National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 July 2018

More than 1,600 young farmers across England and Wales are more aware of farm safety thanks to a training course that has been delivered by Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) – and the national Federation is aiming for even higher numbers in the new membership year.

The Farm Safety Curve module is the most popular NFYFC course being delivered during the 2017-18 membership year and evaluation forms have revealed that 97% of those members who have taken the course, say it has improved their awareness of farm safety.

Following last year’s Farm Safety Week campaign, more than 100 YFCs pledged to deliver the training in their clubs. During this year’s Farm Safety Week (16-20 July), NFYFC is urging more of its 619 clubs to pledge their commitment to delivering NFYFC's Farm Safety Curve training module and to put it on their 2018-19 club programmes.

The one-and-a-half-hour course, developed with The Farm Safety Foundation, is aimed at preventing farm accidents and challenging behaviours. Delivered in clubs by NFYFC trainers, the course includes first aid and first response implications of farming accidents, guidance on how to assess a farming task and identify risks as well as teaching the skills required to make a farm task safe.

YFC members, clubs and counties have been asked to show their support for Farm Safety Week by sharing NFYFC’s ‘pledges’ to deliver the training on social media, on their websites and in newsletters.

NFYFC Chairman of Council Lynsey Martin said: “More than 100 Young Farmers’ Clubs have delivered the farm safety course this membership year which is great but we can do better than that! Young farmers have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about farm safety, to change attitudes and raise awareness of the dangers.”

Stephanie Berkeley from Yellow Wellies said: “It’s fantastic that NFYFC is leading the way and getting that message out there to the next generation. We want these young farmers to bring the good behaviours into the industry, start to challenge older farmers and help to address the fact that farming has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK.”

YFCs and members can also support the week by sharing materials from the NFYFC social media pages, from Yellow Wellies social media pages and using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek. The Farm Safety Foundation’s strapline for the week is Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK & Ireland but all the main farming organisations are working together for this week to address this.

The latest annual figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that out of 144 people killed or fatally injured in workplace accidents last year, 29 worked in agriculture.

For more information about the Curve training module and to find out about NFYFC’s support visit our Farm Safety Week page.

09 July 2018

Two-days celebrating music and food are in store for one lucky YFC member who has just won tickets to Jimmy’s Festival on 21-22 July in a NFYFC Facebook competition.

Jojo Chomse, from Whitley Chapel YFC, will be joining more than 20,000 people over the weekend where acts including Paul Young, the Happy Mondays and The Bluetones will be playing.

NFYFC had four festival tickets (worth nearly £300) to giveaway and offered them up on Facebook. To enter, YFC members were asked to leave their club name in the comments and Jojo was picked at random from more than 100 entrants.

“I’m pretty surprised and very pleased to win the tickets. I’ll take three fellow YFC members with me, not sure who, it’ll all depend who’s got the least work on,” said Jojo when she heard she had won the tickets.

The closest Jojo has ever come to being at a festival is going to the Young People’s Village at the Royal Welsh Show, which she said she loved. But she is delighted to have the chance to enjoy a weekend on Jimmy Doherty’s farm.

“I’ve watched quite a few programmes with Jimmy and I especially like Jamie and Jimmy together as a duo,” said Jojo who has been a YFC member for nine years and is currently the Northern Area Secretary. “Jimmy always comes across as a down to earth guy with a proper passion for food and educating people about food and its source.”

All YFC members can get a discount on tickets to Jimmy’s Festival here.

06 July 2018

NFYFC has FIVE free places available for YFC members to be part of a Rural Youth Ideas Festival in Scotland from the 1-3 August.

The Ideas Festival will bring together rural youth from Scotland, the UK and across the world for a series of talks and workshops to share knowledge and promote leadership.

With glamping, live music, local food and outdoor activities, the festival will be held on Hilton of Aldie Farm near Kinross for over 100 participants who have been invited for their potential to lead and make change in their rural communities.

With a line-up of thought-provoking speakers, leadership and skills workshops, live music and outdoor fun to encourage conversation and team spirit, the aim the Rural Youth Ideas Festival is to give young people the confidence, skills and a network of contacts to support them with their endeavours, and to ensure that they are not left isolated following the event.

The Rural Youth Ideas Festival, themed Be the Change YOU Want to See, marks the completion of the first Rural Youth Project survey. This online initiative was launched in February 2018 to discover what is important to young people, aged 18-28, living and working in rural areas, and what measures need to be taken to sustain young people in the rural economy.

The results of the survey will be announced at the Ideas Festival. The outcomes of the workshops and discussion groups at the festival will be combined with the analysed results of the survey to produce an action plan to be presented to the Scottish Government and industry organisations in the Autumn by Jane Craigie Marketing.

Speakers include:

  • Matt Naylor of the successful Lincolnshire enterprise Naylor Flowersand Farmers Weekly columnist.
  • Heather Wildman of consultancy Saviour Associates talking about rural businesses and overcoming challenges.
  • American Paralympian and farmer’s daughter, Kendra Lancaster will be sharing her story
  • Ellie Strohm talking about her experience with disadvantaged young people and how youths themselves might be able to bridge the divide between rural and urban communities.
  • RYP partners will be at the event to support and facilitate the delegates’ big ideas.

If you would like to take part in this event, contact for more information and to secure one of the five places available.

Please view the information leaflet about the Rural Youth Ideas Festival here.

06 July 2018

Are you passionate about the countryside, shooting and conservation? Do you enjoy writing, taking photos and making videos? Then BASC Young Shots Journalists is a project you want to get involved in!

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is looking for young, talented individuals to take part in a competition to win the opportunity to write for their Young Shots webpage and Shooting and Conservation magazine.

The competition will run all summer until Tuesday 11 September. BASC is looking for six talented young writers to promote shooting and conservation to their generation, after all who is ever going to do this better than young people already living in, working and enjoying the countryside?

To enter, all you need to do is write up to 500 words about a subject you are most passionate about and to do with shooting or conservation.

Don’t forget to include drawings, photos and videos (optional). When you are ready, send your work to with the subject line ‘BASC Young Shots Journalists’ and your name, address and phone number.

The six lucky winners will receive hampers sponsored by Countryside Greetings, BASC Young Shots Journalist badge and certificate, vouchers for coaching lessons at shows and free entry to BASC Young Shots events throughout 2019!

Interested? Think you can meet the requirements? Start researching your topic now and get writing. Want to know more? Go to the BASC website or email your questions to

If you would like to know more about the Young Shots Journalists project, contact Marta Jacyna or Hannah Davies


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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