National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 October 2020

Changes to the YFC competitions programme are being made to ensure that every YFC member can still have the opportunity to get involved, even if there are Covid-19 restrictions in place.

The safety of members during the pandemic is paramount and certain competitions have been adapted or removed from the 2020-21 programme due to Covid-19 regulations.

A new YFC Talent competition has been launched to replace the Performing Arts competition. Unfortunately, Covid-19 restrictions are making it impractical to put on a full stage performance this year, so the Pantomime competition has been removed from the programme.

Instead, the YFC Talent competition will be direct entry from County Federations to NFYFC and teams can be between one and six people. The final will be held either virtually or face-to-face if restrictions allow. The rules and full Covid-Secure guidance on taking part in this competition will be sent to counties.

The Beef and Pigs, Live and Carcase Stockjudging competition, which was due to take place at the English Winter Fair, will now be hosted online in conjunction with the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society from 16-21 November. The competition is sponsored by Rutland Fencing and AHDB is offering prize money. More information on this competition can be found here.

UK Cheer has advised that as cheerleading is a contact sport, YFC should remove this from the competitions programme for this year.

Commercial Dance is being reviewed at the moment to offer advice to competing members about rehearsing and avoiding contact with others during dance routines.

NFYFC is following guidance and seeking regular updates from governing bodies about the Kwik cricket, football and netball competitions to ensure that members can safely compete.

NFYFC is also in regular contact with the Tug of War Association and will keep members informed about any changes to the situation with Tug of War practice in the new year.

All other competitions are continuing with Counties already starting County competing rounds. Public Speaking competitions are underway – with Counties restricting the number of people in a room at one time and ensuring teams leave the venue before the next team arrives.

Should restrictions tighten further, the competitions steering group are also suggesting ways that competitions can be held virtually. Counties are also being asked to film certain entries at their finals in case these need to be submitted for the national final to account for any restrictions that may be put in place at that time.

Competitions Steering Group Chairman Grace Millbank said: “The YFC community has already missed out on so many competition finals in 2020 so we are determined to make sure YFC members can do what they love doing best in this new membership year. It might all look slightly different due to Covid-19 restrictions but there will be competitions and we will be holding national finals so that YFC members can get the recognition they deserve.

“If the Challenge Finals Days proved anything during lockdown, it’s that YFC members are a creative and talented bunch who can make the best of a difficult situation. I can’t wait to see what YFC members have in store for us this year and we will do all we can to ensure your hard work is promoted.”

The updated Competitions Programme is available on the website here and NFYFC is consulting with County Federations to help explain any changes to the programme. 



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