on new kits when they compete in national and international competitions, including the National League, Midlands Championship and AAA Championship.
Dave, site manager at Redrow’s Compton Park development in Wolverhampton, is equally at home in the building trade as he is competing in tug of war competitions.
“I used to compete in tug of war competitions when I was in the army and won a gold medal in the national championships,” Dave says.
“I found the Holland Tug of War Club by accident last year and decided to join because I love the sport. It gives you a rigorous workout and is a real test of strength and team work. We’ll be wearing our new kits with pride when we participate in competitions across the country and abroad.”
Across England there are more than 50 clubs affiliated to the Tug of War Association. Most teams start by getting involved in local fetes before taking up the sport on a more regular basis.
Organised in weight classes, tug of war teams usually comprise eight pullers, a coach and trainer. Pulls are the best of three, the choice of first end being decided by the toss of a coin. The object is to pull the opposing team a distance of four metres.
In 2013 the Holland Tug of War Club won the 600Kg 4+4 (four men and four women) Tug of War Association National Championship and the 720Kg and Catch Weight TOWA National Championships. They were also the first team ever to be asked to represent England with men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams.
Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes (Midlands), adds: “Dave’s enthusiasm for tug of war pulled at my heart strings and led to the sponsorship. Redrow often sponsors sports clubs at grass roots level but this is certainly the first time to my knowledge that we’ve backed a tug of war team.”
Meanwhile, Compton Park, Redrow’s exclusive development in Wolverhampton, is pulling in buyers who want the character of a traditional looking home but with the style and convenience of being brand new.
A showhome is open for viewing daily from 10am to 5.30pm. For more information call 01902 238 330 or see www.redrow.co.uk/compton.
Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.