National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

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


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