National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 June 2017

The Worshipful Company of Young Farmers is offering £500 and an industry ‘buddy’ to five YFC members to help them enhance their career or business prospects.

There are five training awards on offer and the lucky recipients can use the £500 towards land-based training opportunities and the spend time with a ‘Livery Buddy’ – a member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers with industry expertise in your area of interest.

This is the third year that the Worshipful Company of Farmers has offered its Jubilee Award and previous recipients have been full of praise.

One previous Jubilee Award recipient said: “I couldn’t believe how simple the process was from applying to receiving the funding and even having an industry ‘buddy’ to point me in some new directions I hadn’t even thought of!  I’d recommend applying for this award to anyone who needs a bit of support in their land-based career.”

The five awards available are:-

  • One for YFC members aged 17 and under. The award for a YFC member aged 17 and under is £500 to be used for training (no Livery Buddy)
  • Two for YFC members aged 18 to 21. The award for two YFC members aged 18 to 21 is £500 to be used for training and the Worshipful Company of Farmers will match the award winners with a Livery Buddy.
  • Two for YFC members aged 22 and over including Associate YFC members up to the age of 30. The award for two YFC members aged 22 and over including Associate YFC members up to the age of 30 is £500 to be used for training and the Worshipful Company of Farmers will match the award winners with a Livery Buddy.  The award winners in this category will be invited to, and expected to attend, a luncheon hosted by the Worship Company of Farmers in June 2018 (to be held in London).

The training awards of £500 each can be used towards accessing any land-based training opportunities which will support your career.

To be in with a chance of winning a £500 training award all you need to do is download an application form and submit it to NFYFC no later than Friday 30 June 2017. Find out more information and download an application form here.



13 June 2017

Cheadle YFC in Staffordshire is hoping to open its doors again to new members in the area who want to be part of the Federation.

The Club closed about four years ago due to a lack of members but local interest has motivated people to relaunch the club.

Cheadle YFC is having a new members’ night on Wednesday 28 June at the railway Inn in Froghall at 8pm and anyone interested in joining the Club, who is aged between 10 and 26, is invited.

“You do not have to be a farmer to join, or even live on a farm,” said Staffordshire FYFC County Organiser Julia Taylor. “Many of the activities and competitions on offer ensure that members have an active social life. Any local young people, who would like to come along for an evening of YFC fun and to find out more about what Cheadle YFC could offer them, are all invited.”

For information on Cheadle YFC or Staffordshire YFC, contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser, on 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for further information. Visit www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for information about Staffordshire FYFC and its local clubs.






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.




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