National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 June 2017

Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work its YFC members do in their rural communities.

The winners of the annual award are announced every year on the 2 June and volunteer groups from around the country are praised for providing a service in their local community. 

Staffordshire FYFC was nominated for the award by Jeremy Lowe, NFU Staffordshire Adviser, as he said he was always ‘inspired by the energy and enthusiasm’ of YFC members in Staffordshire.

“The hard work county organiser Julia Taylor puts in, alongside the rest of the team, is exemplary and it’s more than fitting that she and the young farmers have been recognised in this way, they are worthy recipients,” said Jeremy about his successful nomination. 

“NFU members and everyone involved in the agricultural industry appreciates that it’s been a tough few years, nevertheless, I am always inspired by the energy and enthusiasm shown by Staffordshire Young Farmers in the wide range of events and competitions the county team organises.  I am reassured that the skills and confidence these young farmers are developing will hold them in good stead for their future careers in the industry, as the next generation are vital for its success and we will continue to work closely with them in the months and years ahead.”

Staffordshire FYFC's 10 YFCs are all very active in their local rural communities and the County hosts a range of fun activities, such as their very own Come Dine With Me competition,  to engage rural young people.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Staffordshire FYFC on receiving this award. Winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service not only showcases how fantastic Staffordshire members are in supporting their local communities but also promotes to others how much Young Farmers’ Clubs do to help the rural areas where they are based. NFYFC is really proud of Staffordshire for being recognised for this award. The County is a vital part of our network of county federations and this award shows how much they are valued by the wider community too. Well done to all YFC members and staff in Staffordshire!"    

George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC’s County Chairman, and Richard Mottershead attended a special garden party at Buckingham Palace in May on behalf of Staffordshire FYFC. George said:

“We are absolutely delighted to win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.  It is wonderful way for our organisation to be recognised and to thank all our members who volunteer in their clubs on a weekly basis to give young people aged 10 – 26 years a great social life, endless opportunities and equip them with skills which will serve them so well for the rest of their lives.

“It is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the wider network of volunteer supporters, past members, advisory committees who commit so much time and energy into ensuring that our clubs continue to grow and we remain one of the strongest YFC federations inthe country.”

Staffordshire FYFC plan to organise a celebration later in the year to mark the occasion where the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire will present a domed glass crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.

After a busy week at the County Show, Staffordshire members will have even more of a reason to party at their end of County Show dance on Friday evening.

Shropshire FYFC also won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and you can read about them here.

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