National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

14 July 2022

For the first time in three years, NFYFC hosted a full range of national finals at its Competitions Day in Staffordshire in July.

Hundreds of YFC members from across England and Wales gathered at the Staffordshire Showground to compete in 13 competitions, with many travelling from as far as Cornwall and Pembrokeshire to be there.

Counties in Wales walked away with the most trophies after excelling in the Public Speaking competitions.

Ceredigion took all six awards for the After Dinner Speaking competition, supported by ADM Cares, while Carmarthenshire and Glamorgan won Best Chairman and Best Panellist respectively in Brainstrust.

Carmarthenshire also won the Junior Reading award, supported by the Reta Lila Foundation, as well as individual awards for Best Reader – joint with Montgomeryshire – and Best Chairman – joint with Yorkshire A.

The win was even greater for the After Dinner Speaking team who were all first language Welsh speakers and had to compete in English.

“We all speak in the Welsh language to each other but during practises we had to speak in English,” explained Endaf Griffiths who won Best Chairman and told future competitors to “Just enjoy it.”

“Teamwork is so important. The five of us enjoy our company. Four are from the same YFC and we all get along with each other and bounce off each other,” he added.

Team mate Lauren Jones, who won the Best Respondent for Visitors, said: “I don’t think it will sink in for a while how big an achievement it is, especially [to win] out of nine teams and all of us winning individual roles too.”

Counties from the Northern Area also did well at Competitions Day with County Durham winning the Fence Erecting competition, supported by Estate Wire, and the Farm Machinery Skills competition, supported by Kramp.

This was the second time County Durham has won the Farm Machinery Skills competition in recent years after clinching the top place in 2019. Bryony Ford-Senior was involved in treating the ‘fake’ accident during this year’s competition.

“I think competitions like this are very useful for YFC as they raise awareness that accidents can happen and how to treat them if they do,” said Bryony. “The accident is very realistic at national – it was nerve-wracking, and you feel a bit scared when you walk over and there’s blood, so you do panic a bit. You just have to breath and focus on the injuries.”

The Cumbria A team scooped the Cheerleading award and Yorkshire took the top spot in Auctioneering, which was sponsored by IAE. William Amos came first after evaluating and selling three pieces of kit. All the winners of the auctioneering received goody bags from IAE.   

James O’Neill, from Warwickshire, has never worked in auctioneering but came third in the competition after impressing the judges with his patter.

“Being loud and proud and quite confident has helped. But then being in Young Farmers has helped with this. If you weren’t in this kind of environment you wouldn’t get used to having all these competitions and stepping outside of your boundaries,” said James.

“Learning about auctioneering is just from being young, going to market with my grandad as a small boy, sitting there listening, picking up watching and being involved in other auctioneering events, farm sales and going to charity events with Young Farmers where they have had auctioneers doing a lot of charity auctions. The competition came around, and I thought, let’s give it a go!”

The South West Area did equally as well as the Northern Area on the day too – with Devon’s choir winning the trophy after impressing the judges with their acapella rendition of the James Bond song Skyfall.

There were also trophies in Junior Speaking for Devon and wins for Dorset in Situations Vacant, supported by ADM Cares, and the Junior Member of the Year competition, sponsored by Tama.

It was second time lucky for Junior Member of the Year winner Henrietta from Dorset after finally succeeding at reaching first place in the competition.

“I can’t believe that I won. I was so shocked, I nearly cried,” said Henrietta who made it to the national final in 2020. “It’s one of those things that you can build on each year. As soon as you have your PowerPoint you can build on it, move things around and improve your synopsis. When you’re my age, you’ve got such a good shot at it, it’s worth having a go.”

Kallum Burrell from Lincolnshire proved too hard to beat in the Clay Pigeon Shooting competition, sponsored by BASC. He won first place in the 28 & under competition and the Top Shot of the Day.

Kallum, who won the 17 & under category last year and has recently been picked for the England Clay Pigeon Shooting team, said: “I’ve been to Texas to shoot with the England team but I still really enjoy this competition because it’s the first one I ever shot.

“I’ve been in Young Farmers for seven years and I started shooting at about the same time, although not competitively until 2019. I’ve met loads of new people and made new friends. It’s a good way to try new activities.”

Kallum puts his achievements down to a “combination of good coaches, putting in a lot of time, a lot of travelling, and just being committed.”

Harry from Bedfordshire won the 17 & under category.

All the competitors received their awards at a presentation ceremony at the end of the day, surrounded by supporters.

To see all the results from the day, visit here.

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