National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 February 2019

New YFC trainers have joined the national training team after a course in the East Midlands Area, which will boost skills development for more YFC members.

The group met at Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire this February and have all been trained to plan, deliver and evaluate training – with a specific focus on Club Officer training and the Curve modules. 

The course is certified by the Institute of Occupational Learning (ITOL) and all 16 participants have now received the internationally recognised qualification “Introductory Certificate to Training Delivery.’

Charlotte Garbutt from Lincolnshire FYFC attended the course so she could improve her own skills as well as give back to the membership by delivering training.

“Being a YFC Trainer is a great opportunity for me to deliver content and meet new members in clubs throughout the County,” said Charlotte.

The course taught participants how to identify the learning needs of  individuals and how to design training activities. On completion of the course, trainers will be able to facilitate a group training session using activities such as role play, simulation or group discussion.

“The training was really interesting because it wasn't solely about YFC and you can easily apply it to your day-to-day life and work,” said Charlotte who is currently a Vice Chairman of Lincolnshire FYFC and Syngenta Area Manager. “It was also a great chance to meet others from the East Midlands Area and create a group of contacts who can get support from each other when delivering training.”

Charlotte has already delivered her first Curve module to a club since attending the course and tackled the road safety session Drive it Home. 

“It is a really good module as it is so important that young people understand the importance of driving safely. Passengers also have a responsibility and there were several in the club who weren't old enough to drive. I'm hoping to deliver several modules over the coming months.”

Train the Trainer courses are ideally aimed at anyone who has held a Club Officer position and who is interested in developing and delivering YFC training.

For more information on training see the training pages. 

28 February 2019

Lucy Jeyes knows how to pull her weight as a member of the England under 18s Tug of War team and now as the new Chairman of Youth Forum. A member of Brandon & Wolston YFC in Warwickshire since she was 10 years old, she loves the part YFC plays in celebrating country life. 

When did you join YFC?

I aspired to be a Young Farmer from a young age so I could follow in the footsteps of my family and friends. After my first meeting with Brandon and Wolston YFC I was hooked and I joined in 2010 when I was 10 years old. I loved the meetings and meeting people like me; who live on a farm or like country life. I have been a member for eight years now and I have loved taking part in the competitions, activities and social events.

Why have you remained a member?

YFC continues to give me lots of different opportunities from competitions for the different age groups and now as the national Youth Forum Chairman. YFC always challenges me to better myself in lots of different areas.

Greatest achievement in YFC?

Four years ago I won the national Junior Floral Art competition, which was such a great achievement due to the high standard of entrants. Another achievement I am proud of was competing in stockjudging at the English Winter Fair. For the last two years we have won best overall competing team – beating 18 other teams from 16 different counties. It was an even bigger achievement as the team consisted of only two families.

Greatest achievement outside young farmers?

Through YFC I was recruited for the England Under 18s Tug of War team where we competed in Holland, Gloucester and Bedfordshire. We won gold and silver the following year in the national championships against Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Top skill you have learnt through YFC?

The top skill YFC has given me is public speaking and being confident.

The best thing you’ve ever made with YFC?

The Young Farmers’ community has enabled me to create long-life friends that have similar interests to me.

Three words to describe your club…

Active, competitive and fun-loving.

Has YFC helped you in your career/studies?

I’m currently in my first year of university at Harper Adams studying BSc Agri-Business. Taking part in YFC Farmers has given me lots of diverse skills that I could add to my personal statement to make me different to other applicants. YFC has given me confidence to do presentations and speak up in lectures and tutorials.

Someone you would like to thank in YFC and why?

My older sister Hannah. She has always pushed me to take part and do competitions to better myself. When I was younger she was always willing to give me lifts to take me to places, so I was able to compete and support young farmers. She urged me to take up leading roles such as Programme Secretary and County Stockjudging Chairman. She is always there for help and support when I need it. 

27 February 2019

His passion for YFC runs deep – so much so he skipped going to university just so he wouldn't miss out on anything with his club… Meet Delme Harries the new Chairman of NFYFC’s Board of Management, a dedicated YFC supporter and a firm believer in its ability to produce future rural leaders.

Why did you want to be Chairman of the Board?

I wanted to support the Federation after what has been a difficult 12 months for the Officer team. I thought my knowledge and experience of YFC that I have gained over nearly 40 years might help the NFYFC Officer team move the organisation forward.

What do you hope to bring to the Federation in your new role?

I see the Board’s role as giving the elected Officer team the support they need. They are the ones who do all the democratic elements and are the face of the membership. I’m here to look after risk, regulation and finances.

How do you feel about the decisions that were made last year?

The decision the Board made last year, had to be made. I fully understand how people feel about the loss of an event that we have all benefited from over the years, but YFC needs to change. It’s an exciting challenge now as we are going to have to reinvent ourselves for the current membership and the membership of the future.

How important is NFYFC?

NFYFC is an umbrella organisation that has the knowledge and expertise to provide a programme of activities and benefits to its members. Often the work NFYFC does is all the boring stuff that members don’t see – but it ensures County Federations can run legally.  Regulation is key – health and safety, risk assessments, safeguarding, GDPR – a county could find it difficult to afford to have the expertise in all of these areas and many more.

People mainly join YFC to make friends and to socialise and NFYFC enables the counties and clubs to run and deliver their activities and events in a safe environment.

We should be proud to be part of a national organisation that represents rural young people on a national scale, liaising with our farming unions and speaking out on rural issues.

Which club did you join and when?

I joined Llysyfran YFC back in 1980 when I was 12 years old. I have been a club leader and now I am a life member and always help with the Performing Arts productions. It’s frightening that I am now working with members whose parents I was in club with – I’m dreading it as it will soon be the third generation coming through!

My parents were farmers and I still live on the farm but it's no longer an active farm.

What have you achieved with YFC?

I didn't go to university because of YFC as I didn’t want to miss out on anything. I ended up getting a job with the NFU and NFU Mutual and have gained a lot of my skills through my YFC experiences.

I learnt leadership skills, public speaking, people skills, how to work with people and be part of a team.

I think club officers forget they are actually leaders. We need to recognise the skills they have learnt in that year and give some recognition for it. We are producing the rural leaders of the future. These are some of the people who will sit on local councils, agricultural societies, local educational authorities and be the future leaders of our farming organisations.

I have learnt a lot about the arts after working with people on productions. I have produced about 23 productions for the club over 20 years. The club has won 13 out of 23 at County level so we have a successful formula.

I was a member of the winning national After Dinner Speaking team in 1994 and I was in a national final for the Entertainments competition when I was a youngster.

I also learnt that I am not very good at some skills – such as making pancakes! As a junior member, I forgot to measure the milk and I just put it all in and they wouldn’t work. Apparently you have to toss them but mine were just liquid!

Where do you see the future of NFYFC?

NFYFC is here to support its members, to listen, to work with them and achieve what they want. We have to move with the times – the members of today are different to those 10 and 20 years ago. That’s where NFYFC, with the support of Council and sub groups, can move forward. Members have the opportunity to feed into the future plans and I urge you to do so – we need your ideas so we can progress and keep YFC going for the generations to come.


27 February 2019

YFC members have been officially appointed to the new Vision:2023 working group to help shape NFYFC’s new five-year plan. 

The group, made up of 10 people, will seek input from the wider NFYFC membership, Board members, County and NFYFC staff and external stakeholders and consultants.

Seven of the group are YFC members who applied to be part of the planning process. They include Tom Foulger from Cambridgeshire FYFC, Harry Madin from Cumbria FYFC, Marcus Bailey from Essex FYFC, Rachel Goldie from Yorkshire FYFC, Fay Thomas from Herefordshire FYFC, Polly Baines from Staffordshire FYFC and Laura Rimmer from Lancashire FYFC.

David Heminsley, a Life Vice President from Staffordshire, has been named as a member of the working group too.

Over the coming year, the group will be responsible for drafting a five-year strategic plan for NFYFC and will be seeking input from the wider NFYFC membership. The strategy represents a significant moment in the history of the organisation as it will ensure the Federation is fit for purpose and has clear objectives to achieve as it develops in the future.

The group plans to release the second membership survey soon, which will gather feedback on communications.

Throughout the year there will also be presentations made to NFYFC Council, consultations with members at key events such as Competitions Day and roadshows throughout the counties.

The aim is to present a final report to Council in February 2020.

Harry Madin, a relatively new member of Lamplugh YFC, applied to join the Vision:2023 group as he felt he could bring a fresh perspective. He urged YFC members to get their voices heard.

“Members really need to share their views on the organisation, as without their opinions the group wouldn’t be able to run and positive changes won't be made.”

To read more about the Vision:2023 team visit here

For more information on Vision:2023 visit here.


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