National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 January 2019

Three YFC counties are celebrating after being awarded gold in recognition of their training achievements in 2017-2018. 

Devon, Shropshire and Leicestershire have all received a gold award certificate for offering a varied training programme to their members.

Every County has the opportunity to receive either a bronze, silver or gold award after completing a self-assessment form provided by NFYFC. The youthwork team then verifies the answers with each county before issuing the awards at the end of each membership year.

Gold achievers are counties that are delivering more than 10 courses a year with links to external trainers and accredited training opportunities, have a training budget and training toolkit, train club officers, and evaluate needs in their clubs. 

In Leicestershire, the county delivers roadshows to gather feedback from clubs about their strengths and weaknesses so a training programme can be planned 12 months in advance.

County Organiser Emma Lovegrove said: “We deliver a lot of Curve modules in Leicestershire and the members enjoy them and take a lot from them. They need to go away having gained some skills. It’s important they have these to put on their CV.”

In Shropshire the county team also responds to the needs of its members and offers a wide variety of courses depending on interests and skills needed.

Lucy Taylor, a member of Bridgnorth YFC, said:  “The training has been run ever so well. It’s well-advertised too – there is always something in the mail shots to chairmen and secretaries, and everything is on the website.”

Six counties also picked up a silver award with seven counties gaining a bronze award for their training efforts.

Silver awards

  • Cambridge and Peterborough 
  •  Essex
  •  Lancashire 
  •  Norfolk  
  •  Staffordshire 
  •  Worcestershire

Bronze awards

  • Bedfordshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Dorset
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Sussex 
  • Wiltshire

Cath Sykes, NFYFC’s Development and Training  Manager, said: “These awards are aimed at recognising the amazing achievements by YFC counties for the investment they put into developing their members’ skills.

“We’re delighted so many counties have already been awarded a bronze, silver or gold award in the first year of running this recognition scheme. We hope now that other counties will be inspired to improve the training they offer too.”

For more information about how to reach a gold, silver or bronze training award in your county, speak to your County Organiser or email Cath Sykes.

Read more about the Gold award winners in the latest issue of Ten26


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