National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 July 2011

Lincolnshire YFC is being showcased by the Prince's Countryside Fund to mark its first anniversary and the launch of its second year of funding opportunities.

The brainchild of HRH the Prince of Wales, the Prince’s Countryside Fund is promoting the anniversary with the launch of National Countryside Week from 11-18 July to celebrate Britain's beautiful countryside and the people who take care of it.

Lincolnshire YFC and its successful funding bid for £43,000 to support its Rural Development Community Project will be among the organisations highlighted throughout the event.

Lincolnshire Young Farmers' Clubs have used the grant money to enhance the existing training opportunities it offers to help 50 young people gain the qualifications needed to enter the rural employment market and remain in the county.

County organiser Angela Bruntlett, who has also been invited to a garden party at Clarence House on 6 July as part of the celebrations, said: “Gaining this support from the fund is a great achievement for Lincolnshire YFC. Its 17 member-led voluntary youth clubs spread around the county involve more than 500 young people living and working in the countryside.

“The opportunities already available to these members aged 10-26 are endless, including club meetings, competitions, training courses, exchanges and overseas travel. This funding allows us to enhance some of the training opportunities already benefiting young people in Lincolnshire.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique collaboration of brands and businesses committed to caring for the people who take care of the countryside. So far these companies have contributed more than £1million and this money is supporting projects, large and small, that improve the sustainability of British farming and rural communities; reconnect consumers with countryside issues; and support farming crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding stream.  Lincolnshire Federation is one of 10 charitable projects the fund has supported during its first year.

The next round of funds will be announced during National Countryside Week at the Great Yorkshire Show, where £250,000 will be handed out to projects across the country.

There will also be a range of competitions and promotions with the fund's founding companies and the results of the organisation's photography competition to find the photo that best captures the beauty of the countryside.

You can read Angela Bruntlett’s tips on how to successfully apply for funding for your YFC in the current issue of Ten26, along with advice from other YFCs that have made successful grant applications recently.

There are also links to a host of funding streams, including the Prince's Countryside Fund, under Funding in the Resources for Clubs section of the NFYFC website.

08 July 2011

Gloucestershire YFC’s Emily Green has won the 20 group tickets to Alton Towers theme park on 1 October .

There is still time for you to join the fun and meet tons of other YFC members at a special event day organised by Alton Towers Resort, on Saturday 1 October.

The venue is offering fantastic discounted rates for YFC members and their families that day when adults and children can go for £22 per person and children under four go free – a saving of a whopping 42% off normal admission prices!

Event day tickets must be purchased before Friday 2 September 2011, and the closing date for the chance to win the free group ticket is Thursday 30 June.

Find out more about this YFC day out in the Things To Do  section of the website.

01 July 2011

Join NFYFC for the sports day competitions at St Nicholas Park, Warwick, on 9 July.

Hockey and football kick off at 10am, dodgeball at 11am and swimming starts at 12noon.

01 July 2011

Northumberland YFC's Matthew Sharp is celebrating after winning one of only ten places on the annual Guild of Agricultural Journalists training course for aspiring journalists in the agriculture and horticulture sector.

Sponsored by John Deere, the course gives the ten winning trainees from different backgrounds - agriculture, horticulture, PR or agri-media that have little practical experience of journalism - the opportunity to develop and expand their skills.

Run by a professional training consultant at the John Deere UK headquarters, the course is normally offered to graduates, and includes a variety of lectures from Guild members followed by a work placement in industry to provide real experience of the job.

Matthew said: "I am really pleased to have been given this opportunity. This just goes to show what NFYFC is all about. I heard about the course through the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee and thought I'd apply for it - not expecting to be accepted. There is no doubt the course will give me a broader range of skills which I can use for both our YFC county magazine, which I edit, but also for my future career aspirations."

As well as the chance to learn more about agri-journalism, the course also gives the trainee who writes the best report the chance to win a £250 prize as well as be awarded the perpetual John Deere trophy.


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