National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

09 July 2013

New skills were on display at the national finals when competitions in knitting and ultimate Frisbee were held for the first time – and Derbyshire reined supreme in both contests.

Anne Wildgoose from Derbyshire (pictured right) clinched the top prize in knitting for knitting a pair of socks using more than 50% British wool – a condition of the competition.

The knitting challenge was launched in conjunction with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) and was judged by their Producer and Communications Manager Gareth Jones and Textile Designer Berni Raeside.

Gareth said: “We hope this competition has promoted the qualities of wool to NFYFC’s members who are the farmers and consumers of the future.”

In Ultimate Frisbee, the Derbyshire team (pictured below left) only had an hour’s practice in the park the day before the contest but still romped to victory, beating Cumbria in the final.

It was a tense match – and the team nearly fell out during the knock out stages when it all got a bit too much for one of their players. But the team rallied round and went on to win first place.

More than 500 members, friends and family attended the competitions over a sunny weekend in Stafford. A range of speaking competitions and artistic challenges were staged on Saturday, culminating in an awards ceremony at the end of the day.

Devon FYFC brought home a few trophies, with wins in the Junior Member of the Year competition for Helen Bellew, Buckland Brewer YFC, Sophie Grills won Best Chairman in Brainstrust and Devon won the overall Brainstrust competition. 

This was the first year that semi finals for public speaking were held before the nationals, which reduced the number of competitors, making it easier for judges to mark.

Hannah Talbot said: “Our competitions programme offers all members a chance to take part in something they might not have tried before, and this weekend really shows off the variety of competitions on offer.

“While we had fewer public speaking teams competing at the nationals because of the semi finals, it meant the standard was higher than it has ever been. It was a great weekend with lots of members competing and having a good time.”

On Sunday, while Andy Murray was preparing to win Wimbledon, Young Farmers were out in force playing Dodegball, Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Rounders and Men’s 5-a-side football.

Yorkshire came out top of the counties in Dodgeball and Women’s Rounders, while Carmarthenshire went home with a win for Wales in the Men’s 5-a-side football following a penalty shoot out. 

Sally Turnball was team captain for the Yorkshire Women’s Rounders team and said it was teamwork that earned them a win.

“We played really well as a team and we upped our game. It was hardcore and Cumbria played really well. We had one practise the other week and we lost to our boys and they said we were absolutely rubbish and we were not going to do any good. But we came and did our best and I'm very proud of everyone,” said Sally.

All photos from the events are on our Facebook page.
All results and scores can be seen on our Results page.

Knitted Garment Competition: Anne Wildgoose, Derbyshire
Junior Public Speaking: Yorkshire
Best Vote of Thanks: Alice Hyland, Yorkshire
Best Speaker: Elin Havard, Brecknock
Best Chairman: Christina Evans, Shropshire
Junior Reading: Brecknock
Brainstrust: Devon
Best Panel Member: Matthew Allen-Hosken
Best Chairman: Sophie Grills

After Dinner Speaking: Essex
Best Speaker: Paul Williamson
Junior Member of the Year: Helen Bellew, Devon
Situation Vacant: Robert Walker, Lancashire
Cube Exhibit: Warwickshire
Video Clip Competition: TBA
Christmas Card Competition: Beth Dennis, Worcestershire
Photography Competition:
YFC: Luke Cox, Wiltshire
Charity: Hollie Harris, East Riding
Rural Life: Sam Roberts, Warwickshire
Seasons, Country Shows, Machinery: Jessica Wright, Herefordshire
Livestock: Owen Hearn, Bedfordshire
Lighter side of Farming: Eve Hooper, Somerset
Landscape: Maria Muntz-Torres, Worcestershire
Weather: Maddy Sharpe, Gloucestershire
Community: Alun Roberts, Pembrokeshire

Dodgeball: Yorkshire
Ultimate Frisbee: Derbyshire
Women’s Rounders: Yorkshire
Men’s 5-a-side indoor football: Carmarthenshire


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