National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 May 2014

A record number of young farmers attended Annual Convention 2014 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with more than 5,500 people involved in activities over the weekend.

Wristband sales prior to the event were already up on previous years and combined with on the door ticket sales the event was one of the most popular in recent years.  

Major competition finals in Entertainments, Disco Dancing and the Choir attracted coach loads of supporters to the seaside resort.

Wales celebrated two victories in Entertainments and the Choir competitions. Llanbadarn Fynydd YFC came top in Entertainments with their performance of Just Chilled, and Glamorgan FYFC’s choir beat seven other clubs with their performance of Hallelujah and a Welsh folk song.

In Disco Dancing though, it was Wigton YFC from Cumbria who were hailed the champs of the dance floor – the first time the club had ever made it to a national final.

Members were treated to evening entertainment from five Radio 1 DJs over the weekend and three live bands. Jameela Jamil from Radio 1 got the party started on Sunday night, followed by Edith Bowman and Aled Haydn Jones on Saturday and Scott Mills and Chris Stark on Sunday.

As well as the entertainment, the weekend also included NFYFC’s Agri Forum 2014 where leading industry speakers shared their advice on topics associated with technology and farming. David Gardner, Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Professor Toby Mottram Founder of eCow and Campbell Scott from Massey Ferguson each gave a presentation and hosted workshops.

The weekend also included the 82nd Annual General Meeting where Poul Christensen was re-elected as NFYFC’s President for a second year.
Members also agreed to increase the membership and associate membership levy by 20% for the first time in three years. Rachel Goldie, from Great Smeaton YFC, gave a supportive speech for the increase in the levy and won The Sidney Fawcett Trophy for her contribution to the meeting.

The Senior Member of the Year was awarded to Jessica Wright from Lugg Valley YFC in Herefordshire for inspiring others to achieve. While trophies were given to the club and county who had raised the most funds for charity in 2013.

There were also elections for two new Live Vice Presidents and one life member, as well as all the trophy presentations for achievements in 2013.

Devon raised more than £100k last year for charity and won the Prince of Wales Trophy in recognition of their achievements, while Ivybridge YFC raised £18,000 and took home the Lionel J Hill Trophy for raising the most funds per member in the club. It is estimated that YFCs raised £1.2m for charity in 2013.

Young Farmers support of local charities was praised during the weekend, with many clubs arriving in Blackpool on cycles after raising funds on their journey to the Convention.

Catch up on all of the news and videos from Annual Convention 2014 over on the dedicated Convention website and see lots of photos on Facebook.

Tell us what you thought of Annual Convention 2014 and you could win a wristband for the 2015 Convention in Torquay!



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