National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 September 2014

A group of Young Farmers have returned to the UK after an unforgettable volunteering trip to Ghana. 10 young explorers were lucky enough to be selected for the trip in October last year and spent two weeks learning about a completely different culture. A trip that filled with farming, painting and entertaining children left the team blown away by an entirely new experience.

Bethan Ellis, group team leader, said: "The process started in October when the details of YFC Travel trips were released. We filled forms in and went for an informal interview at the NFU Mutual Headquarters in Stratford. Eight months later, having done our fundraising, we were jetting off to Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

"Our days consisted of working in the mornings, either painting or farming then returning home for food and rest before visiting a Day Care Centre in the afternoon to entertain the children. Following a week of painting at the Christian Unity Prep School in Mampong, we were presented with gifts from the headmaster, teachers and the PTA and thanked for our help. The experience will stand out in our minds because of the dodgy rat infested toilet block and the football pitch we had to drive across to reach the school, sometimes with a game in mid-play! 

"A week spent farming consisted of feeding and cleaning the animals, raising beds, weeding the maize (with a machete!) and planting cassava, plantain and tomatoes. We also visited a farmers market, palm wine factory and a gari making plant and had the chance to see how Ghanians make a living from farming."

In between the hard work the team got the chance to see Ghana’s rich, vibrant culture, ranging from cooking, dancing and drumming lessons, a visit to a bead and wood market and broom making.

Bethan said: "We also had the chance to visit Cape Coast, where we were given a tour of an important castle during the slavery era and given an eye opening account of the way slaves were treated. Following this we visited the Kakum rain forest where we bravely made our way across the ropey untrustworthy ladders of the canopy walkway – a rope ladder suspended 40 metres above the floor."

"Although we only spent two weeks in Ghana, we got to see how the real people lived by staying with a family and joining in with their life. The people there have a completely different take on life and couldn’t quite understand our descriptions of life as British Young Farmers!

"The YFC Travel programme gave us a chance to live life in an entirely different environment and culture and we encourage anyone who wants to travel to give it a go and to take advantage of the trips on offer."

Young Farmers now have the opportunity to apply for next year's YFC volunteering trip to India. Details for this trip, plus all other 2015 YFC Travel adventures can be found on the website

05 September 2014

The latest edition of Ten26 magazine is out on Monday and once again full of great stories from the world of NFYFC.

In the summer edition, we take a look back at a fantastic 2014 Blackpool convention and look ahead to the YFC Travel programme for 2015. We also read about the experiences of Young Farmers from this year's travel adventures.

There is also some great article about NFYFC's Rural+ campaign and how becoming a Young Farmer can be good for your mental health.

 NFYFC is always on the look out for great news stories from YFCs across the country for future editions of Ten26.

To have your story featured in the next edition of Ten26, simply send your stories and photos to


04 September 2014

Details are now available and applications are being accepted for NFYFC's 2015 Travel Programme. 

Once again, Young Farmers will be able to apply for the trip of their lives and learn more about different cultures all over the world.

NFYFC offers all its members the opportunity to take part in YFC Travel - a unique programme of exciting trips, home stays and working exchanges to destinations around the world. Next year also includes some new trips, including a Homestay in USA and a volunteering trip to India.

Katie Pollock from Ridware YFC, Staffordshire, was lucky enough to fly out to Australia and experience farming life down under. Katie (pictured right) said: “Everyone was so friendly and willing to do things for you. It felt like home and I had so much fun. One of the girls I stayed with is visiting me in the UK soon as we got on so well. I had so much fun and I would go back again. It was a once in a lifetime experience and it has boosted my confidence no end. I would recommend it to others.”

You can read about what's on offer in 2015 on the YFC Travel homepage

Applications must reach the NFYFC office no later than Friday 14th November 2014. NFYFC will only accept applications signed by the applicant and a member of staff from the YFC County Office.

Applicants will be required to attend a YFC Travel Selection Day on Saturday 6th December 2014 at The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Rd, Coventry, CV5 9BA.

You can also read more about the experiences of some of our Young Farmers this year in the next edition of Ten26, which is out next week. 

02 September 2014

Parbold YFC have put their name on the world Tug of War map by performing valiantly at their first internation tournament. Just weeks after their second consecutive first place at the NFYFC national Tug of War championships, the team showed off their skills at the 2014 GENSB tournament in Folkestone, Kent.

The team were battling it out against 39 teams from 9 different countries. The competition was split into 4 groups with the top 4 teams in each group progressing to the knock out stages. Despite competing against some very strong international teams, Parbold put in a great performance and finished 5th in their group - just missing out on a place in the knock out stages.

David Hamer, Chairman of NFYFC Competitons steering group, said: "I am absolutely over the moon for what Parbold young farmers have achieved.  It is exactly what I wanted when I brought GENSB Tug of war to NFYFC. The experience those young people have just had this weekend will stay with them for the rest of their lives."

The Parbold team have already expressed their interest in attending the 2015 GENSB competition in Heino, Netherlands, which again will be on the August bank holiday weekend. The GENSB competition is open to any team to take part in, and there is no qualification route to the competition, so any YFC team wishing to compete next year should keep their eye on the GENSB web site at or contact the Tug of War Association for info via
Photos from this year's event are also available via the Tug of War Association Facebook page.



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