National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Senior Member of the Year 2019 

The seven finalists for this year’s Senior Member of the Year reveal why they’re passionate about YFC. 

Katie Court

Age: 23 •  Club: Gower YFC, Glamorgan FYFC, Wales

What I love about YFC:

I love that YFC gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:

I should win senior member of the year as I am a hard working and dedicated member of the movement who strives to ensure our members have the same and if not a better experience than I have had from YFC. I strongly believe that there should be no barriers for any members to do what they want to do within the movement, to become the best version of themselves, and propel them into their futures. An honest, friendly and diligent member, I feel I would make a great ambassador for NFYFC. 

Matthew Hosken

Age: 26 • Club: Helston and St. Keverne YFC, Cornwall

What I love about YFC:

Every aspect, the chance to better myself by learning new skills, friendships for life and a vast network of people who are always there for you.

Why I should be Member of the year:

YFC has given me so much over my 10+ years – friends, family, new skills and work. It has helped me through some hard times and I decided two and a half years ago to give something back which is why I am here. Becoming County Chairman has given me the opportunity to give back to Young Farmers and promote what is best about it, becoming member of the year would help that further giving me a bigger platform on which to tell the country what Young Farmers really do.

Charlotte Garbutt

Age: 24 • Club: North Holland YFC, Lincolnshire 

What I love about YFC:

It’s made up of thousands of young people from all walks off life – be it from a farm or not – who put 110% into a voluntary organisation, learning new skills, taking part in new experiences and above all, they have fun!

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: 

I’ve been a member of YFC for over a decade and have relished in the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Winning this prestigious competition would be a great reward for my commitment to YFC but I also would use it as an opportunity to encourage and inspire young members to ensure the future of our organisation.

Zoe Whittall

Age: 24 • Club: Eardisley YFC, Herefordshire

What I love about YFC: 

 Being able to have a go at anything and everything you fancy! Through being a member of Young Farmers I have gained so many new skills by just ‘having a go’ at things. Being in YFC can lead to so much, it enables young people to gain skills, confidence and make lifetime friendships. You would struggle to find this in any other organisation!

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: 

I would love to win, simply to inspire young people to go and join their local YFC, and make the most of it! I am not what people may think the ‘Stereotypical Young Farmer’ is. I am not from a farming background and before joining YFC I did not have a lot of confidence. However, by joining the most amazing club, and by not being afraid to have a go, I am now so proud of all the things I have achieved. I would love to be a role model to the next generation of YFC, and encourage young people.

Eamon Monaghan

Age: 24 • Club:  Skelton YFC, Cumbria

What I love about YFC: 

Young Farmers in my opinion is the greatest youth organisation available in England and Wales. It presents opportunities to members that aren’t available anywhere else.

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: 

A member that does and encourages others to give anything a go, whether it be trying a new competition, organising an event or taking up a position at club, district or county level. I am a firm believer that the more you put into YFC the more you get out of it. Grassroots members are key to the future of YFC and I am always keen to promote all that is good about the organisation to recruit and retain members.  YFC has been an important part of my life and has always been there for me, without shadow of a doubt I wouldn’t be the person I am today without YFC.

Lucy Stowell

Age: 25 • Club: Dereham YFC, Norfolk

What I love about YFC: 

YFC is an organisation which allows everyone to be themselves and give everything ago. It doesn’t matter about your background, your interest or your ideas, Young Farmers allows everyone to escape from their lives and join a group of like-minded individuals to have fun, learn and achieve all together.

I have been fortunate enough to be involved in Norfolk FYFC since I was 10 years old and have raised money for charity, competed in most competitions, attended most weekly club meetings and held all the club and county committee roles. Through all of these I have learnt so many skills, had so much fun with new friends and achieved so much. These opportunities would not have been possible if I hadn’t been introduced to the organisation and I will always be grateful.

Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: 

My favourite motto is ‘Young Farmers: the more you put in the more you get out’. Having been a member since I was 10, I have gained so much from the organisation, the most important thing being my voice. If I am lucky enough, I would like to encourage counties and members to go into schools and get members into the organisation from the age of 10 so they can experience the full YFC experience. I also think it’s important that counties work together more to share ideas for the organisation to continue to flourish in years to come.

Jess Elliman

Club: Newbury YFC, Berkshire

What I love about YFC: 

I have been a member of YFC since I was 12, over the years what I love about YFC has evolved as I have got older. What I love most now about young farmers is the community vibe. Through competitions I have gained a network of friends across the country, without YFC I would not be where I am now.

Why I should win Senior Member of The Year? 

I believe I should win Senior Member of The Year because it would give me the confidence in myself and my abilities for my placement year with the McDonald's Progressive Young Farmer scheme in July in Cumbria. I also think it would look fantastic on my CV and inspire the young members of Berkshire to compete in competitions. 


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