National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 July 2014

Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) took home the biggest haul of trophies from Competitions Day following first place positions in Junior Speaking and Just a Minute.

The County picked up two awards for their performance in Just a Minute with not only the team trophy but also individual recognition for Claud Baker who was named Best Team Member.

The four team members from Brown Clee YFC - Claud, Sam and Joe Williams and Nancy Rollings - said it was all about tactics in the fun competition that requires you to talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the topic. The competition emulates the popular show on BBC Radio 4 and the team said they used comedian Paul Merton as an example to follow.

“Barcelona gave us the edge as we use it in all of our topics,” explained Nancy about the team’s tactics which included using positives and negatives for different genders. The judges did pick up on the Barcelona tactic and stopped them from using it eventually.

Impressed with their trophy, Joe said: “It’s amazing to win. Brown Clee YFC has never had a team through to the national finals.”
Glamorgan were not too far behind in the trophy count – with first place positions in Situations Vacant and Debating.

Carwyn Roberts, aged 22, entered the Situations Vacant competition and had to apply for a fictitious job as a Mechanical Engineer with HOPS  – NFYFC’s commercial trading arm. The HOPS team put the job profiles together for the competition and took part in the judging.

Carwyn said: “It was a good way to learn more about HOPS and how it works with the Federation ¬– I didn’t realise the opportunities available before doing this competition. I am an electrical engineer by trade so I chose to apply for the fake Mechanical Engineer job as I felt I could use my own experience. I’m delighted to have won.”

In Junior Reading, Pembrokeshire won for giving the best reading from David Walliams’ book Gangster Granny. Nia Lloyd and Tomos Evans from Fishguard YFC and Ffion Phillps from Hermon YFC joined forces to represent Pembrokeshire – even though they had initial reservations over the book choice.

“I wasn’t too sure about David Walliams at first as I have seen him on Britain’s Got Talent and I thought he was a bit OTT,” said Tomos. “But I have to say there wasn’t just comedy there was an element of sadness in there as well.” 

The trio fought off stiff competition from other counties with Cumbria A in third place and Brecknock taking second. But it’s their close friendship that Pembrokeshire think helped them to win.

 “We all have different strengths. Tomos is the Drama King and likes the more dramatic pieces, Nia has the more subtle quiet pieces and I’m more emotional and use accents,” said Ffion. “We’re all best friends so we know each other really well.

In other public speaking awards, the Best Chairman in Junior Speaking was won by Sophie Taylor from Wiltshire FYFC and the Best Speaker in Debating was Kirsty Reed from Devon.


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