National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 March 2020

NFYFC has advised all of its Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) to cancel club meetings and events for at least the next 12 weeks following guidance from the Government issued on 16 March 2020.

The information will affect 598 YFCs across England and Wales and 46 County Federations. All club and county meetings, activities and events have been halted while the UK attempts to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

The decision also impacts NFYFC’s Competitions programme and its national activities, including the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was due to take place on 26 April 2020.

The AGM will be postponed to a date later in the year, which will be confirmed as soon as guidance on gatherings is updated by the Government.

The restrictions have also impacted the NFYFC Competitions programme. Many counties were already cancelling rallies and competition finals in light of the outbreak and NFYFC has now been forced to cancel or postpone a number of national competitions. See here for more details.

Other NFYFC events affected by the decision include the Business and Tenancy Training event in Berkshire with Savills this week and the Board of Management meeting in April. Both have been postponed and the Board will hold a video conference call instead.

The NFYFC’s Council meeting in June will be reviewed the week commencing 25 May and the decision will be based on the Government guidelines at the time.

NFYFC's YFC Travel programme has also been affected and all remaining homestay trips have been cancelled for 2020. Other YFC Travel trips are under review and will be dependent on travel restrictions at the time. 

NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said:

“It is with a heavy heart that NFYFC have had to advise all YFCs and counties to close for at least 12 weeks. We know how important club meetings are for those living in remote locations and we urge all our clubs to find ways online to remain in contact with each other.

“Now is the time for YFCs to show we are kind, considerate citizens by helping our local communities. We will have to sacrifice much of what we usually enjoy to protect not only ourselves but also millions of others.”

NFYFC has provided information about support groups for those who are struggling with the impact of isolation and concerns about the virus. For more detailed information about the announcements from NFYFC about the Coronavirus, please visit here. This website page will be regularly updated. 


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