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. 

Winners: Oxfordshire FYFC. Trophy to be collected by County Chairman Laura Gascoyne

They may be one of the smallest counties with only 366 members in competing age – but Oxfordshire has shown that a bit of encouragement can go a long way.

The County works hard to ensure there are lots of members showing their support at competition rounds.

“We have tried to make sure there is a crowd at a competition as more people are willing to take part if they know it will be well-attended. It’s also a good way to show members what’s involved in competitions and encourage some of the ‘spectators’ to compete in the future.”

As well as promoting competitions, Oxfordshire also offers county workshops for county and national competitions that are aimed at developing members’ skills to help them compete at a higher standard.

The County is not averse to learning some new moves either if it means getting one over on a rival YFC county.

“We heard last year that one of the counties was putting a dance team into the Area round because they knew they were going to be the only County do this so would get straight through to the national final. Oxfordshire didn’t think this was fair, so we made our own dance team, learnt some disco dancing moves and beat them to the national final,” said Laura. “It was a great feeling – and by pushing ourselves it’s still paying off now as we have entered the Ballroom Dancing  competition this year too, which has involved some of the junior members. One in particular, a 10-year-old from Abingdon YFC, has really come out of her shell and grown in confidence since taking part in our practices over the last 10 weeks. That’s what YFC competitions are all about.”

While the County didn’t pick up a national competitions trophy during the membership year, they did place well in competitions, especially Fencing and Farm Skills.

“Its exciting to be given this trophy in recognition of what we achieved,” said Laura. “We received the Merrick Burrell trophy last year so it feels impressive to receive another trophy for our small county!” 


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