National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 July 2014

A passionate speech about her commitment to YFC impressed the judges and made Sophie Winzer from Exmoor YFC in Somerset the 2014 Junior Member of the Year.

Sophie was chosen from six other finalists – but all seven will now join the Youth Forum Steering Group which helps to inform the Federation of the views and ideas of younger members.

The finalists were all required to do a PowerPoint presentation between three and 13 minutes long and then were interviewed about YFC and how they would encourage new members and what new competitions they would like to introduce.

Sophie, who has recently turned 18 years old, talked about her work with Young Farmers, including her overseas experience with a farming charity in Uganda as well as an impending trip to Perth.

“There are so many things you can get out of YFC. You become more confident and you meet so many new people. It’s a way of life for me,” said Sophie.
An active member of her club in Exmoor, Sophie  was delighted to be chosen as the winner and says more people should give it a go as she never expected to win.

“Just start at group level, each year you improve. This is the first time I have entered but I can see how much I have improved from group, county and then South West Area to reaching the finals. It’s such a progression. I was a bit hesitant at first but I was encouraged to do it – and now look where I am!”

Sophie has been a member since 2010, and has just left college and is about to have a gap year before starting Harper Adams in 2015 to study Agriculture and Crop Management. She was hoping to celebrate her victory with her Club later at the Polden Hills’ Summer Sizzler.


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