National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 March 2021

Nine of the national competition finals will be held online this year due to the difficulties for County Federations and Areas holding competition rounds, caused by restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Area eliminators for Commercial Dance and On the News have also been taken out of the NFYFC 2020-21 programme.

Despite the easing of lockdown, restrictions would still pose significant challenges for County Federations and Areas to host competition rounds in May and June. The Competitions Steering Group has decided to move some of the national finals to an online format to ensure they can still go ahead – especially as many County Federations have been successfully hosting virtual rounds for their public speaking competitions in this way.

Online competition finals will be held on the following dates:

Situations Vacant – Sunday 13 June 2021

Member of the Year (18 & under) Saturday 19 June 2021

Member of the Year (18 & over) Sunday 20 June 2021

Junior Reading – Saturday  3 July 2021

Public Speaking – Sunday 4 July

Brainstrust – Saturday 10 July

Debating – Sunday 11 July (in two sessions)

The YFC Talent and Pallet Up-cycling competition finals will also be held online in August. The judging will take place on social media enabling competition entries to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

Competitions Chairman Katie Sanderson said: “It’s great news that the lockdown is starting to ease but there are still restrictions in place making it difficult for counties and Areas to host competing rounds. We wanted to ensure that national finals can still take place in some form this year and by hosting these nine competitions online, we’ve guaranteed that members will get the recognition they deserve.”

Decisions about the remaining competitions will be made later in April once the steering group has assessed the latest official guidance. 


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