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Gearing up County Chairs for leadership roles

Gearing up County Chairs for leadership roles

Teamwork and leadership skills were put to the test at NFYFC's County Chairs training weekend where participants were involved in a Wacky Races challenge. 

The Drive to Thrive training weekend, which was held in Warwickshire in October, was aimed at building skills and confidence for county chairs and vices as they start their year in office.

As well as formal sessions on safeguarding, leadership and teamwork, there was also a presentation from Andre’a Accison from Crimestoppers about County Lines and the chance to tackle a fun outdoor team building challenge.

YFC county office holders were put into teams and asked to decorate go karts to mimic those from the Wacky Races animation, before racing them.

County Chairs Wacky Races 2

Rosie Finney is the County Chair for Lincolnshire and attended the weekend with her county’s two Vice Chairs as well.

“What haven’t we been doing? The main thing we’ve been trying to get out of this weekend is a lot of networking, meeting people in similar roles in other counties. We’ve been doing some team building, like the Wacky Races, so getting a bit competitive while also trying to work with each other,” said Rosie.

The training weekend, which is supported by Lantra and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, gave members ideas on how to drive their counties forward. It was also an opportunity to share best practice and build up a network of contacts.

Sam Forsyth from Cambridgeshire has recently taken on the role of County Treasurer and attended the weekend to get more support.

“It’s been fantastic. This has been my first position at a county level, so it’s been good to find out what that means and the roles and responsibilities that come with it, and to share experiences with other people who are also in those positions.”

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