National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Worshipful Company of Farmers Trophy

Awarded to a small County Federation whose membership is amongst the lowest 50% of counties, NFYFC Competitions Finals 2017-18.

Winner: Oxfordshire FYFC

Workshops and competition taster sessions helped Oxfordshire improve its involvement in YFC Competitions – and earned them the Worshipful Company of Farmers trophy for a second consecutive year.

County Chairman Laura Gascoyne said that winning the trophy again proves just how much smaller counties can achieve.

“It is an honour to be receiving the Worshipful Company of Farmers Trophy for a second year in a row. It shows that small counties can be mighty, and I am proud of every member that has had a go at competitions. I will continue to encourage them to have a go as you don't know where it might lead you!”

There has been a concerted effort from Oxfordshire to encourage members to get involved in competitions because of the opportunities they provide. Where clubs have not had enough members that wanted to get involved in a particular competition, the county organised competition taster sessions and workshops.

“We held a dance taster session which had a few members from different clubs attend and meant we were then able to get a team together,” explained Laura. “We won at the South East Area and then got through to the national finals, which was a great experience.”

The County regularly puts on competition demonstrations – such as for Just a Minute – so members can see what’s involved and feel more comfortable about taking part.

“We encourage everyone to have a go – it’s not about the winning but the opportunities members gain from taking part. This year we had a range of stockjudging evenings planned in our county calendar with past members from the County that have previously done well in stockjudging. Unfortunately these had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus!”

Oxfordshire is keen to invest in its members to help them gain new skills and experiences. County funds were made available for workshops in areas such as floral art, poultry trussing and fish filleting. “We also created certificates and awarded them to all who attended so that they could add that skill to their own portfolio,” explained Laura.

The County also works hard to encourage inter-club relationships by hosting ‘club at county’ events every other month.

“They’re an opportunity for members from other clubs to socialise and this has helped strengthen us as a County,” added Laura.






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