National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

09 October 2017

YFC members are improving their workplace skills by gaining a training qualification through NFYFC. 

The Federation’s Train the Trainer course, which was recently held for members in the south west at Devon FYFC’s Rural Hub at the end of September and will be hosted in Yorkshire from 28-29 October, is proving to be a hit for CVs – especially for those interested in training and developing others in their role.

The course is certified by The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) and all those who complete the course receive an internationally recognised qualification - Introductory Certificate to Training Delivery.

The course in Devon even involved some competitive fun on space hoppers!

Alice Giles, from Devon FYFC, is in her final year of membership and attended the recent course at the Rural Hub. Alice explains more about her experience of attending the course:

  1. Why did you decide to go on the Train the Trainer course?
    Across our county we’d like to increase the number of Curve modules delivered to clubs, especially farm safety as we have started a new campaign in Devon called Growing Safer Farmers. In a year’s time I’ll be out of membership age, so hopefully I will be in an ideal position to deliver courses to clubs and give something back to YFC.
      
  2. What did you think of the course, and what did you learn?
    The course was really easy going and at a great pace. I learnt without really realising! One thing I learnt was how to ‘read the room’ when delivering, so knowing when people are getting bored or having an info overload. We were also shown how to use some great ice breakers to wake people up again, but also link them to the course so you’re still teaching even when everyone feels like they’re doing a game. 

  3. How will you use your qualification now both within YFC and more widely?
    I’ll hopefully be delivering my first Curve module within the next month to clubs. Also, I hope to put together a new style of training for treasurers, as I feel clubs could really benefit from this at the moment. More widely, this is a really great certification to have on my CV, I’ve already told my employers about it and they are excited to see how it could be used at work.
     
  4. Would you recommend others go on the course and if so why?
    I definitely would, especially if you feel there’s something missing in your county or an area that could be improved on. It gives you the skills to better understand how you can improve this, and a great starting point to build your own training course. 

The next Train the Trainer course is being run in Yorkshire on 28-29 October. See here for more details. More courses will be advertised soon. 



06 October 2017



National Young Farmers’ Week reached more than 1.2m people on social media and early indications are that membership numbers are higher than this time last year!

YFC Selfies, positive videos and messages flooded social media during the 18-24 September as the country got behind its Young Farmers. 

An article in the Sunday Telegraph by NFYFC President Charlotte Smith kicked the week off and told the world what Young Farmers’ Clubs are all about.

Industry titles Farmers Guardian and Farmers Weekly promoted YFCs in print and online and local papers and radio stations supported your events and activities across England and Wales.

The Federation was also supported by well-known faces Adam Henson and Jimmy Doherty, as well as industry stalwarts NFU President Meurig Raymond and Farming Minister George Eustice – both former YFC members.

There were also messages of support from NFYFC’s sponsors and partners throughout the week.

But it was NFYFC’s clubs and counties that worked the hardest to promote the Federation and came up with innovative ways to advertise their new members’ nights, including:

  • A ‘give it some welly’ promotional campaign in Leicestershire 
  • Abingdon YFC took to social media and told their story throughout the week and were interviewed on local radio
  • A bale art sculpture competition was organised in Cornwall 
  • A Scarecrow competition in Bedfordshire helped to promote YFCs
  • Lincolnshire FYFC placed signs in the shape of pigs around the County to advertise their new members’ nights 
  • Louth YFC created a 'cowpig' to promote their events.

NFYFC and HOPS received 54 entries to our YFC Selfie competition but Whitchurch YFC in Shropshire was the overall winner. 

Judges Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith chose Whitchurch YFC as the club they would most like to join after looking at all the YFC Selfies.

“The picture sums up everything about the spirit of young farmers. A group of people who work hard but through NFYFC make great friends, support each other and have a laugh,” said Chris.  “Whatever they are up to when this was taken looks fun, everyone’s smiling and it makes me want to don a cow onesie and get involved. Nice one guys!” 

Chairman Harry Morgan and Club Secretary Jayne Bennett were thrilled to hear that Chris and Charlotte wanted to join their club and offered them an open invitation to join as long as they love dressing up and are willing to try their hand at ploughing at their annual match. 

“It is such a buzz to win a tough competition and an awesome job by the Whitchurch YFC team,” said Harry. “Members bought along their achievements from the year and props including the amazing cow onesies! We can’t wait to use our shiny new camera to capture all of the fun moments of our YFC calendar. Thank you so much HOPS!”

Whitchurch won a new digital camera with video functionality so they can record even more great memories, thanks to HOPS Recruitment. HOPS Director John Hardman said: “Congratulations from all at HOPS to Whitchurch YFC on winning the YFC Selfie competition. We love the cow onesies!”

NFYFC President Charlotte said despite a difficult choice, the winner shone out. “This pic just makes me smile, it just looks fun. Which is NFYFC all over: friends, fun, learning, supporting and some dodgy fashion choices!"

Read more about Whitchurch YFC here.

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06 October 2017

Whitchurch YFC is the winner of NFYFC’s YFC Selfie competition 2017 – beating off 53 other entries to the prize of a digital camera, courtesy of HOPS Recruitment.

Judges Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith were tasked with choosing the YFC they would most like to join after looking at all the YFC Selfies and Whitchurch YFC was their favourite.

“The picture sums up everything about the spirit of young farmers. A group of people who work hard but through NFYFC make great friends, support each other and have a laugh,” said Chris.  “Whatever they are up to when this was taken looks fun, everyone’s smiling and it makes me want to don a cow onesie and get involved. Nice one guys!” 

The Shropshire Club was formed in 1961 and has more than 100 members who meet at Whitchurch Rugby Club every Wednesday. 

Chairman Harry Morgan and Club Secretary Jayne Bennett were thrilled to hear that Chris and Charlotte wanted to join their club and offered them an open invitation to join as long as they love dressing up and are willing to try their hand at ploughing at their annual match.

“It is such a buzz to win a tough competition and an awesome job by the Whitchurch YFC team,” said Harry. “Members brought along their achievements from the year and props including the amazing cow onesies! We can’t wait to use our shiny new camera to capture all of the fun moments of our YFC calendar. Thank you so much HOPS!”

Whitchurch YFC won a new digital camera with video functionality so they can record even more great memories, thanks to HOPS Recruitment. HOPS Director John Hardman said: “Congratulations from all at HOPS to Whitchurch YFC on winning the YFC Selfie competition. We love the cow onesies!”


NFYFC President Charlotte said despite a difficult choice, the winner shone out. “This pic just makes me smile, it just looks fun. Which is NFYFC all over: friends, fun, learning, supporting and some dodgy fashion choices!”

Whitchurch YFC said they would love Chris Stark and Charlotte Smith to join their club but the invitation comes with a few conditions: 

  1. They must love dressing up. “We love fancy dress! As you can see from our selfie and we organise a fancy dress Christmas bash every year and enter the drama competition, which we can’t wait for this year because its panto,” says Harry. 
  2. Be creative. “We love creative members or even just block painters because we love competing at the Shropshire show float competition and have won 1st prize four times in the last five years!” says Harry. 
  3. Ploughing enthusiasts. “We organise an annual ploughing match, which is now the largest independent ploughing match in the UK attracting 126 plough men last year!”
  4. Helpful. “They should be willing to offer a helping hand because our very own member Clarrie Hocknell is County Chair this year and we are excited about helping her – especially having Shropshire Chairman’s ball right on our doorstep!”
  5. Party animals. “We love to party and host a summer bash and dinner and dance every year in September and we hold a bonfire and fireworks every year which is always successful with young farmers and the local community.” 
  6. Team players. “In 2017 we were the second largest club in Shropshire with over 100 members – we are hoping to be the biggest and the best this year and repeat our success of October 2016 when we were named top club in Top 10 magazine.” 
  7. Sporty and competitive. “We love getting involved with the tug of war, netball and football competitions especially!”


03 October 2017

YFCs across England and Wales have been reuniting this autumn for another year of competitions, club activities, training and social activities. Social media feeds are full of news from clubs planning activities and events and NFYFC has put together this helpful guide so you can get your YFC off to the best start!

There are loads of resources and support available to ensure you have the best YFC experience possible, here are some highlights:

Let’s Get Competitive

The competitions programme is at the heart of YFC; constantly evolving to provide members with knowledge and abilities that are relevant to their lives and careers, and promote good citizenship. Try to include Area and National competitions in your club programmes – this will help members to practice and prepare and you might discover some hidden talents. 

There is plenty of information about Competitions, including details on how to apply, competition guidelines, and useful hints and tips, available in The Source. You will find the information under Section 3 of 'Club Mix: Your club programme guide', on the competitions section of the website and training is available.  


Broaden Your Knowledge

Your training and development is really important to NFYFC. We have developed a suite of 18 bite-size learning modules (with more on the way) that are designed to be delivered in clubs during your weekly meetings. The Curve is designed to explore everything from organising the best money spinners to strengthening relationships in your clubs. Find out more about the Curve.

Don’t forget that NFYFC also offers a host of hands-on agricultural courses; from Meat for the Market training to free ATV maintenance training with Honda. Take a look at the range of training and development available to members

Training courses could not only help you learn something completely new but will also develop hands-on skills that can help you and your club be more successful

Successful Socials

Are you prepping for Harvest Suppers or struggling to organise your bonfire night? NFYFC has lots of useful hints and tips designed to ensure your events are financially stable, safe and enjoyable for all members.

If you’re looking for some advice planning and preparing for your club events our ‘Running Safer Social Events' document covers all the things you will need to consider pre, post and during your event.

Useful info for bonfire nights

Organising Fireworks displays and bonfires 

HSE guidance on fireworks displays


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