National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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12 June 2017

Do you love the slopes and are you great at communicating? You could be a YFC Sales Ski Rep and earn yourself a free skiing holiday for your efforts! But hurry as applications close on 28 June 2017!

NFYFC is searching for SEVEN YFC Sales Ski Reps - who must be current YFC members and over 18 - to help promote and sell tickets for the 2018 YFC Ski trip to Val D'Isere in France from 6-13 January 2018.

As a YFC Ski Sales Rep you'll need to promote the YFC trip to members within your YFC Area and local county federation as well as promoting the NFYFC's standards of behaviour and protect the reputation of YFC. 

You will also need to be the main contact for the event for members in your area, helping with any queries about the trip and communicating updates. In return for all your hard sales work though is the chance to earn yourself a free place on the 2018 Ski Trip!

Freddie Horwood from Somerset FYFC was a YFC Sales Rep for the South West Area last year and said it was a "fantastic way" to get involved with the YFC Ski trip.

"Getting to know new people from all over is a great part of the Rep job and it's not hard to persuade people - you are trying to sell a week's ski trip after all," said Freddie about his experience. Freddie had this top tip for others thinking of applying this year. "Find out as much information as you can from NUCO (NFYFC's travel partner) and make sure you know the highlights of what the week will offer to share with potential skiers!"

Free ski places will be allocated to area sales representatives at a ratio of one per 32 holidays sold ie: every 33rd place. This means you must sell 32 places to get your base holiday free of charge. A sliding scale incentive will be applied to those who have not achieved hittng the target of selling 32 holidays. You can read more details about it in the full job description that you can download at the bottom of this page.

The available positions are:
1 x East Midlands (Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire)
1 x Eastern        (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk)
1 x Northern       (County Durham, Cumbria, East Riding of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Yorkshire)
1 x South East        (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire)
1 x South West        (Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire)
1 x Wales           (Brecknock, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Clwyd, Glamorgan, Gwent, Meirionnydd, Montgomery, Radnorshire, Pembrokeshire)
1 x West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire)

For more information, contact Erica Attwood (NFYFC Travel & Event Administrator) or call  02476 857218 or visit the Recruitment page.

YFC Sales Rep Job Description

YFC Ski Sales Rep Application Form


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07 June 2017

YFC members are invited to enter the Malvern Autumn Show’s own Floral Art competition to compete for their Best in Show trophy – The Neville Parker Cup.

Cards are awarded by the Malvern Autumn Show for the best use of colour, best use of foliage, and reserve best in show.

There are 11 classes available to enter including Awesome Autumn, Burnished Bounty, A Christmas Decoration, Hibernation Hideaway and others. The competition will be judged under the NAFAS competition manual.

To find out more about the classes, entry fees and rules, please download the information booklet and to apply, please download and complete the application form.

Please note – this competition is not run by NFYFC and is not connected to the NFYFC Floral Art competition.




02 June 2017

Land art created by Worth Valley YFC in Yorkshire has been shortlisted in the 'Line the route' Tour de Yorkshire 2017 Land Art competition and the Club is calling on YFCs to help them win.

A team of 12 members from Worth Valley YFC created the land art called Branwell Bronte to mark 200 years since the birth of Branwell Bronte and the invention of the bicycle. The 80m long by 60m high installation sits on land near Haworth and shows Branwell sitting on a bicycle.

The Club worked on their land art with Haworth Primary School, who helped them to place the 3,000 plant pots that make up the design.

The land art was created to line the route of the Tour de Yorkshire and has now been shortlisted alongside others that were created for the event. The artwork was beamed around the world on television during the Tour de Yorkshire event.

Worth Valley YFC originally started doing land art in 2014 when they got involved in creating a piece for the Tour De France. After the publicity from that project they have been commissioned to create land art for other organisations around the region and have set up their own company called Fields of Vision.

Club Leader Andrew Wood said: “We have members from age 11 through to me as a Club Leader who get involved in the land art projects. It’s great because everyone can contribute and when you stand back and look at what you have done, you feel very proud.”

You can support Worth Valley in the competition final by voting online here.





02 June 2017

Two of NFYFC’s county federations have received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, recognising outstanding work in the community.

Shropshire FYFC and Staffordshire FYFC were both nominated for the award after impressing their nominees with the level of work they do in their local 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. 

Shropshire FYFC was nominated for the award by Christine Holmes, a recent former High Sherriff of Shropshire, after she visited the Young Farmers' Marquee at the Shropshire County Show and was impressed by the members and their achievements. 

Shropshire County Chairwoman Rebecca Green, from Brownclee YFC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. We are a volunteer organisation, run for young people by young people, which affords opportunities and champions rural life, enhancing the community for all.”

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

“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,” said Jeremy about his nomination.

Staffordshire members heard the news at the end of a week where they had been working hard at their County Show and will be able to celebrate at their County Show dance on Friday night. George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC’s County Chairman, said the award was a “wonderful way for our organisation to be recognised.”

He also added: “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 in the country.”

Representatives from Shropshire and Staffordshire attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May in honour of their achievements. Both counties will also receive a glass crystal dome and a certificate signed by the Queen.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Shropshire and Staffordshire FYFCs on receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This achievement from two strong counties not only showcases how fantastic YFC members are at supporting their local communities but also promotes to others the vital role Young Farmers’ Clubs play in helping rural areas around England and Wales. NFYFC is really proud of both Shropshire and Staffordshire for being recognised for this award. These counties are vital to 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 involved!"    

Shropshire FYFC have an official presentation of their award from Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Sir Algernon Heber-Percy at a ceremony later in the summer. Staffordshire plan to host an event later in the summer too.




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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01 June 2017

Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) has been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, recognising outstanding work in the community.

The award has been announced during National Volunteer's Week and is recogniton of the work of current and former members of the county.

Shropshire FYFC were nominated for the award by Christine Holmes, a recent former High Sherriff of Shropshire, after she visited the Young Farmers' Marquee at the Shropshire County Show and was impressed by the members and their achievements.

Shropshire's ongoing work to combat rural isolation through their YFCs, organising the YFC marquee at the Shropshire County Show. the rally, the Chairman's Ball and raisiing money for charity are just some of the outstanding achievements that led to their award. The County has also been very proactive in modernising their systems with online entries and scoring and distribute an online newsletter. Many ot its members have gone on to serve their local communities after finishing with YFC by becoming County Councillors.  

Shropshire County Chairwoman Rebecca Green, from Brownclee YFC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. We are a volunteer organisation, run for young people by young people, which affords opportunities and champions rural life, enhancing the community for all.”

There are more than 1,000 members in Shropshire who are spread among their 18 YFCs. Always keen to support their local community, members have also been involved in NFYFC's Countryside Challenge. Much Wenlock YFC in Shropshire took part in the Countryside Challenge by supporting their local community with a Muck Lug and Shropshire is also currently working on a county Countryside Challenge too.

 NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Shropshire FYFC on such an impressive achievement. Winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service not only showcases how fantastic Shropshire 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 Shropshire for being recognised for this award. They are an essential part of our network of County Federations and are a shining example to others about what can be achieved. Well done to all the YFC members in Shropshire!”   

Shropshire FYFC's President Judy Dixon also congratulated Shropshire on the award. “I would like to congratulate all members, who together have achieved the fantastic accolade in recognition of their achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment Clubs put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individual members,” said Judy.

Rebecca Green and immediate past County Chairman Ed Potter (both pictured) were invited to represent Shropshire FYFC members at a Royal Garden Party on 23 May at Buckingham Palace. Ed Potter, from Dorrington YFC, said: "It was a fantastic occasion and we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Prince Andrew the Duke of York by fellow Salopian William Mclean.”

Rebecca added: “This is an achievement for a massive network of support around the County federation, including past members, supporters and many local businesses, particularly our main sponsors Pickstock Telford Ltd, NFU Mutual (Shropshire Agencies), Alltech Eco2 and Shropshire Farm Vets."

The Award is to be officially presented to Shropshire FYFC by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Sir Algernon Heber-Percy at a ceremony later in the summer.

For more information about Shropshire FYFC, visit www.sfyfc.org.uk.


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