It’s the final day of National Young Farmers’ Week, we’ve still got a couple more members of our County Team to introduce to you, so here is our next one!
Involved in YFC since?
I’ve been involved in Young Farmers since 2006 when I first joined to play rugby in the county competition.
A little bit about you?
For my first couple of years within YFC I was a social member as I was always rugby training on our club meeting evenings. However due to injury I was forced to give up rugby and jumped head first into YFC.
I was the Club Chairman for two years and alongside the fantastic team I had around me, we took a struggling Wotton and Dursley YFC from 6 members to almost 50 and were rewarded with a fantastic 3rd place in the county Rally.
From here, I went on to become a lot more involved in county and later took on the role of County Chairman. Although it was daunting, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I’m now out of competing age and have started a marquee hire company that I run alongside working part time in the office for GFYFC.
Throughout all my time in Young Farmers’ I’ve always taken the approach of don’t ask anyone to do anything that you wouldn’t do and always say yes to everything. This ethos has taken me the breadth of the country, competing in numerous competitions including panto, drama, entertainments, dancing and jump rope. I was lucky enough to be part of the winning jump rope team that won the National finals twice.
Outside of young farmers I have recently dusted the rugby boots back off and enjoy spending time with my wife and new born son Charlie.
What does YFC mean to you?
YFC has played such a huge part of my life for so many years and alongside all of the amazing benefits of life long friends, life skills and fun, the main thing that YFC has given me is confidence. The confidence to stand and speak at the front of a room full of people. The confidence to get involved in anything and the confidence to go out and start my own business. Without YFC life could be very different.
I’ve had several roles within Young Farmers including Club Chairman of Wotton and Dursley YFC, County Chairman 2015/16 and now, County Organiser.
What does your role include?
My job is to support our members with all things YFC. Helping to organise county competitions, parties and events. It also includes coordinating judges and stewards for competitions and making sure all our events are safe with relevant risk assessments and health and safety paperwork in place.
I also deliver training via the NFYFC Curve modules for club activity nights and act as the link between our clubs and county team. I work with the county officers each year to help support the members with what they want to achieve out of YFC!
If I had to give one bit of advice I’d say just say YES. No matter how daunting, how scary or how peculiar the task you’re asked to do is, just say yes, you won’t regret it!
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