National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 November 2018

“You don’t need to own wellies” to be a young farmer, according to Melton Mowbray YFC who have won £350 from NatWest in NFYFC’s video competition for National Young Farmers’ Week.

Melton’s video showed lots of lively footage from competitions, community work and farm tours together with interviews with club members who explain what YFC means to them.

The video was chosen by two judges who know what it takes to make a media hit – broadcaster and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith and Gareth Wyn Jones, star off BBC TV show The Hill Farm.

Both judges agreed it was the club that they would most like to visit having seen the video.

“Overall I loved the enthusiasm and use of music in all of the videos but Melton Mowbray YFC’s stood out as the club I’d most like to visit,” said Charlotte. “Thanks to all the clubs who took the time to produce their videos – hopefully you have gained lots of new members by recording them and have learnt some new skills along the way.”

The judges also highly commended Aberdew YFC and Harmston YFC for their efforts too as close runners up to the winner.

Melton’s Junior Secretary Leah Niamh created the video and was thrilled with the judges comments.“What a nice thing to say, they’re more than welcome to visit!”

Leah says that the video has been shared quite widely and that it has resulted in one new club member who joined up after seeing the video.

Melton will now receive a prize of £350 courtesy of National Young Farmers’ Week sponsor NatWest, which Leah says the club will use to either put on a fundraising event or buy team kit for an event that junior members would like to take part in.

The video win was not the only highlight of Melton’s National Young Farmers’ Week. The club put on a barbecue for a new members’ night which saw 25 people join up.

And Leah is hoping that all those new members will be able to get just as much fun out of YFC as she has had. “It has been a great experience,” she says. “My confidence has just rocketed.

I’ve made friends for life and had so many new experiences. When I joined I was extremely nervous and shy. Now I’m the loudest one in the club!”

Melton Mowbray YFC is also the winner of NFYFC's Club of the Month for November and you can read more about the club here. 


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