National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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YFC Supporter of the Year Award 2021

Thank you to everyone who entered or nominated someone for the YFC Supporter of the Year Award 2021. The five finalists and the winner of this category have been chosen by Farming Today and Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith, Founder Face Time a Farmer Tom Martin and NFYFC’s Competitions Chair Katie Sanderson.

WINNER: David Hunt, Woburn YFC, Bedfordshire 

David is a rock to his local club – and never more so than during the pandemic. This Club President is always at the end of a phone when YFC members need advice and he even provides a safe space on his farm for YFC meetings or for him to teach stockjudging skills. 

Club members can be found on the farm several times a week halter training lambs, cattle and pigs before the rally and he allows them to store equipment there too. 

Club members have even been invited to show David’s Red Poll cattle at shows around the country, an opportunity many of them would not have otherwise had.  

At Christmas, David hosted a talk about turkeys over Zoom and other online meetings have also been held on the farm too. 

David’s generosity with his time, farm and animals has supported the development of many members. He has passed on skills that have improved confidence and encouraged more participation in competitions. 

His influence on the club has brought them together like a family and they admit to working better as a team too. 

David is dedicated to the members of Woburn YFC and passionate about giving them experiences that help them to learn and develop new skills, despite running a busy farm business. Described as an ‘all round hero’ to Woburn YFC, the club would be lost without his ongoing support.  

RUNNER UP: Samantha Edworthy, Cruwys Morchard YFC, Devon 

Samantha’s invaluable support and guidance has kept Cruwys Morchard YFC going through a tough period and even made them award winners.

When the club discovered it no longer had any active members aged over 16, they had to have a serious discussion about whether they could continue to operate. 

Younger members of the club wanted it to continue and through Samantha’s guidance there is now a 15 year old Chair and 14 year old secretaries. 

Even though Samantha lives 75 miles away in Dorset, she is always on hand to offer support and it has allowed the club to develop and grow in numbers. Her commitment has also helped the club win the Most Inspiring Junior Youth Group Award from Rural Youth Europe. 

She has helped to deliver online skills for life events with our Skills for Life Officer (who is only 10!) during Covid restrictions and kept the club engaged during challenging times. 

The connections Samantha has encouraged during lockdown have boosted mental wellbeing in the club and her pastoral care has been described as invaluable. 

Samantha’s passion for developing YFC members is evident and without her the club may not have survived the challenges of Covid. She has created an award-winning club that is now run by confident junior members.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Robert (Bert) Mitchell, Warwickshire  

When Bert Mitchell’s time as a YFC member came to end, he decided to carry on supporting his club and county in any way he could. He has moved from being a ‘key’ member to a ‘key’ supporter and recently finished a four-year stint as the County President and is now Vice Chair of the West Midlands Area. 

Whether it’s providing a meeting space, being a judge or steward – Bert always steps up to help. He is a constant at county executive meetings and is only ever a phone call away for advice when needed. 

Whether it’s pulling pints at a fundraiser, stewarding the Tug of War or judging public speaking, Bert is always the first to offer help, and it’s known that the job will be done if he’s volunteered. 

He’s encouraged countless numbers of young people to join the organisation as he always promotes the organisation to prospective members. 

Bert is passionate about ensuring the Federation is still there for when his own young children reach membership age and Warwickshire FYFC admit they would be in a much poorer place without his support. 

FINALISTS 

Angela Woodward, Staffordshire 

Not many people volunteer to be treasurer but Angela has held the post of County Treasurer for the past 14 years. She’s a whizz on spreadsheets, sets careful and realistic annual budgets and keeps on top of transactions while supporting clubs with their accounts too. 

Angela’s clear and transparent budgets make it simple for clubs to understand and they feel confident that the County’s finances are in safe hands. 

As well as going above and beyond in her role as Treasurer, she’s also a County Trustee, sits on the management committee and is also on the advisory committee for Leek YFC, where she was originally a member. 

Angela’s work often gets taken for granted but she puts in hours of time and dedication. She is passionate about YFC and manages to fit in her supporting roles alongside raising three children, assisting on her family’s dairy farm and having two other jobs as well. 

Staffordshire admit its strong financial position, even despite the pandemic, is down to Angela’s incredible work. 

Saskia Cook, Norfolk 

When Norfolk FYFC lost funding support it meant losing members of its county staff team – leaving Saskia as the only person left running the office. Despite the sudden reduction in support, Saskia has stepped up to the challenge and kept in regular contact with the clubs and updated the management committee on changes in regulations, guidance and NFYFC updates. She also updates the County’s major supporters and has ensure the Federation has continued to function during throughout the restrictions. 

Recognising that members were feeling the impact of the pandemic on everyone involved in YFC, Saskia introduced a Helping Hands scheme to ensure they were looked after.

She has also organised key events such as the 75th anniversary ball, a virtual competitions and events and even the virtual rally.  

Saskia is described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ bringing so many ideas and lots of event experience to the role. She is always willing to step in and help out at the last minute to run meetings or teach skills. 

Saskia has been the glue holding Norfolk FYFC together during the challenge of lockdowns. Her enduring support for members’ welfare is appreciated and her hard work has not gone unnoticed by everyone in the county.  


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