National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Member of the Year (18 & under)

Congratulations to the seven finalists of the Member of the Year (18 & under) competition 2021. The finalists will now undergo an online interview process and the winner will be announced on Sunday 20 June .

Hollie, 15, Enderby YFC, Leicestershire

What I love about YFC: 

I love the opportunities that YFC has given me and the fun and friendships along the way.

Why I should win the title: 

I am very dedicated to YFC and I absolutely love the Federation. I always get involved and try my best to promote YFC and make our club meetings fun for the members.

Ruth, 18, Lowick YFC, Cumbria   

What I love about YFC:

YFC has given me the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, developing skills I can use in everyday life and improving my interpersonal skills. YFC supports every member, no matter their ability and helps people come together to socialise, make new friends and have fun.

Why I should win the title:

I am an enthusiastic and motivated member and I am very proud to be a member of this incredible organisation. Throughout the pandemic, I have been fortunate to stay active in YFC by taking part in projects with the Youth Forum, specifically the YFC Take Time mental health project.

I am very proud to have played a part in the production of this resource, supporting members with information tailored to their needs. If I won Member of the Year (18 & under), I would use the opportunity to help recruit the next generation of members, showing them the wide range of activities they can take part in when they join YFC. I would also show them the amazing work YFC does to bring together the agricultural industry, both via social media and with events such as the YFC Achiever Awards. 

Katie, 17, Woburn YFC, Bedfordshire

What I love above YFC: 

What always strikes me about YFC is the inclusivity; the fact that there is something for anyone and everyone to get involved in, no matter who you are or where you have come from.

Why I should win the title:

I would like to win Member of the Year because I would love the opportunity to use my position on the Youth Forum to ensure that YFC continues to offer a range of exciting activities and events. I want the organisation to continue to inspire young people to get stuck in with all that YFC has to offer.

Elin, 19, Tregynon YFC, Montgomery

What I love above YFC:

“Have a go, you’ll enjoy it” are words that I hear frequently within the YFC movement, and the reason I love being part of YFC so much.

Since becoming a member of Tregynon YFC at the age of 13, I have taken every possible opportunity available to try something new, from competing on stage, sheep trimming, cooking and holding leadership positions at club and county level.  My favourite moment must be the Annual Convention in Torquay. I will always remember the nerve-racking moments running up to the results and the moment we heard the magical words “and the NFYFC Street Dancing Champions for 2017 are …. Tregynon”. To represent my club, Montgomeryshire and Wales at the age of 15 was such an honour and made the hours upon hours of practice all worth it. 

I have also met friends for life through YFC, and know, regardless of where I am, I am highly likely to bump into someone I know from the movement.

Why I should win the title:

I never shy away from responsibility and undoubtedly have given my all for the movement. I have also readily accepted responsibilities on a club and county wide level and where needed stepped in to steward, coach, deliver motions and votes of thanks. Through these, I am proud to say I was part of the team that boosted club membership and county Youth Forum involvement and along with this, the participation rates of members.

I believe the next 12 months will be a critical time in YFC to ensure that members return to club and county face-to-face activities to experience the breadth of opportunities and wellbeing support available.  As a junior member I will actively promote the YFC values and opportunities to ensure that the future of YFC continues to go from strength to strength.

Zoe, 18, Langport YFC, Somerset

What I love about YFC:

Young Farmers provides its members with a wide range of experiences through its events and competitions, allowing them to develop multiple skills such as team work, public speaking and organisation. At the same time it also enables them to meet a vast number of people and build good friendships. YFC is the ultimate industry network for any young person in agriculture. The experiences, skills and friendships that YFC has given me, has helped me become the person I am today.

Why I should win the title:

Since joining YFC in 2016, I have never turned an opportunity down, resulting in me participating in many events, competitions and holding multiple positions. However, I believe there is still more for me to give, such as taking part in entertainments, going on one of the travel programmes and becoming a national steering group chair.

Catherine, 16, Reigate YFC, Surrey

What I love about YFC:

I love being a member of such a supportive, welcoming community where everyone works to build each other up rather than cut others down. We embrace what makes people different and get involved in projects to help build a better future for everyone, particularly those involved in the farming industry. YFC has encouraged me to participate in activities I would have otherwise shied away from, including Public Speaking and Stockjudging.

I’ve developed my teamwork skills and made a brilliant group of friends, who are awesome! None of this would have been possible without the dedication of a huge group of volunteers, who not only organise amazing activities, but also really care about the wellbeing of every single member and are always there to talk to.

Why I should win the title:

Over my six years at YFC I’ve always given 110% to try to make the club and county the best it can be. I enjoy organising projects to positively impact the community, especially in these difficult times and hopefully by continuing to support each other, we can leave lockdown even stronger than we entered. As Chair of Reigate, I always try to encourage members to get involved in events to create a more inclusive and enjoyable environment where everyone can thrive and have the same opportunities. It would be amazing if we could keep driving progress and help YFC continue to evolve into an organisation that can grow in this ever-changing world, enabling even more young people to enjoy the excitement and I have tonnes of ideas to make this happen.

Sophie, 18, Whitchurch YFC, Shropshire

What I love about YFC:

I love YFC as it has given me lots of opportunities to try out competitions such as Cheerleading and Public Speaking. YFC has allowed me to make friends from around the county and country who share similar interests to mine. Another thing I love about YFC is that it’s a great way to bring people together, especially as farming can be an isolating industry.

Why I should win the title:

I think I should win because I am a highly motivated and bubbly individual who enjoys a challenge. I would like to encourage and promote the benefits of being a member to the younger generation and the wider community. 


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