National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 August 2014

A sailing adventure with YFC Travel was the perfect way to spend a week on the open waves for 12 lucky members.

The sailing experience, organised by Tall Ships, was an exclusive opportunity for members under 18 years old and involved travelling from Portsmouth to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Poole, the Channel Islands, Alderney, Sark, Guernsey and Lymington.

YFC sailors enjoyed glorious sunshine on board the Challenger 2 and got involved in all sorts of activities to learn more about sailing.

Louise Cowdy from Market Bosworth YFC was one of the leaders on the trip and said she had a fantastic time.

“I had never sailed before and we learnt on the job. It was really informative and everyone got on really well.”

The crew got chance to explore different locations and had some enjoyable days and nights out together.

“We had to go on a dinghy to reach the shore when we got off to see places. It made you feel like you could be anywhere! I think some of the nights that were more fun were when we were moored at sea,” said Louise.

The week definitely tested everyone’s patience, as their living space was very small – despite being surrounded by vast amounts of water!

“It was very comfy but you couldn't get away from anyone,” explained Louise. “I made friends with everyone though – they were all so chatty and friendly.”

As a leader, Louise was responsible for organising consent forms and supporting younger members.

“It’s such a great experience. The other programmes are great but being a leader has built up so many skills, which are vital for jobs and for learning about something new. I absolutely recommend this trip, you have such a good laugh and we learnt a lot from the company too.”

The Tall Ships sailing experience is running again in 2015 from 18-25 July. There are 10 spaces available and two leader positions. Find out more information about the trip.

22 August 2014

NFYFC members took part in a special consultation at Windsor Castle in July to discuss how to attract more young people into a career in farming.

The aim of the St George’s House Consultation, which is held annually on a topic related to food and farming, was to generate debate around the actions suggested in the Future of Farming report, compiled by David Fursdon last year.

Organisers wanted to test ideas against the views of younger people at the Consultation and gather views on how they regard the prospect of a career in agriculture.

Solutions to the topic ‘How to attract and support talented young people into the farming industry’ are essential because of the need for more skilled labour and tech savvy individuals to help meet the challenges of producing more food in a sustainable way during the 21st century. It is hoped that the views shared will help to develop solutions that will project the image of careers in agriculture to attract the talent which the farming sector needs.

NFYFC members joined in the discussion and involved Russell Carrington, Chairman of the AGRI Steering Group, NFYFC Vice Chairman Chris Manley, Warwickshire FYFC member Charlotte Johnston, Norfolk FYFC member Helen Reeve and Devon FYFC Vice Chair Caroline Trude. They were among more than 40 other young people and representatives from organisations and occupations connected with farming.

Russell said: “We met some really interesting people from different organisations and there was much value in networking and talking to others and building links for the future. We hope that some of the actions we discussed will take place as a result of the consultation.”

Some of the key discussion points included:

  • NFYFC’s report into a Farming Matching Service and the need for further funding to get it up and running.
  • A central industry website that would promote agricultural careers and training, as well as bring together all initiatives in one online location (such as Bright Crop, Fresh Start and so on).
  • A campaign to promote succession planning and encourage families to discuss this earlier.
  • NFYFC was asked to think of a fun competition to promote careers in the agricultural industry.
  • Peer to Peer networking and the need for a ‘buddy’ system. It was suggested NFYFC could host discussion groups around the country to help share experiences.
  • Improving professionalism in Agriculture and the possibility of creating chartered status for people working in the industry.
  • A finance scheme to allow young farmers to get a credit history.
  • St George’s House was founded in 1966 by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Dean of Windsor, Robin Woods, as a place where people of influence and responsibility in every area of society can come together to explore and communicate their views and analysis of contemporary issues.

The Consultation Report is now available on the St George’s House website.

20 August 2014

Put that Hoedown, the single created by Essex FYFC in support of the Rural+ campaign, can be bought as a CD on Amazon from 24 August 2014.

The County has unfortunately had a long wait to get the CD version of Put that Hoedown listed on Amazon after officially launching the track on iTunes back in May.

The new CD version is only £2.99 and includes a previously unreleased instrumental bonus track and a six-page booklet, including the story behind the single, photos of YFC members and thank you messages.

The single, which was the brainchild of Essex FYFC Chairman Sam Iddison, started off as an idea to raise money in the build up to Convention by aiming to get a single into the UK Top 40.

With support from a record label, professional lyricist and some strong vocals from club members, the County found themselves recording their single at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. The track even had a guest vocalist in the form of comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes makes an appearance in the video.

Following lots of support on social media and in their local press, the single made it inside the top 60 UK singles charts and was the fifth highest new entry on the week it was released.

The video has had more than 86,000 views on YouTube and they are hoping the new CD version will give the single another boost.

Sam said: “I know there are quite a lot of supporters who have been waiting for the CD, as they don't have an Apple device to buy it from iTunes. Sales will mean we can raise more funds for YoungMinds and The Farming Community Network.”

Purchase the CD from Amazon.

19 August 2014

More than 14,000 people visited the Entertainments Arena, organised by Wales YFC at the Royal Welsh Show in July, to see celebrities such as Greg James and Gareth Gates.

Members from across Wales – and many from England – joined in the fun at the Young People’s Village, a camping and entertainment complex for young people staying at the show. More than 4,000 people camped at the site, which included free Wi-fi and improved security.

Entertainment during the week included Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Scott Mills as well as performances from Gareth Gates and pop group Five.

Tom Bevan, Wales YFC’s Events Chairman said: “This is the highlight of the YFC calendar and Wales YFC are always working hard to make it bigger and better each year. We think it is important to support local Welsh acts and to give them the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people. We are also passionate about bringing well-known acts to the Village, ensuring that we are the best entertainment and camping site for young people during the Royal Welsh Show. We would also like to thank Harper Adams University for their continued support in sponsoring this event.”

For photos from the event, visit the album on Facebook. 

12 August 2014

Young Farmers love a fancy dress do – and there’s no better time to pull on the silly clothes than when you’re high up a mountain covered in snow!

So, to get the YFC Ski 2015 après-ski party off to the coolest of starts, we’re giving you the chance to choose your fancy dress theme for the guys and gals in Tignes when they go in January 2015.

The three options for fancy dress themes are: Retro, Beach and Tweed. Choose your theme in the poll at the side of the YFC Ski Page.

The trip, from 3-10 January 2015, has already taken hundreds of bookings from Young Farmers across the UK and its set to be the biggest YFC Ski trip yet.

There are loads of activities for skiers and non-skiers alike and it’s a fantastic location to enjoy a winter holiday with fellow YFC members.

Organised by Outgoing with NFYFC, it promises to be seven days of non-stop fun with Ski Championships, a special guest DJ at the Ultimate Funicular Party as well as the chance to go ice-diving, paragliding and even a trip in a helicopter.

Don’t miss out on this amazing holiday and take advantage of early bird cheaper booking deposits before 1 September 2014. The trip is £399 and includes travel, accommodation and lift pass. There is also a wristband only package available for those who prefer to book their own transport and accommodation.

For more information visit the YFC Ski pages and book on the Outgoing YFC Ski website.

06 August 2014

It was a familiar taste of victory for Parbold YFC in Lancashire when their junior Tug of War team took first place in the national finals for a second year running.

The award winning team practised for months in the build up to the competition at the Tenbury Show and benefited from the coaching skills of former Parbold YFC member and Tug of War competitor David Garner.

David has coached the team for the last four years. “They are an exceptional team and they did really well,” said David whose sons have also taken part in the team and his daughter competed in the ladies team. “I never made it through to the nationals when I was a member but my wife did. I coach all the Parbold teams and our ladies also made it through to the finals.”

International opportunity

The team’s youngest member is David’s son 14-year-old Alex – and the other members range in ages up to 17 years old. After winning so successfully at last year’s NFYFC finals the team also decided to enter the GENSB tournament in August that was being held in the UK. Parbold YFC came fifth after competing against teams from around the world in the international competition for young athletes between 12 and 19 years old.

David said: "The competition was split into four groups with the top four teams in each group progressing to the knock out stages. Parbold were up against some very strong international teams, and finished in fifth place in their group to just miss out on a place in the knock out stages. Not bad for a first attempt against the junior teams of many established tug of war clubs who represent their countries at international level!"

Team member Janie Hodge was thrilled to be taking part agains teams from around the world but also enjoyed winning at the YFC finals: “It was a great atmosphere at the NFYFC finals as there were a lot of supporters from Lancashire as different clubs were competing in the other competitions and we all cheered each other on.”

The cheering worked as Lancashire FYFC (pictured left) also came third in the Men’s Tug of War finals – just behind Derbyshire FYFC in first place and Essex FYFC in second.

When it came to the ladies’ teams there were smiles all round from Pembrokeshire FYFC (pictured below right) who took home the winning trophy, with Yorkshire pulling into second place.


But there was controversy when it came to third and fourth positions due to a breach of the rules from Gwent FYFC who were awarded third place on the day. A steward’s enquiry conducted after the competition resulted in Gwent being disqualified after it was discovered one of their team members had already competed for another county and in a different Area. 

The disqualification put Derbyshire in third place and Staffordshire in fourth.

David Hamer, Competitions Steering Group Chairman, said: “YFC members cannot represent more than one club and county in a single membership year. We had no option but to disqualify Gwent and re-award the third and fourth places. We ask all members to follow the NFYFC competition rules to make it fair for everyone.”

“We saw some impressive Tug of War competitors at the Tenbury Show and it was great to see so many supporters cheering everyone on. Thank you to all our stewards, friends and families for making it such a great day.”

The competition also included a 4x4 Catch Weight challenge as a just for fun element to the day. Seven mixed teams competed to try and win a cash prize of £56 (made up from the £8 team entry fee). Members from clubs in Haldon, Devon were the champions after the fun sesson.

David said: “It was a great way to finish the day as the atmosphere was fantastic. Everyone joined forces to create teams and worked together. It’s how a Tug of War should be and I think everyone had a lot of fun.”

Find out more information about Tug of War rules and NFYFC general competition rules.
See photos of competitors on Facebook.


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