National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 September 2016

Today (23rd September) marks the final weekday of National Young Farmers’ Week.

As part of the NFYFC’s (National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs) 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 6,000 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 Matt Voakes of Tadcaster & Wetherby YFC, Yorkshire.

Matt said: “Before Young Farmers, I went out to see friends from school, but I wouldn’t see them that often because they weren't from agriculture. They didn't realise it would be late when I got to see them and a lot of my friends went off to university so they weren't back home that often.

 “YFC has transformed my social life massively because a lot of us are in the same jobs, we all know roughly when we will finish work and even if you’re tired, you always find time to meet up, or go to a YFC party if there's one on. If I'm not working, I'll be out with friends from YFC, whether it be a trip to a show or a bit of clay pigeon shooting on a Sunday afternoon. I've met so many people through YFC that I would have never have met without it.”

Next year’s NFYFC Annual Convention will take place at the Riviera International Conference Centre from 21st – 23rd April 2016. Tickets will be available to buy soon.


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