National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 May 2013


Hundreds of Young Farmers from across England and Wales made their way to Blackpool for the national finals of NFYFC’s Ballroom Dancing, Cheerleading, Drama and Senior Member of the Year competitions.

The drama competition is always hotly contested and this year was no different. Supporters packed the Opera Theatre in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool to cheer on the three finalists, Builth Wells YFC from Brecknock, Nesscliffe YFC from Shropshire and Brampton YFC from Cumbria.

After three fantastic, and very different, performances it was Builth Wells YFC who took the trophy for the third year running with their original play ‘Seven for a Secret’ about the impact of the Second World War on a rural Welsh community. The judges from the Guild of Dramatic Adjudicators praised the club for their clever direction and lovely duets and harmonies. Nesscliffe YFC came in second place with their lively performance of ‘Stags and Hens’ and Brampton YFC came third with ‘Private Peaceful’.

The Best Actor award went to James Dean from Brampton YFC for his moving performance as ‘Tommo’ and Mairwen Davies from Builth Wells YFC won the Best Actress award as Mary. Mariwen said:

“It’s fantastic and a real shock. We’re just so pleased to come back to national finals and compete again on the national stage. We have been extremely lucky to get through to the national finals three years in a row.”

Former NFYFC President, TV presenter Matt Baker, kicked-off Sunday’s Ballroom Dancing and Cheerleading competitions which took place in the world famous Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. With a total of 21 teams taking part in both competitions, the atmosphere was electric and all of the teams gave fantastic performances.

In the ballroom dancing it was the team from Bakewell YFC in Derbyshire who took the trophy with a slick performance which was highly praised by judges Carol May and Olive Hornby. Runners up were Trefeglwys YFC from Montgomery and in third place Withleigh YFC in Devon, who had over half of their members taking part in the competition.

Wales YFC dominated the cheerleading competition, with Clunderwen YFC from Pembrokeshire taking the crown and Trefeglwys YFC repeating their ballroom success and coming in second. The judges from the UK Cheerleading associated awarded third place to Bakewell YFC. Emily Rigby was in the Clunderwen team:

"We have had a fantastic experience at the AGM in Blackpool. The competition was very fierce and the size of the audience was nerve racking. It means such a lot to us to have won the national title ?it has made the numerous late nights of training and the long journey from Pembrokeshire worth it. We are a group of 13-24 year olds, all local to our club of Clunderwen YFC and we have had a tremendous amount of support which we would like to thank everyone for. The celebrations will continue for a very long time in true young farmer style!"

This weekend also saw the finals of the NFYFC Senior Member of the Year competition with seven finalist, one from each region of the Federation, taking part. The final stage of the competition included both private and stage interviews, and the judges were looking for members who had a good knowledge of and commitment to Young Farmers.

The competition was eventually won by Paul Glanvill from Whimple and Broadclyst YFC in Devon, who had arrived in Blackpool earlier in the week after cycling the 320 miles with five other members to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and for the fund to build a new Devon YFC building.

Paul said: “It’s a great honour to win. I wasn’t expecting it. I was very nervous. The on stage interviews seemed to go well but I knew I was up against stiff competition so I couldn’t say what was going to happen.”

The full results from all of the National Finals can be downloaded here and photographs from the competitions can be viewed on the NFYFC Facebook page.


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