National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 November 2010

NatWEst agricultural manager Kenneth Feast, NFYFC training officer Jo Bouchard and NFYFC personal development steering group chairman Rob Cann launch the new Curve training library
NatWest agricultural manager Kenneth Feast,
NFYFC training officer Jo Bouchard
and NFYFC personal development steering group chairman
Rob Cann launch the new Curve training library

An exciting new training library aimed at providing Young Farmers' Club members with fresh opportunities for personal and professional development was launched by the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs this weekend.

The Curve Club Training Pack includes eight inspirational training modules which have been designed to support club members with a combination of entrepreneurial and life skills that can be transferred into business and everyday life. It is also perfectly aligned to the core objectives of NFYFC – to provide opportunities for its members to improve their personals skills and gain a sense of achievement through educational and social activities.

The two-hour sessions,  which cover subjects including managing change, event budgeting, networking, communication and marketing, are tailor made for YFC members and associates, and  will be delivered by the professionally trained YFC trainers at club level.

The Curve has been launched with support from NatWest which is sponsoring the marketing of the new training and development programme.

The bank’s sponsorship agreement, confirmed at the NFYFC council meeting at the Charlecote Pheasant, near Stratford on Avon on Sunday, sees the promotion of the Curve to NFYFC members through a series of flyers, advertising and web promotional activities as well as specially branded information and learning packs.
Rob Cann, chairman of NFYFC’s personal development steering group, said: “The new Curve training pack offers fantastic training opportunities to all the Young Farmers’ Clubs within the federation as the modules have been designed to support successful club operations. NFYFC is very pleased to launch this training package alongside NatWest, which is providing invaluable support through its sponsorship of the marketing of the new training.”
Ian Hardcastle, Head of Agriculture at NatWest Business & Commercial Banking added: We are absolutely delighted to support the NFYFC and provide assistance with the marketing of the new Curve Club Training Pack. This is a great sponsorship activity for the bank and demonstrates our commitment to help at a grass roots level and support the future development of young people entering the farming sector.
“At NatWest we have been supporting British farming for over 200 years with our team of dedicated agricultural managers and this sponsorship agreement with the NFYFC gives us the opportunity to give something back to the farming sector. We look forward to seeing the progress and success of NFYFC members who embark on the Curve training.”

Find out more about the new Curve training modules for your YFC at or email NFYFC training officer Joanne Bouchard for more information and a brochure.



23 November 2010

Competitors from across England and Wales put their stockjudging skills to the test at the English Winter Fair at Staffordshire County Showground over the weekend.

Gloucestershire A team’s Milly Hendy took first prize in the intermediate beef (live and carcase) judging competition; with Yorkshire A team’s Ryan Atkinson first in the senior category.

First place in the intermediate pork (live and carcase) judging competition went to Beth Lawrence from Montgomery YFC A team; with Gloucestershire B team’s Oliver Teague taking first place in the senior category.

The Mark Madders Trophy, for the highest scoring county intermediate team, was awarded to Montgomery A team, made up of Becky George and Beth Lawrence.

The Bob Williams Trophy, for the highest scoring county senior team, was awarded to Herefordshire A team of Michael Hanson and Matthew Price.

The Smithfield Trophy (overall beef stockjudging team) was awarded to the Yorkshire A team of Anna Stapleton and Ryan Atkinson, and Montgomery B team of Naomi George and Daffydd Morris took home the Smithfield Trophy (overall pork stockjudging team).

The John Spear Trophy, awarded to the county with the overall highest marks, went home with Montgomery A team.

Full results are available in the competitions section of the website at, and photos from the event can be viewed in the NFYFC photo gallery and also at

The event is sponsored by EBLEX and hosted by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, with awards presented by the Royal Smithfield Club.

17 November 2010

Don't miss three new NFYFC tenancy training opportunities on 12, 19 and 28 January 2011.

If you want to boost your business skills, plan to apply for a farm tenancy, or are thinking of entering NFYFC's farm business development competition, then put these dates in your diary and book your place now.

Check out the dates and venues for 2011's training events in the agriculture and rural affairs section of the website.

17 November 2010

Book your place on the first of six new bar tending training courses offered by NFYFC in partnership with drinks giant Diageo.

The course is designed to help ensure YFC events are safe, profitable and fun for all, and covers things such as stocking your bar properly; successful service; making cocktails and mocktails; and learning about  the laws governing  running a bar, including applying for a temporary events notice (TEN).

The first training is on 6 December 2010, from 5pm-9pm, at Campanile Hotel, Northampton.

It is free and aimed at YFC members staff and associates over 18 who manage and run bars for events or who would like to do so in future.

To book a place complete the attached booking form and return it to NFYFC  training officer Jo Bouchard, who can also help with futher information about the training.

NFYFC reserves the right to charge £20 to those who book onto the course but don’t attend on the day.

15 November 2010

The winning team from Worth Valley YFC receive their awards from NFYFC president Lionel Hill
The National final of the NFYFC Rural Apprentice competition was held in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, last month and Sue Ryder Care benefited by more than £15,000.

The competition, sponsored by Foresters, was launched last November and more than 20 clubs have been competing against each other in an entrepreneurial challenge to raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Sue Ryder fundraiser Lucy Barbour was amongst the judges playing the part of BBC ‘s The Apprentice’s Lord Alan Sugar by listening to the team’s presentations and then grilling the competitors who had qualified through to the national final.

The judges placed Sophie Ogden and David Johnson from Worth Valley YFC, in West Yorkshire, first.  They had involved the whole club in their efforts which had raised an impressive £3,300.  Ideas the club had implemented had ranged from a competition to guess the name of the lamb and staging a professional wrestling show.

Silsden with Skipton YFC, from North Yorkshire, was runner up having raised a pig and then served it as a hog roast at a local wedding as one of a number of innovative ideas to raise funds.

David Johnson, of Worth Valley YFC, said, “It has been a great experience for our members to get involved in this project and raise such a large amount for this very worthy cause.  Aside from raising money it has raised our profile as a vibrant young group in the community and helped us increase our membership.  I would advise any club considering entering next year’s competition to get involved.”

Jeannie Payne, Foresters regional membership manager, said: "Foresters helps communities by raising funds and volunteering for charities and local projects, so this initiative with YFC was an ideal fit.  The results were excellent and we are pleased to be supporting the scheme again next year."

The Rural Apprentice competition will be run again in the NFYFC  2010/11 competitions year and anyone who would like to get involved is asked to contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640176 or

03 November 2010

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique collaboration of brands and businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.

The fund is now accepting applications for grants for projects that are helping to secure a sustainable future for the British Countryside and rural communities.
Find out more online at or download he newsletter..
Check out the NFYFC funding page for more potential sources of funding for your YFC.


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