National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Katie Sanderson, 26, Elwick and District YFC, County Durham

WINNER – Heart of YFC Award

It is due to Katie’s fortitude and passion for YFC that the small club of Elwick & District has stayed open. In recent years the club faced closure but, determined not to be defeated, Katie found ways to ensure it has grown in strength – even being awarded best small club in County Durham.

It was 13 years ago when Katie first joined YFC and she quickly took up the role of club secretary, a role she has retained to this day. Despite the club’s difficulties with attracting new members, Katie puts her heart and soul into supporting the numbers that they have and has shown what small clubs can achieve.

Katie also makes sure the club is at the heart of its local rural community – a grant she sourced for the club, for example, helped them to organise a litter pick and to repaint stones around the village. She has also organised village BBQs, Christmas fairs and coffee mornings as a way of giving back to the community that the club depends on.

A former winner of Senior Member of the Year and an office holder at County and Area level, she is currently NFYFC’s Competitions Vice Chairman, helping to shape the programme for members. After gaining so much personally from competing, she now enjoys helping others to learn new skills and achieve plenty through YFC competitions.

The learning aspect of YFC is important to Katie and as one of the County’s YFC Trainers, she spends time delivering courses to members to help them develop skills and confidence.

Driven by a desire to make the YFC experience the best it can be for all members, she never shies away from expressing her opinions at all levels of the organisation. She invests time in the club and county programmes to ensure they live up to the YFC value of being ‘fun’ and that they are suitable for all ages.

Her enthusiasm for promoting YFC to the wider community is a true asset to the federation and members from both her club and county admit they would be lost without her guiding influence.

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