National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 July 2020

Virtual bake offs, games nights and a summer programme of YFC activity have kept members of Enderby YFC in Leicestershire connected during an extended lockdown but plans are now underway to meet again. In the first of our profiles on clubs meeting again after lockdown Club Chairman Gemma Mooney (pictured) shares Enderby’s experience over the last few months.

News that clubs in England can re-open in a Covid-secure way from September was welcomed across the Federation after months of only being able to connect with each other online. It is hoped that clubs in Wales will be able to plan their re-opening soon too. The challenge is now on for club committees to secure venue spaces and plan YFC activities that keep everyone safe.

Enderby YFC in Leicestershire has been meeting virtually throughout lockdown and has even started a summer programme for the first time to help its members stay connected throughout the restrictions. They are hoping to physically meet again from September. 

“With the success and enjoyment of our #YFCAtHome Zoom meetings each week we wanted to ensure we continued to prevent our members feeling more isolated especially as Leicester entered a local lockdown; we became a lifeline,” explains Club Chairman Gemma Mooney.  “It was our Juniors that led the request that we made the summer meetings fun. Hence the first ever summer programme. As the only club in Leicestershire to continue meeting virtually each week during the Covid-19 restrictions, our members have embraced the summer meetings with great enthusiasm. We worked with our members to accommodate their requests for meeting ideas and members’ families also got involved.”

The club is currently researching venue spaces that can accommodate the club while the Covid restrictions are in place.

“Being a small club of 15, mainly made up of junior members, our biggest challenge will be maintaining social distance with the excitement of physically meeting one another again as we haven't met face to face since early March,” added Gemma.  “The new year will be challenging and very different to the norm, however, we will embrace the restrictions and adjust to make the year enjoyable and eventful. We are trying to plan our meetings so that they can be held virtually or in-person to minimise disruption to our programme, such as guest speakers, games nights etc.”

For more advice and support on re-opening your YFC, see here.  

Enderby YFC’s lockdown highlights

1. We went international as our Chairwoman Gemma relocated home to be with her family during lockdown, our meetings were chaired from Ireland!

2. Covid didn't stop us preparing for Leicestershire's Virtual Rally; our tiny club (the smallest in Leicestershire) competed against the larger clubs to get placed 2nd overall! This is a superb achievement and a credit to the members and their families, boosting our drive to make 2019/2020 a successful year!

3. Tuesday evenings went virtual and were filled with chit-chat, enthusiasm and laughter as we all participated in activities such as Go-Fetch, Quizzes, Bingo, Games Nights, learning about each other's hobbies and we even managed a virtual Curve with our neighbouring club!

4. The highlights of our Summer Programme include growing our membership and a meeting from our members’ kitchens as we participated in the Enderby YFC Bake Night with each member rewarded with their own delicious treat!

5. Check out our Facebook page to see what else we got up to! 



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