National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 August 2017

He was once a DJ and wants to learn more about Fence Erecting... Meet NFYFC’s new Deputy Chief Officer Matt Caldicott who has a career in youth work and charities and was more recently with the charity The Farming Community Network (FCN).  Matt will be helping to ensure NFYFC builds on its solid foundations and delivers a service that meets the needs of today’s membership.  We grilled Matt on his YFC credentials...

Why did you want to be involved with Young Farmers’ Clubs?

I have been involved in youth work for the majority of my life, whether in a voluntary role or in full-time employment. I was a member of beavers, cubs and scouts – as well as a leader later in life. I have been involved in church youth groups and have always volunteered my time to work in the local community. I have helped to develop small local charities as well as worked in a national development role with The Farming Community Network (FCN).

My work with FCN brought me back in touch with Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) after knowing quite a few members when I was younger. I was first introduced to YFC many years ago in my DJ-ing days when I was booked to DJ at many Young Farmers’ events in Warwickshire! I had a few farming friends back then and hung around a lot of farms. It was a big part of my life when I was growing up.

The opportunity to work with NFYFC and help develop this fantastic organisation seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

The song that would get everyone on the dance floor?

KLF and the Jive Bunny mixes. They were all the rage back then...

Where do you live and who with?

In a village called Brandon in Warwickshire with my wife (Melanie) and three children Ben, Alfie and Millie.

Describe yourself in three words?

Self-taught. Practical. Motivated .

What do you enjoy about working with young people?

I had a poor educational start in life. I grew up being told I wouldn’t amount to anything. Thankfully, I had a great scout leader who believed in me and told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life. I went into youth work because I’d had such a good role model showing me I could amount to something and I wanted to help other people to feel they could amount to something as well. Taking young people through life-changing experiences is a real privilege.

What do you hope to bring to the Federation in your role as Deputy Chief Officer?

I had only ever been exposed to the social side of YFC, so when I discovered the breadth of work the Federation does, I was amazed. I have worked in youth work for 25 years and YFC really is the best kept secret as people do not realise the quality of the work you do. That’s what impressed me, it’s so diverse and it’s rooted in really good values, which translate well for me coming from a church and faith background. NFYFC stands on solid foundations and I see my role as ensuring they are sustainable for the future. It is a privilege and an honour to be part of an organisation with such history and I want to help shape it for the next generation. I take that quite seriously. It’s not just a job.

If you could create a new YFC competition, what would it be and why?

I’d love it if there was a tractor pulling competition. I am really into machinery and motorsport so this would appeal to me on many levels!

Is there a farming skill you wish you could learn and why?

Fence Erecting. I am quite a detailed person and I like straight lines! I’d quite like to judge the Fence Erecting competition. I think I’d be quite a harsh judge.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know

I can do fire breathing – a skill I learnt a few years ago at a circus skills class!




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