National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

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. 


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