National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 October 2021

NFYFC held its national Competitions Day in October for the first time since July 2019 due to cancellations throughout the pandemic.

While it was a scaled down event in 2021, with only four national finals being held at Staffordshire County Showground, more than 300 YFC members and spectators were delighted to be back together competing.

YFC members competed in Tug of War, Fence Erecting, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Farm Skills. The winning ladies Tug of War team from County Durham had waited 15 years to win the national final.

Coach Alan Maddison, who was a member of County Durham FYFC and had competed in the Tug of War at the time, was delighted to see his daughter’s team bring home the trophy.

“You cannot believe how proud I am,” said Alan. “We set off with Young Farmers 15 years ago with this aim and it’s took us that long to achieve our goal.”

Yorkshire were delighted to pick up the trophy for the GENSB Tug of War, and Staffordshire brought home the men’s trophy.

George Goodwin from the Staffordshire men’s Tug of War team said: “It’s been a really good day and we’re just glad to be back. We’re happy to be here and happy that this [certificate] says first on it.” 

The Farm Skills competition involved moving machinery safely and a first aid task – with real actors. YFC members had to help someone who looked as if they had been injured in a PTO shaft. The competition was made possible thanks to support from Kuhn, Johnson’s of Cheadle, Rea Valley Tractors and Arley Medical Services. 

Lancashire came first in the competition and Abigail Stansfield said it was down to good teamwork. 

“All of us just worked as a team to come together to win. We all work safely at our jobs and it’s about putting that into practice.

“It feels great for everyone to be back face-to-face and competing properly. Back to normal!”

The Fence Erecting teams worked hard in the wet weather conditions but it was Leicestershire who claimed the trophy with a team from Ashby YFC. The competition was supported by Estate Wire.

In the Clay Pigeon Shooting, which was supported by BASC, Oliver Collins from Parbold YFC in Lancashire, was the overall winner of the day. 

Oliver, who had to enter a shoot off at the end for first place, has been taking part in the sport since he was around 11 years old but this was his first time in the senior competition. 

“It’s good to be back. I cleaned the first stand and had a few odd misses here and there. I didn’t think I would win the shoot, I thought there would be a score a touch higher than me, but you always think that.”

Competitions Day was followed by the annual Sports Day, with County Durham winning the Netball, Cumbria winning the Football, Lancashire winning at Jump Rope and Yorkshire winning the Kwik Cricket. 


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