National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

03 May 2011

Intrepid Young Farmers' Clubs members are gearing up to raise thousands of pounds for charities up and down the country as they make their way to the annual convention in Blackpool from 6-8 May.

Around 4,000 members of the rural youth organisation are expected to attend the event at the Winter Gardens, which will host the finals of a number of hotly contested competitions, the annual general meeting, trophy and award presentation ceremony and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Forum.

Many of the clubs attending from England and Wales use the journey to the event to raise some of the estimated £1million a year generated for charities by the young volunteers.

Yorkshire YFC is cycling coast to coast to the convention on a four man tandem towing a trailer of carrots as Yorkshire’s greatest export, and will pedal 148 miles from Scarborough to the Golden Mile raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust as they go.  Previously Yorkshire members have travelled to convention by tractor, bath, three-wheeler cars, a giant pedal powered crisp box; and last year they arrived at Torquay on a homemade recycled  six-man amphibious craft via inland waterways and the sea.

Not content with a normal Three Peaks Challenge, Cornwall YFC will add a fourth peak to their fundraising trip. Members will begin their journey by walking up Brown Willy (420m, the highest point in Cornwall) and then proceed to climb Snowdon (1,085m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Ben Nevis (1,344m) before arriving in Blackpool on Friday 6 May. Funds raised will go to Precious Lives Appeal and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Ten YFC members from Harper Adams Agricultural College will be cycling 100 miles in two days to raise cash for a host of charities.  The ride will take the group from the University College in Shropshire, to Blackpool via Chorley. They are raising money for the Anthony Nolan, Macmillan, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and Teenage Cancer Trust charities, and are currently trying to fit their cycle training around lambing work!

Lancashire YFC is cycling from Bridlington to Blackpool, 150 miles in two days and will be raising money for Lancashire County Federation this time round.

Lowdham YFC members are cycling 125 miles from Halam to the NYFC AGM Blackpool in aid of MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association). James Bust, Jack Tooley and Chris Frost are cycling with Becca Welton helping out as a support vehicle. The journey will start on Thursday 5 May and the club will travel over the Pennines, through Wigan and Preston to hopefully to arrive in Blackpool by Friday lunchtime. The group will be wearing hi-vis YFC tops, so cheer them on to show your support if you see them.

NFYFC events steering group chairwoman Hollie Harris said: The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs is delighted to be returning to Blackpool for this event which is the highlight of the YFC calendar.

“We have enjoyed working with the venue, businesses and authorities in Blackpool, which always makes us very welcome and works hard to ensure the event is a success. And we are really looking forward to seeing the results of the regeneration and refurbishment work in the town and at the venue that had just begun during our last visit in 2009.

“Fantastic entertainment has been lined up during the three days, and more will be on offer from the YFCs competing in the jazz dance and entertainments competitions, which features cabaret-style performances this year, and which is already a sell-out.

“A prestigious panel of speakers will be leading the discussion and debate at the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Forum, which this year focuses on promoting British agriculture.

“Along with the selection of the YFC Senior Ambassador of the Year for 2011 which recognises personal achievement and development within the organisation, the annual trophy presentations also reward the work of the young volunteers who run our clubs for raising the money they do each year for other charities, so we have loads to celebrate and Blackpool is a great place to do it.”

Follow this link to see which teams are through to the NFYFC competition finals and the federations taking home the silver at the trophy presentations this year.



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