National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 July 2015

Cumbria FYFC continued to rule the roost at national competitions, as it took home numerous awards at the NFYFC Competitions Weekend in Staffordshire. Cumbria collected five top awards, including the prestigious Junior Member of the Year award, which was won by Alice Longmire of Lowick YFC (pictured right).

Alice fought off competition from six other finalists, having impressed the judges with her answers about what being a Young Farmer means to her and how to bring in new members.

Alice, 18 and vice chairman of Cumbria's Youth Forum, couldn’t hide her disbelief. “I’m still in shock” she said. “I can’t really believe it! I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet! My parents were members and won competitions at county level but never at national level, so I’m really proud.

“People can sometimes have the wrong perception about Young Farmers. It’s a lot more than standing in fields and working with tractors. You get great opportunities that people don’t always see and that’s why they don’t necessarily want to join. They get the wrong impression. We need to show more people the amazing opportunities that come with being a Young Farmer and let them know that you don’t have to work in agriculture to join.”

There was even more reason to celebrate for Lowick YFC on Saturday, as another one of its members, Leah Clough (pictured right), won the Best Chairman award in the Junior Speaking competition. Cumbria came second in that team competition, but took first place in the Junior Reading competition. They also came third in the Fashion Make & Model competition and 2nd in the Cube Exhibit.

Devon FYFC also enjoyed a very successful competitions day, winning first place in the After Dinner Speaking competition. Daniel Grist of Cheriton & Tedburn YFC took home the Best Speaker award, while fellow club member Louise Putt won the best Vote of Thanks award in the Junior Speaking competition. Devon finished third in that event.

ARTFUL DODGERS

Alice had little time to celebrate her achievement as she was competing for Cumbria again in the Dodgeball competition at the National Sports Day at Weston Road Academy on Sunday. But it was Shropshire who dominated that particular event, with both of the county's teams reaching the final. Dorrington YFC (pictured below) won a pulsating final against Whittington & Oswestry YFC to take home the trophy.

However, Cumbria dominated once again by taking home two more 1st places, as Richard Lawrence, Kent Estuary YFC, and Heidi Dent, Pennine YFC, came first in their respective senior cross country competitions.

Devon too enjoyed further success at Sports Day, coming first in the team cross country competition, while Jordan Ford of Witheridge YFC came first in the intermediate male cross country competition.

Yorkshire came out on top in the Kwik Cricket competition, beating Wiltshire YFC in the final. 

A full list of results from Competitions Day and Sports Day can be found by visiting our Competitions Results page.

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