National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 September 2021

A young farmer from Lancashire has been given a national award for keeping her Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) and County Federation operating during the pandemic.

Hazel Stansfield, 24, from Chaigley in Lancashire, received the most votes for The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) Heart of YFC Award, sponsored by Eternit. The award is part of NFYFC’s annual YFC Achiever Awards, which recognises the achievements of members during the previous membership year. 

Hazel found out the news of her win during the online awards show on Friday 17 September, where NFYFC President and former international rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE announced the winner.

The award was followed by even more celebrations for Hazel as she went into labour the next day and gave birth to her daughter Poppy – making it a weekend to remember.

Hazel from Clitheroe YFC, who is a commercial insurance sales advisor for NFU Mutual in Clitheroe, received the award due to all the work she has put into the Federation, especially during the past year.

Alongside providing online activities for Clitheroe YFC during the pandemic, Hazel also took on more responsibilities at a County Federation level while it was without a County Organiser during the pandemic. Despite the challenges, Hazel managed to increase the membership to the club and encouraged members to get involved in competing at a local and national level.

Hazel was chosen alongside four other candidates to be shortlisted for the award, and the YFC community cast more than 1600 votes to choose their overall winner.

Hazel said:

“I’m honestly humbled to have won the title of Heart of YFC and honestly overwhelmed. YFC has been a massive part of my life and an incredible organisation to be involved in. YFC is more than just attending meetings each week, it’s the lifelong friends, the opportunities it has to offer and the memories of a lifetime to name a few. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Young Farmers and the confidence it has given me.

“The fantastic thing about Young Farmers is that anyone can make a difference from a club level to nationally. It’s a membership-led organisation – by members for the members – and is why I would recommend anyone aged 10-28 to get in contact with their local club.”

The finalists for the Heart of YFC Award were chosen by NFYFC President Nigel Owens, Chair of the Board of Management Delme Harries and Chair of the Membership and Marketing Group Sarah Emmott.

Throughout August, the YFC community was invited to vote on who they thought represented the organisation’s values the most and was truly at the heart of the organisation.  More than 1600 people voted on the finalists and Hazel received the most votes.

The award was sponsored by Eternit UK and Jayne Arkell, the UK Country Manager for Etex Exteriors (the corporate company for Eternit) said:

“Here at Eternit, we passionately support the NFYFC and all they stand for.

"This year we were delighted to be part of the YFC Achiever Awards and support the amazing work they do within rural communities within the UK. We would like to congratulate all of the winners and the nominees; and a special congratulations to Hazel Stansfield from Lancashire for winning the Heart of YFC Award 2021.”

The Heart of YFC Award is one of eight award categories and all the winners were revealed during the YFC Achiever Awards announcement shows that ran each night from 13-17 September 2021. 

All the awards videos from the week can be seen here.

The awards are a celebration of achievements from the previous membership year and mark a positive start to the new YFC membership year. Clubs are now meeting again following the pandemic and more information about joining a local YFC can be found here. 

See more information about all five finalists of the Heart of YFC Award here. 



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