National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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06 August 2013


#image#The crowds turned out in their hundreds this weekend for the hotly contested National finals of the NFYFC Tug of War competition.

Over 300 Young Farmers took part in the finals which were held at the Tenbury Countryside Show in Worcestershire – the perfect location for the eventual winners of the Ladies Tug of War competition, local girls Tenbury Wells YFC.

The ladies team, who beat last year’s champions Derbyshire FYFC to the title, have been practicing for around four hours a week as well as swimming, running and cycling. They also compete in the Welsh Tug of War league and will be representing Wales in the National Finals next weekend.

Team member Nicola Yarnold said:

“We are all so proud and happy that we have become National champions and that all the hard work and training has paid off! It is a great achievement to put Worcestershire Young Farmers and Tenbury Wells Young Farmers’ Club in particular on the map.”

In the men’s competition it was Staffordshire FYFC, runners up in last year’s competition, who clinched the title in a thrilling final against Lancashire FYFC.

This year was also the first time NFYFC have run a Tug of War competition for its younger members, with a mixed competition for members aged 12-17. This time Lancashire FYFC proved their strength, beating Leicestershire FYFC in the grand final.

The ladies, mens and mixed under 17 finals all took place in the show’s Grand Ring, drawing hundreds of spectators and supporters.

Download the full Tug of War competition results here.



05 August 2013


NFYFC has joined forces with The Farming Community Network (FCN) to help raise awareness of mental health issues and the support available to rural communities.

A new survey has been launched for YFC members to find out more about their attitudes to mental health as well as the issues that cause them to feel stressed and under pressure. The results of this survey will help FCN and NFYFC understand more about the type of support young people in rural communities need.

Around one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, and farmers in particular are classed as being at a high risk of experiencing problems. Financial pressures, livestock disease and poor harvests are often highlighted as particular difficulties for the agricultural community, alongside issues such as rural isolation.
 
NFYFC’s Vice Chairman of Council, Claire Worden, said:

“Given the current climate many of our members will be concerned about their future within the agricultural industry and could be feeling the pressure to make some big life decisions. Perhaps they are worrying about taking over the family farm and the responsibilities this entails, or concerned about the rising costs of feed, land or rural housing."

“There are so many factors that can lead to stress, and we are working with FCN to raise awareness of the support and guidance that is available and to encourage young people to seek help before the problem escalates.”

Charles Smith, FCN’s Chief Executive  added:

“Over recent months, we have noticed a gradual increase in the number of calls to our helpline from younger people, so we are eager to understand more about the particular issues facing young people in the countryside, so that we are better able to support them.”

To take part in the survey visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/youthwork. By taking part in the survey you will also be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to Go Ape.






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