Meet this year’s Senior Member of the Year finalists
YFC's senior stars will be sharing their experiences of life as a Young Farmer as they bid to wow the judges and win the coveted Senior Member of the Year competition, sponsored by Tama. The judging panel is on the lookout for an inspirational member who has shown that he or she is involved in all aspects of the YFC movement. It'll be edge-of-the-seat stuff as the finalists take to the stage for their last chance to impress. The winner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 8th May.
Meet the finalists
Club: Selby YFC, Yorkshire
What I love about YFC: Everything! The diverse range of opportunities on offer to the members and the fun that can be had through experiencing these and meeting new people. I don’t know of any other movement where you have the chance to learn so many different skills and have so many different experiences!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: Having been involved in Young Farmers from birth, I have thrown myself into every aspect of the movement ever since! I am completely committed to, and passionate about, the aims of the federation and ensuring that successive generations of Young Farmers have access to the same range of opportunities that I have benefited from. I have also been involved in many community and charity fundraising projects, and begun to use my role as a Young Farmer to raise awareness of current agricultural issues, such as the dairy crisis, and highlight the importance of purchasing local produce to the general public.
Area: East Midlands
Club: Brigg YFC, Lincolnshire
What I love about YFC: The members I've met (literally in the case of my girlfriend), the opportunities unrivalled by anything else, the confidence I've gained and most of all the incredible memories, experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I epitomise what a Young Farmer truly is, the fun of County Rally, AGM and club meetings; learning new skills in public speaking, stockjudging and teamwork; achieving more than I could ever dream of, winning eight trophies and reviving a struggling club to become one of the greatest in the county. I did a charity skydive and I still go to every club meeting supporting members as well as club and county officers. Young Farmers is the heart of my life, giving respite in an otherwise isolated industry. It's the focus of everything I do and I absolutely love it!
Club: Diss YFC, Norfolk
What I love about YFC: Young Farmers has helped me build my confidence and has made me the person I am today. It has given me so many opportunities and enabled me to take part in some incredible challenges which I would have never been able to do beforehand. My club is like my family and has given me the ground roots from which I started, and where I gained the ambition to go on and do all the amazing things I have done.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: Winning this competition would be a complete honour for me. Having been a member for 12 years, I have always been enthusiastic to get involved with everything. I want to strengthen the link between Junior and Senior Clubs, pushing recruitment to help shape the future of the Federation. I would love to be able to promote NFYFC throughout the next 12 months and show members what they really can get out of the movement. I think some people still believe Young Farmers’ Clubs are just for Farmers and I want to prove that this isn't the case across the country.
Area: South East
Club: Vigo YFC, Kent
What I love about YFC: The fact that it is one of the best friendship networks in the country. I feel as if I could move to anywhere in the country and instantly find a group of friends. There’s no other membership organisation like it!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I’m an ordinary Young Farmer. I don’t go because I need to; I go because I want to! I turn up to everything, take part in everything and have a good time doing whatever it may be. When it comes to competitions, I am always willing to have a go – and I have even won on the odd occasion, including at flower arranging! And when it comes to getting a job done, I am the one that can be counted on. Sometimes it’s the cleaning up after that actually matters and you’ll always find me in the morning of an event with a bin bag or a mop.
Area: South West
Club: Bow and District YFC, Devon
What I love about YFC: Already since the New Year I have acted in a drama production, sang in a show choir, ballroom danced, learnt how to make junket and tried my hand at ultimate frisbee, just to name a few – this is what I love about YFC. Being a member offers young people so much variety in the activities that they can try, skills they can learn and places they can travel. And even better, if there is anything additional members want to do they can make it happen for themselves, as this Federation is ran for the members, by the members.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: Senior Member of the Year is being an ambassador, which I believe I actively am. I shout about everything I have been lucky enough to do, share my experiences and knowledge to encourage all existing and potential members to take up all opportunities. The more you put into YFC the more you get out; I have gained so much, putting this back into the Federation by being actively involved at all levels. Being a current Club Officer I am not just looking at the present-day but the future strength of the Federation, to develop and give members confidence and skills.
Club: Bryncrug YFC, Meirionnydd
What I love about YFC: The fact that it's unique in the way that its an organisation run by young people, for young people. It’s brilliant to see youngsters taking on their roles, making huge decisions that affect so many others, and preparing them for the future ahead. This is proved since many of our industry leaders would not be where they are today, if it wasn't for YFC.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I see Senior Member of the Year as not only a huge honour, but also makes you an ambassador for YFC, a role where one should share personal experiences and encourage existing and future members to exploit all they can from it, and to work closely alongside the management aspect, to ensure members are getting the absolute best from the greatest youth federation out there. I have been fortunate to experience many unforgettable opportunities that YFC has to offer, and would do my up most to assure the federation continues successfully for future members to enjoy.
Area: West Midlands
Club: Eccleshall YFC, Staffordshire
What I love about YFC: YFC is without doubt the best organisation available to young people; and that is why the membership is made up of such enthusiastic and passionate individuals. I love everything about what being a YFC member brings! There are so many opportunities for you to up-skill, take part in competitions, travel and make friends for life. However the best thing about YFC is seeing young people gain confidence. I have always loved motivating members, especially junior members, to be successful within YFC and take every opportunity available.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: It’s a privilege to be in the national finals, and it would be absolutely amazing to win! I joined Eccleshall YFC aged 14 and I haven't looked back since; taking every opportunity that YFC throws at me. My YFC experiences have developed me into the individual that I am today and without it I wouldn’t have so many great friends, accolades or my job role. I always strive to be an ambassador for YFC and I am passionate about encouraging others to get as much out of being a YFC member as I have. I am also eager to continue to push the organisation forward, and to play a role it's development I have this year put myself forward as NFYFC AGRI Steering Group Vice-Chairman, West Midlands Area Vice-Chairman and Eccleshall YFC club leader.