National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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06 November 2015

Today (6th November) marks the final weekday of National Young Farmers’ Week.

As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

This week, a lot of subjects have been discussed about why being a Young Farmer is so great. But for many YFC members, there is one significant reason why they sign up – for the pure enjoyment of being a Young Farmer. And that’s what today’s theme is all about – social and leisure.

For many young people, growing up in a rural area and spending many hours working on a farm can be a lonely experience. That is why YFCs, with their strong support networks, are so important to the well-being of young people in rural areas. Signing up as a YFC member gives those affected by rural isolation the chance to meet new people and take part in new and enjoyable social experiences.

YFC members are renowned for enjoying an active and dynamic social life. These can range from bowling nights with some close YFC friends, to the NFYFC’s Annual Convention, which sees over 5,000 Young Farmers from all over the country to get together for one almighty party.

One Young Farmer who has benefited from an improved social life as a result of signing up, is Matthew Tucker from Neath YFC in Glamorgan. Matthew said: “Before Young Farmers, I was heavily involved in motorsport and even centred my degree around it, which led to me leading a fairly busy life with little social time available. As I packed in the sport, I needed something to occupy my time. My best friend had been a part of YFC for many years so it seemed an obvious choice. Since then my social life has turned on it head completely!

“There is something to do every night of the week across the county if you wanted to. I don't think I have missed a club night since I have started and activities here range from the cinema to sports and outings in order to cater for the various age groups. I have also gained a large but close knit group of friends that I would not do without. I have only been in YFC for 3 years but I believe with an organisation such as this you can do and achieve so much in a short space of time.”

Next year’s NFYFC Annual Convention will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 6th-8th May 2016. Tickets will be available to buy over the next couple of weeks. Head over to www.yfcconvention.org.uk for further information. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015


05 November 2015

Today (5th November) is day 4 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” – a week celebrating all things Young Farmers.

As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Bonfire night is always a popular evening amongst our clubs across England and Wales and one of the reasons why people join their local club is because they have a “burning” desire to better themselves and pick up some new skills. And that is what today’s theme is all about - training and development.

NFYFC offers a huge range of training and development opportunities to help Young Farmers brush up their skills or learn something completely new that can help them as individuals, as well as their YFC. In recent years, NFYFC has developed some fantastic resources, such as The Curve and The Source to help members realise their full potential.

Just by taking on a role in the running of their club, members are automatically learning essential leadership and team working skills. This certainly applies to Richard Darlington of Butsfield YFC in County Durham.

Richard said: “If I had to put into words how Young Farmers has developed my skills in everyday life then I would have to write a book. Obviously the main skill that most young farmers would say they have learnt is the ability to socialise. Over the past two years I have learnt a great deal. Recently we have been organising fundraising events to raise money for our club building, as Butsfield is the one of the only clubs to own their own premises in the country. I have learnt about planning, communication, public speaking and organisation which in turn helped me organise my own life as I have taken on more responsibilities as I get older. Last year, I obtained a honours degree in Agriculture without any A-levels, which would not be possible without Young Farmers. 

“Because of the training I have received with Young Farmers, I am now Chairman of Butsfield YFC and very proud. I’m also an NFU county representative and have met people who I would never have been in contact with before, from land agents to electricians. If you have just joined Young Farmers or are thinking of joining and may be slightly shy, the best way to get involved is to compete in speaking competitions, as they give you skills that you will use forever.”

For further information about how YFC can help you with training and development, visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/developmentandtraining. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015


04 November 2015

We are approaching the halfway stage of “National Young Farmers’ Week” and YFCs all over the country have been celebrating their club and everything that is great about being a Young Farmer.  As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme for “National Young Farmers’ Week” (4th November) is competitions. From singing to stockjudging, competitions have been at the heart of YFC for years.

Not only are competitions a brilliant motivator for club members to have a go at something new and broaden their experiences, they are also a fantastic tool for counties and clubs to meet their charitable objectives of promoting education and learning.

Each year the NFYFC competitions programme includes a mix of traditional rural and agricultural activities, sport, art, life and vocational skills, as well as competitions that help develop public speaking talents - for which YFC members have become renowned.

Since she joined her local club six years ago, Eleanor Holme, of Skelton YFC in Cumbria, has been a regular participant in club, county and national competitions. From streetdancing to Junior Member of the Year, Eleanor has done it all.

Known as “Nen” to her friends, she said: “My first competition in 2009 was badminton. Amazingly, we got through to the National Finals.  Since then, I've entered various competitions each year – and participated in many national finals. In 2010/11, I was part of the Junior Reading team that got through to the National final in Stafford.  In 2011/12, we got through to the National finals in Torquay for the Streetdance competition which was amazing. We didn't win but we got a hug from Matt Baker!  In 2012/13, I was in the Cheerleading squad and again, we got through to the National Finals in Blackpool. In 2013/14, it was Disco Dancing and again, we reached the National finals in Blackpool.  Again, no medals, but a lot of fun.  The standard at the National finals in all of these competitions has been so high and I was very proud to have even been there.  
 
“All of these opportunities have been amazing. They have given me so much confidence and I have learnt new skills from everything I have done.  I've not previously had that many opportunities to get up on a stage to sing, act and dance, but through taking part in the Young Farmers pantomime, the entertainments and the drama competitions, I have been able to do that.  Also, taking part in Junior Member of the Year helped me to practice interview and presentation skills.  But most of all, I have had so much fun and love being part of my club.”

The 2015/16 NFYFC competitions programme is available on our website, where you will see a full list of the competitions that are on offer to Young Farmers. Simply go to www.nfyfc.org.uk/competitions. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015


03 November 2015

The first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” is well underway – a week celebrating one of the biggest rural youth organisations in the UK. As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” will consist of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

On day 2 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” (3rd November), it’s time to put on those hiking boots and unearth your sense of adventure, as today’s theme is all about travel.

Since the dawn of YFC, thousands of young farmers have taken part in the YFC Travel programme, which offers YFC members the chance to enjoy a different culture and see what farming is like in another country. Past discoverers have tackled white water rapids in Canada, helped out in an ice cream factory in Sweden, shorn sheep in New Zealand and built schools in Uganda.

So where will your curiosity take you? Earlier this year, it took Angharad Thomas of Whitchurch YFC, Shropshire all the way to Australia.

Angharad said: “Being the other side of the world, I got talking to a few people who had strong connections back home and I met up with some of these people later on during my exchange which was great. It was really home from home.

“Some of the main highlights would have to include going on the north coast tasting trail, feeding a wallaby, meeting a Kuala and getting a 950 dairy herd in on quad bikes for milking.  But the main highlight of all was the people that I was fortunate to spend time with. I met some of the most amazing people and have made memories that will stay with me forever.

“I have gained confidence and learnt a lot about myself whilst being away, broadened my opinion about general day to day life and experienced things that I would never have done otherwise.  If you have the opportunity to go on any exchange then take it with open arms as I'm sure you will have the time of your life like I have done. If I could I would do this all over again tomorrow.”

Applications for 2016's YFC Travel trips are due by 13th November. For further information about the trips on offer, go to www.nfyfc.org.uk/yfctravel. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015.


02 November 2015

Today (2nd November) marks the start of the first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” – a week celebrating one of the biggest rural youth organisations in the UK.

As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign, sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust, each weekday of ‘National Young Farmers’ Week’ will consist of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme in National Young Farmers’ Week focuses on a subject which is at the heart of YFC and has been since the first club was founded almost a century ago – Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI).

Interacting with government bodies and industry leaders, such as the NFU, the NFYFC aims to be the voice of the UK’s rural youth and the next generation of farmers. The Federation was established for the purpose of advancing the education of its members and their knowledge of agriculture, rural issues and country life. It also aims to promote agriculture as an attractive and viable career choice.

By being a Young Farmer, Gemma Parkinson of Corringham YFC, Lincolnshire, has gained life skills and vocational training which have helped her secure a career in agriculture.

Gemma said: “I have held several positions at club and county level including club treasurer, social secretary, programme secretary, county safeguarding officer, county deputy treasurer and youth forum co-ordinator, as well as sitting on the management committee.

“I’m not from a farming background but, after a lot of hard work, I have just secured a job as a farm secretary on a large farm in Lincolnshire and next year I will be studying a part time degree around my job. Eventually, I would like to become a bovine nutritionist. I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity and I honestly don't think it would have been possible without the skills and experiences I have gained from being a Young Farmer.”

For further information about the NFYFC’s role within agriculture and rural issues, please visit: www.nfyfc.org.uk/agri. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015.


01 November 2015

36 Young Farmers have raised over £6,000 for charity, thanks to their efforts in this year's Great Birmingham Run.

As part of this year's Chairman's challenge, supported by Young Farmers Clothing, the team of "Hannah's Dashers" completed the well-renowned half marathon, raising money for numerous vital causes, including FCN, RABI and MacMillan Cancer Support.

It was a hugely successful event for Young Farmers, with everyone crossing the finish line unscathed. 

National Chairman, Hannah Talbot, set the challenge at the start of the year, to showcase the generous nature of Young Farmers when it comes to raising funds for vital causes. She said: "I was overwhelmed by the endurance of each and every one of our runners. It was a tough course and I know that preparations weren't easy for many of them given how busy they are with their clubs and counties. Everyone raised money for charities close to their heart and the whole team effort was a small snap shot into the many and varied ways that YFC supports local communities every week of the year."

Click here to see the best photos from the day. 


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