National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

29 April 2022

NFYFC ran bespoke YFC-centred training for Designated Safeguarding Officers in February to give them the tools and knowledge to help make a difference to a vulnerable person’s life.

The course covered a range of subjects, including safeguarding legislation and guidance, indicators of abuse or neglect, making judgements, and dealing with and reporting of allegations and complaints.

YFC members and county staff took part in the course and all gained an Ofqual National Level 3 Award in England. NFYFC caught up with Bucks FYFC’s County Administrator Louise Brookes to find out her thoughts on the three-day course.

Q. Why did you decide to do the course?

I wanted to complete a more YFC specific safeguarding course. It wasn't my first safeguarding course as I had completed some basic safeguarding training online via the NSPCC and then completed their DSO two-day course. Although these courses were useful they did leave me feeling uncertain as to how I would apply the procedures talked about to a YFC situation. I was therefore not very confident about how I would tackle any safeguarding issues that I might encounter in my role a County Administrator and County DSO.

Q. How did you find the YFC course?

The course was very informative and broken down into more manageable and understandable steps and procedures that were much more relatable to the YFC environment.

There is a written exam at the end of the course but due to the way the course was delivered and structured, with plenty of opportunities for discussion and questioning, we were able to confidently tackle the exam.

Val Wright (NFYFC’s Head of Safeguarding) is an excellent teacher. Learning with a group of people from YFC meant that anything discussed was always compared back to a possible YFC situation you may encounter or that others had experienced. The relaxed nature of the course also meant that you felt more able to ask questions or for advice.

Q. Would you recommend the course to others in YFC?

I would definitely recommend this course to any YFC DSO whether it's at Club or County level. It's good to be able to build relationships with others from across YFC who are also in these roles, giving you a greater support network to draw upon.

The course is suitable for anyone, whether you've had any previous safeguarding training before or not, and you'll also get a certified qualification at the end of the course. With safeguarding being central to all YFC activities, I would encourage anyone who has a safeguarding role within their Club or County to complete this course.

The NFYFC course is suitable for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of safeguarding in a YFC setting, such as Club and County Officers, Trustees, etc. More of these safeguarding courses will be advertised soon.

29 April 2022

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is aware of events in Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend (29 April -2 May 2022) that have been organised by local bars to attract young farmers to the town.

NFYFC is not organising, sanctioning or promoting any events that are being hosted in Blackpool in 2022. Any individuals attending these events in Blackpool during the bank holiday weekend do not represent the organisation.

As the event in Blackpool on 29 April-2 May 2022 has not been organised or sanctioned by NFYFC, the YFC membership insurance policy will not provide any insurance cover for both public and personal liability.

NFYFC representatives will not be in Blackpool during the weekend and will not provide assistance to YFC members who are in the town.

NFYFC has informed the local police and the Council that NFYFC is not involved in these events and has no plans to hold events for its members in the town for the foreseeable future.

29 April 2022

Nigel Owens MBE has been re-elected as NFYFC President for 2022-2023 following a vote at NFYFC’s 90th Annual General Meeting in Warwickshire.

Nigel was first elected as NFYFC’s President in 2020 during the pandemic. The AGM had to be moved online due to restrictions and was also held online in 2021 when Nigel was re-elected. It is hoped now that restrictions have lifted that Nigel will be able to attend more YFC activities and events. NFYFC President Nigel Owens MBE said:

“Once again, I’m very honoured and privileged to be the President for this wonderful organisation for another year.

“Being President has extended my time in YFC just that little bit longer, which I am extremely grateful for – and especially so during the 90th year of the national federation.

“There are so many stories, like mine, from people whose lives have been transformed over the past nine decades, thanks to the skills and friendships they gained in YFC. Long may that continue.”

Nigel is a former member of Llanarthne YFC, and held the offices of club Secretary and Chair. He is also a previous president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

He has now retired from his position as an international rugby union referee – but he is still the current world record holder for most test matches refereed. He is also a TV presenter, hosting shows on S4C (Welsh language TV channel).

In the 2016 Birthday Honours, Nigel was appointed a Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) for services to sport and is a fellow of Cardiff University. Nigel was brought up and lives in Carmarthenshire and is a Welsh language speaker. Before becoming a professional rugby union referee his career included working on a farm and a youth worker. He has rekindled his farming career and farms a pedigree herd of Herefords called the Mairwen herd near Llanelli.

28 April 2022

All three top awards at the national finals of NFYFC’s Pantomime competition, sponsored by KUHN, were won by members of Wales YFC.

Despite the challenges in Wales of competing and rehearsing for the national finals due to Covid-19 restrictions, Maendy YFC from Glamorgan and Bedwas YFC from Gwent impressed the judges with their perfomances, which were both based on the story of Aladdin.

The overall Pantomime winner was Maendy YFC with its production of Anarchy in Arabia written by former club member Richard Harris and directed by another alumni Richard Western.

Richard Western said the production had united rural young people during the challenges of the pandemic.

“It brought us together as a club – especially due to the isolation we have all experienced over the last couple of years,” said Richard. “We have a very gifted script writer Richard Harris and he always wanted to do something far Eastern. It’s a lovely set, it’s colourful, it’s bright, big costumes.

“Being Welsh, we’re big on singing. When I open the stage, I want to see a cast singing and leaving the stage singing, so that’s where I felt we had the edge over the other clubs. But that’s a Welsh thing – we’re very lyrical.”

Performing is certainly at the heart of Maendy YFC as the club has now won the national competition five times, with their last success back in 2003 for another Pantomime.

Club Chair Robert David is hoping this latest win will inspire members throughout the county.

“This win is great for Glamorgan too – hopefully people will see Glamorgan is thriving as a County and they will join up,” said Robert who played the part of Arnie in the show and was looking forward to celebrating the club’s success.

The production featured a cast of 18 YFC members, including the winner of the Best Female Actor Award Christina Thomas who played the part of the Prince.

Christina, who works in a call centre in Cardiff but also sings for local venues, is in her final year of YFC.

Richard said: “Her talent is incredible and I just love listening to her sing. She has a phenomenal voice and her understanding of feeling the mood of the song is very good. She has been with Maendy YFC for 10 years and this is her final year, so it was nice for her to do a bigger part.”

The Best Male Actor Award was won by another Welsh YFC member – but this time from Bedwas YFC in Gwent. Joseph Watkins played the evil villain Abanazar in Bedwas YFC’s production of Aladdin, which came third in the overall competition.

The club were put through to the national finals without competing at the Wales YFC final because it was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Joseph, 29, is in his final year of YFC and said: “It was a really big deal for us. It’s the furthest we have ever gone as a club and for my last year in Young Farmers it has been incredible. I couldn’t have hoped for a better result.”

The show was directed by Amy Tamplin who Joseph described as “amazing” and said she gave him the part of Abanazar after he read the first line of the part in a script read-through.

“I absolutely loved playing the villain – it’s fun being evil,” said Joseph who has been in a few YFC productions but never at a national level, and regularly plays on stage with his band.

“My first ever role with YFC was back in 2019 for a different club and without that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to get up on stage with my band. Young Farmers has given me a lot of things.

“It’s a fantastic competition as it gets people used to standing up in front of people and talking. When I went to university, competitions like Public Speaking were really useful for me when giving presentations in front of the class. It’s a fantastic organisation.”

Eight teams competed in the national final across two days (23-24 April) at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa. The competition was judged by NODA Adjudicators Andy Brown and Paul Douglass.

The competition was sponsored by KUHN Farm Machinery and Hannah Britland from the marketing team enjoyed watching the performances.

Hannah said: “KUHN are really proud sponsors of the Pantomime competition. We have supported the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs for many years now and we love being associated with such an active youth organisation.

“It is great to see talented members working together to perform with such confidence on stage – a skillset that KUHN values in its future employees.’’

Buxton YFC in Derbyshire won second place in the competition with their original version of Jack and the Beanstalk, which was written and produced by Peter Slack. Third place was jointly awarded to Cheriton & Tedburn YFC’s production of The Blue, The Bad and the Humpy and Bedwas YFC’s production of Aladdin.

>>Watch an interview with Maendy YFC 


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