National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 October 2017

National Young Farmers’ Week reached more than 1.2m people on social media and early indications are that membership numbers are higher than this time last year!

YFC Selfies, positive videos and messages flooded social media during the 18-24 September as the country got behind its Young Farmers. 

An article in the Sunday Telegraph by NFYFC President Charlotte Smith kicked the week off and told the world what Young Farmers’ Clubs are all about.

Industry titles Farmers Guardian and Farmers Weekly promoted YFCs in print and online and local papers and radio stations supported your events and activities across England and Wales.

The Federation was also supported by well-known faces Adam Henson and Jimmy Doherty, as well as industry stalwarts NFU President Meurig Raymond and Farming Minister George Eustice – both former YFC members.

There were also messages of support from NFYFC’s sponsors and partners throughout the week.

But it was NFYFC’s clubs and counties that worked the hardest to promote the Federation and came up with innovative ways to advertise their new members’ nights, including:

  • A ‘give it some welly’ promotional campaign in Leicestershire 
  • Abingdon YFC took to social media and told their story throughout the week and were interviewed on local radio
  • A bale art sculpture competition was organised in Cornwall 
  • A Scarecrow competition in Bedfordshire helped to promote YFCs
  • Lincolnshire FYFC placed signs in the shape of pigs around the County to advertise their new members’ nights 
  • Louth YFC created a 'cowpig' to promote their events.

NFYFC and HOPS received 54 entries to our YFC Selfie competition but Whitchurch YFC in Shropshire was the overall winner. 

Judges Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith chose Whitchurch YFC as the club they would most like to join after looking at all the YFC Selfies.

“The picture sums up everything about the spirit of young farmers. A group of people who work hard but through NFYFC make great friends, support each other and have a laugh,” said Chris.  “Whatever they are up to when this was taken looks fun, everyone’s smiling and it makes me want to don a cow onesie and get involved. Nice one guys!” 

Chairman Harry Morgan and Club Secretary Jayne Bennett were thrilled to hear that Chris and Charlotte wanted to join their club and offered them an open invitation to join as long as they love dressing up and are willing to try their hand at ploughing at their annual match. 

“It is such a buzz to win a tough competition and an awesome job by the Whitchurch YFC team,” said Harry. “Members bought along their achievements from the year and props including the amazing cow onesies! We can’t wait to use our shiny new camera to capture all of the fun moments of our YFC calendar. Thank you so much HOPS!”

Whitchurch won a new digital camera with video functionality so they can record even more great memories, thanks to HOPS Recruitment. HOPS Director John Hardman said: “Congratulations from all at HOPS to Whitchurch YFC on winning the YFC Selfie competition. We love the cow onesies!”

NFYFC President Charlotte said despite a difficult choice, the winner shone out. “This pic just makes me smile, it just looks fun. Which is NFYFC all over: friends, fun, learning, supporting and some dodgy fashion choices!"

Read more about Whitchurch YFC here.

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