National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 May 2014

Massive congrats to our Face of Annual Convention winners 2014 who will be flying flags for the Eastern and Northern Areas.

Sarah Lees from Turton YFC in Lancashire and Pete Archer from Bicester YFC in Oxfordshire are the winners of this year’s competition and win passes to the exclusive Massey Ferguson Lounge and a chance to meet our Radio 1 DJs.

After a flood of applications and some heated debates, the NFYFC team agreed on the two worthy winners. And they couldn’t be more different.

Sarah lives and works on her family’s Dairy and Beef farm and is studying Law at Manchester University, while Pete works in IT and has no farming connections other than through his club.

Sarah, who is 20, won the judges over by sharing the fact her parents first met at Convention in 1989 in the Winter Gardens and that this would be her first time at the event. Her parents were both members of Bury YFC – a club that Sarah also has connections with as her boyfriend is the current Chairman!

It was a tough decision to join in the fun and games this year as Sarah has exams on Friday and Monday afternoon – so she has been busy preparing in the build up!

“The exam on Monday afternoon is open book so I have written myself some very detailed page notes to compensate for the fact I may be a bit tired on Monday,” said Sarah who wants to work in agricultural land disputes, surveying and tenancy.

“I applied for the competition because I thought it would be a good laugh and make my first AGM a bit more memorable. I was very surprised to win. I think Turton YFC will be proud, we’re a very small club so it’s good promotion for us!”

Pete Archer is 22 and joined his local YFC six years ago after a friend introduced him to the organisation. Although he has never lived on a farm, he said he has learnt a lot – including coming third at Stockjudging in a recent competition.

Judges were impressed with Pete’s application as he said the organisation had given him confidence and a sense of belonging – proving you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! This will be the fourth year Pete has been to Convention and so he’s ready for what’s in store.

“I can’t wait for Convention. I am surprised and scared about being the Face of Convention but it will definitely make my fourth year different!”
Pete will be arriving at Convention with 14 members of Bicester YFC and is looking forward to cheering on members from Oxfordshire in the Choir competition on Sunday.  

A big thanks to everyone who entered the NFYFC competition to be our Face of Convention. Please look out for updates from Sarah and Pete over the weekend!


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