National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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05 July 2018

The top sporting stars from YFCs all across the country showed off their prowess at the national Sports Day finals in Staffordshire.

On a day of high drama and even higher temperatures, Yorkshire A won the Dodgeball, Essex came out top in the Hockey and Bedfordshire was Ultimate Frisbee winners.

Helen Bamford of Woburn YFC said the Ultimate Frisbee win was the culmination of some great progress the county has been making in sport competitions.

“This is the first time that Bedfordshire has won sport silverware,” she said. “But we came third in the Frisbee two years ago when it was first run, we came second last year in the netball and have won the Frisbee this year. We’re a pretty sporty county so we’re all really chuffed.”

Helen’s team have been working hard on developing their Frisbee skills and benefited from competing in the Eastern Area competition two weeks beforehand.

”We were all really fresh from that, and we’d played at a recent meeting so we ready for it.”

Ultimate Frisbee is a game for five players on the pitch. A goal is scored when you throw the disc to a member of your team standing (or more likely running) in the last section at the end of the field - known as the endzone - your team is attacking. The competition was supported and judged by UK Ultimate, while British Dodgeball and England Hockey officials judged the other competitions.

NFYFC's Sports competitions are a popular part of its annual programme of competitions. The sporting activities are to encourage YFC members to develop skills in teamwork as well as be involved in exercise and improving personal performance.  All teams have competed at County and Area rounds before competing in the national final on 1 July 2018.

Essex FYFC won the Mixed hockey competition and Yorkshire FYFC won the Dodgeball. For all the results from the day please visit the results page.


03 July 2018

Young farmers proved their knowledge of key industry skills during The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ Competitions Day at the end of June.

YFC members’ skills were tested in a range of agricultural tasks including devising ideas for new farm machinery, fence erecting, welding, tractor and ATV handling – as well as key farm safety and first aid challenges.

The Farm Safety Foundation supported the Workshop Skills’ competition and Stephanie Berkeley from Yellow Wellies said it was reassuring to see the level of farm safety knowledge.

“We have finally been involved in Competitions Day, which is fantastic as it helps to reinforce the farm safety message to YFC members. It was reassuring to witness the level of knowledge that young farmers in the competition final had about managing risks on the farm and the winning Pembrokeshire team were exceptional.

“Competitions like this and the Farm Safety Curve module are helping us to address the fact that farming still has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK. The next generation are more aware and informed and we want them to bring these good behaviours into the industry and start to challenge older farmers.”

Pembrokeshire FYFC have won a farm safety-style competition at the national finals for the past eight years.

Rhys Bevan from Pembrokeshire FYFC said their success was due to the level of training they do in advance and that it’s an ideal competition for young farmers.

“The new scenarios really got you thinking on your feet. Questions around working at height and on ladders got you thinking about the risks and the kind of assessment you would do in advance. It’s probably the only competition where it could save someone’s life,” added Rhys.

The event, held at The Staffordshire County Showground on 30 June was for YFC members who had come top in their County and Area rounds to perform on a national stage.

More than 100 YFC members took part in the competitions, which also included a range of Public Speaking challenges, a Clay Pigeon Shooting contest and a YFC Live competition, where members showcased a skill they had learnt through the organisation.

NFYFC’s Competitions programme is designed for its 23,500 members to develop skills that will help them in their personal and professional lives.

Elizabeth Charles, from Leicestershire FYFC, won the Situations Vacant competition, which was sponsored by agricultural recruitment company JP Trett.

The competition is designed to help members with future job applications by asking them to submit CVs and application forms for a job they would be interested in. The national finalists faced an interview from JP Trett judge Pheobe Gale.

Pheobe, Operations Manager at JP Trett, said: “Elizabeth showed exceptional promise right from the outset. Her application letter was concise and it showed clearly what she was capable of and what she could offer the company through her university degree and work experience. Throughout the interview Elizabeth proved that she had done excellent research not only on the role that she was applying for but also the company and the industry.

“I was delighted to have been able to be able to name Elizabeth as the very worthy winner of the Situations Vacant competition and wish her the very best for what will inevitably be a successful future career.”

Elizabeth chose a job for the competition that she had already been interviewed   for in real life.

“I applied for a Veterinary Technical Admin Assistant and it was really great to have judges with real-life experience of interviewing people. Pheobe from JP Trett does this day in and day out and she gave us a good grilling. It was a really constructive day as I learnt a lot about how to present myself and how to interview well.“

NFYFC hosted its national Sports Day during the same weekend and YFC members from across England and Wales competed in Dodgeball, Hockey and Ultimate Frisbee. 

To see all of the results from the weekend, see the page online here.

The winners photos are available on Facebook


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