National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

19 December 2019

The challenges of running their own business are multiplied at Christmas when Elwick YFC members Katie and Emma Sanderson have orders to complete ahead of the big day. Katie reveals more about their rural enterprise.

Name of business:

EK Handicrafts (ran by sisters Emma and Katie Sanderson)

When did you start the business?

We started in February 2017 after being inspired by making exhibition entries for YFC rally competitions.

Is it a full time business?

It’s part time. Emma works between jobs of dog grooming, waitressing and helping on the family farm, whilst I am a full time primary school teacher.

What do you sell?

Handmade sewn handicrafts for the home. These include cushions, oven gloves, tea towels, pot grabs, aprons, peg bags, tote bags, memo boards, draught excluders, door stops, Aga covers and we have also started making lampshades.

How do you market your products?

We mainly use Facebook as a way of promoting our business and products. We attend shows and craft events to get our name out there and sell our products.

Is Christmas a busy time of year for your business?

Yes, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for us. We attend so many events over the festive season selling our products and constantly playing catch up with orders. It's so rewarding to see our business being successful and the public wanting our products for presents.

What are your top selling products?

Lampshades have been crazy since we started them. Katie had to make 13 in one night for orders! We also sell a lot of aprons, cushions and oven gloves.

Where can people purchase your products?

We have a Facebook page that has all of our products on and people can contact us through there.

We also publicise the events we will be attending so that people can come along and see us.

Has your YFC helped your business?

YFC has helped us in a major way, as without it we probably wouldn't have decided to set the business up. Our club and county have held Christmas events and coffee mornings where we have also had a stand to sell our products. 

19 December 2019

We’re getting the Christmas festivities off to a jolly start with this fantastic competition from Muck Boots!

NFYFC has two pairs (a men’s and a women’s pair) of Muck Boots to give away to two lucky YFC members! 

Winners can choose a pair of boots from the full range of quality Muck Boots up to the value of £120.

The Muck Boots story began in 1999 as they set out to create a boot with the sole purpose of enabling those who live, work and play in the most challenging conditions to perform at their highest level, undeterred by the elements.

Muck Boots make premium products born from necessity, not luxury. Every boot in the line keeps you in your comfort zone with 100% waterproof quality. Waterproof, weatherproof, whatever-proof. Muck Boots put proof in every pair!

If you’re in need of a pair of quality, comfy boots, then put your best foot forward and enter NFYFC’s Christmas competition to be in with a chance to win!


On the competition posts on Facebook and Instagram, just leave a comment on the post stating where you will wear your Muck Boots if you were to win a pair! You'll need to respond by 11.59pm on 27 December 2019.  


  1. You must be a registered YFC member on the NFYFC database to win a pair of Muck Boots through this competition.
  2. There is one pair of women’s boots to win and one pair of men's boots, up to the value of £120. The winners can choose the style they prefer.
  3. There is no cash alternative.
  4. Closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 27 December 2019.
  5. Only one entry per person.
  6. Entrants must leave a comment on the Facebook or Instagram promotional post about where they would wear their Muck Boots.
  7. The best comments will be chosen to be the winners.
  8. The winners will be informed by a reply to their comment plus a Facebook message within 28 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen.
  9. The winners’ names will be available on request and published on NFYFC’s social media channels, the website and in any shared media with Muck Boots.
  10. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  11. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

19 December 2019

NFYFC’s 88th Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 26 April 2020 in Warwickshire and is open to all YFC members to attend.

The meeting will take place at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park from 10.30am.

Clubs and County Federations wishing to submit a motion for the agenda must send to the Chief Officer James Eckley by Thursday 13 February 2020.

The second draft agenda will then be published on Thursday 20 February to give clubs and County Federations chance to put forward any amendments to the motions. All amendments must be received by Thursday 19 March.

The final agenda is then circulated to clubs and County Federations by Friday 27 March 2020.

The AGM was held in Stoneleigh Park last year with a packed room of members involved in discussions and reviewing the previous year.

All clubs receive two voting cards for the meeting but there is no limit on how many YFC members attend.

NFYFC Chairman Katie Hall said: “We are really looking forward to the AGM as it’s a chance for us to review the year and gives clubs the opportunity to put forward motions that they are passionate about. We look forward to seeing as many YFC members as possible in Stoneleigh.”

Nominations for a new Chairman and Vice Chairmen of Council need to be submitted by 6 January 2020 with elections taking place at the February Council meeting. More information and nomination forms are here.

19 December 2019

Ideas and best practice are packed into the winter issue of the Ten26 magazine that will be delivered to YFC members very soon.

The magazine includes updates from clubs about their involvement in the Protect Your Future campaign and success stories from National Young Farmers’ Week.

There is also news from YFCs and feedback from members who have attended different YFC training courses. You can also find out how well your club is doing with a review of YFC on Track – the new guidance on how to run a successful club.

The production of this issue has also been supported by adverts from Honda, Tama, Kuhn, Massey Ferguson, CAAV and the Young Farmers’ Festival.

Lucy Stowell, Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman, said:

“We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Ten26 – and spotting any YFC members you know. Most importantly it’s about sharing ideas and advice with each other so if you get five minutes this Christmas, sit back and enjoy a good read.

“The magazine is delivered in a biodegradable wrapping too as part of the environmental changes we made in 2019 as part of Protect Your Future.

“This will also be the last issue of Ten26 for the foreseeable future as NFYFC will be moving communications to more digital formats in the new year.”

To send news about your YFC to NFYFC to use in its digital communications, please email

Cover photo is reproduced with kind permission of Gloucestershire Live/Simon Pizzey.

19 December 2019

NFYFC members can take advantage of a 50% discount on training for a Blue Seal qualification thanks to British Wool.

This will be the third year that British Wool has offered this amazing opportunity and the qualification is a must for YFC members wanting to take part in NFYFC’s Sheep Shearing competition.

NFYFC members are being offered a two-day course for £96, which is a discount of over 50% on the standard course fee.

To be eligible to take advantage of this offer you must be a current member of a Young Farmers' Club affiliated to NFYFC within England and Wales, and not have attended a course previously.

Richard Schofield, British Wool’s Shearing Manager, said: “It takes quite a few years to improve ability, but if you start the right way it makes life much easier. It’s a lot harder to unravel bad habits.”

The training course includes:

  • An introduction to shearing
  • Health and safety and the use of shearing equipment
  • Demonstrations and hands-on practice.
  • One-to-one support by an instructor.

A range of dedicated NFYFC courses will be offered but if these are too far away an alternative will be offered.

British Wool is also offering wool handling courses to YFC members for £50 plus VAT for one day’s training from a top competitive wool handler.  

Contact Alison Gould or Richard Schofield using the information below for further details. 

YFCs can also find out more about the wool processing chain and hear tips from wool experts through dedicated tours with British Wool in 2019. To book places for your club contact British Wool directly. 

To reserve your Blue Seal training place:

The closing date for applications is 30 March 2020. Please contact Alison Gould on 01647 24804 or or Richard Schofield on 07966 291618. You’ll need to give your name, address, date of birth and YFC membership card number. 

19 December 2019

Forty YFC members will experience life in different parts of the world after successful applications through YFC Travel, supported by The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

The choice of trips was as varied as volunteering in rural communities in Peru to working in New Zealand on a sheep, beef and dairy farm.

All applicants for YFC Travel destinations attended NFYFC’s Selection Day in November and were interviewed about their YFC experience and the country they wanted to visit. With more than 50 applications for places, it was a tough decision for the judges on the day.

Three members also earned a Young Farmers Ambassadors (YFA) scholarship. Bethan Anthony from Herefordshire who is travelling to Canada 4H, Elizabeth King from Pembrokeshire who is travelling to Australia and Polly Baines from Staffordshire who is travelling to Scotland all received £100 from the YFA towards their trip.

Polly, who will travel to Scotland in June 2020, said: “I’m chuffed to have been awarded a trip – never mind the scholarship! I was not expecting it, so I’m really happy to have been awarded it.

“I’ll be putting the money towards travel for the trip and I’m looking forward to seeing what Scotland has to offer and meeting like-minded people too.”

The YFA was set up more than 60 years ago by English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish YFC members who had travelled on international exchanges. There are around 500 members in England and Wales and every year there is a YFA reunion hosted in one of the four countries.

Membership of the YFA is £10 per annum and is open to anyone who has travelled with YFC and had an NFYFC or Wales YFC interview.  The subscription fee allows the YFA to support travel programmes in England and Wales and £3,600 was presented to NFYFC at the last Annual General Meeting for this purpose.

Bethan’s trip to Canada will be very different to the group volunteering experience she went on to Nepal in 2018.

“I had never been to Canada and I wanted to try a homestay this time so I could have more of an authentic experience of the country,” explained Bethan (pictured) who is a primary school teacher so also needed to choose a trip that would fall in the school holidays. “This trip is also for a longer period and I will host my exchangee too. I have hosted a Canadian exchangee before who I’m still connected to on Facebook. They were excited to see I would be coming over to Canada in 2020!”

As a YFA scholar Bethan will also receive £100 towards her trip. She said: “I was really proud to be given a YFA scholarship, which they said was because I was confident and keen about going away. I might use the money towards flights or to pay for me to take part in the YFA reunion. I didn’t realise the YFA existed and it will be great to meet up with other YFC travellers.”

James Greenfield from Cornwall was awarded the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Scholarship, by panel judge Roger Campion, for his trip with Canada 4H. The scholarship will cover the cost of James’ travel insurance with a policy from NFU Mutual.

The C Alma Baker Trust also awarded scholarships to three YFC members to work in New Zealand on a 3,200 ha beef, sheep and dairy farm for three months each, as well as having an extra month to explore the country. 

Charlotte Heaps from Leicestershire, Thomas Huntley from Glamorgan and Sian Downes from Ceredigion were all given places on the trip and the scholarship will cover flights and insurance costs. As a working holiday, you will be paid as a member of the workforce whilst in New Zealand. 

Volunteering trips

The YFC Travel volunteering trips have proven popular in recent years and two destinations were available for YFC members to choose from this year – Peru and Vietnam.

Volunteers will be supporting projects in local rural communities in Peru or Vietnam, such as creating vegetable gardens or helping in local schools.

There are still four spaces available on each of these trips, which are organised with Projects Abroad for August 2020. Application forms are on the website and should be submitted to NFYFC by 10 January. (Please note, it is advised that if sending your application on email – please do so after 2 January due to a system upgrade at NFYFC over the Christmas period).  


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