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'I'm absolutely heartbroken' - Young Farmers react as YFC AGM cancelled

The Young Farmers AGM has been cancelled for good.


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Young Farmers left 'heartbroken' and 'devastated' as YFC AGM cancelled

Following a meeting of the board of management of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) on July 28, it was agreed that the Federation would no longer hold the annual convention for its members.

 

An NYFC spokesperson said: “After 50 years of hosting the event, the board believes it is time to refresh its offer to members and to bring its programme of activities more in line with its charitable aims to meet the needs of rural young people.

 

 

“The annual convention was created to showcase the achievements of members, hold national competition finals and to host its annual general meeting.

 

“Following a review, it was agreed that the successes and celebrations inside the event venue are being overshadowed by incidents taking place outside of the organised official NFYFC activities.”

 

The 2018 event in Blackpool was overshadowed by trouble outside of the AGM itself, with some young farmers allegedly vandalising a car on the town’s prom.

 


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However, it is understood both Blackpool and Torquay councils, despite such incidents, are willing to welcome back the Young Farmers, but the NFYFC board has chosen a different route.

 

“This decision has been made following feedback from NFYFC’s Council, County Federations and staff.

 

“While NFYFC recognises this will be disappointing news for many YFC members, partners and sponsors, the organisation is looking at how it can explore new opportunities to move forward.

 

“The decision comes as the organisation moves to become a Charitable Company, which involves a complete review of its governance and structure.

 

“At the same time NFYFC will continue to work with the membership to develop a new five-year strategic plan to ensure the organisation is relevant for rural young people today and in the future. This will create a programme of activities that delivers skills for life and helps young people aged 10 to 26 to achieve their full potential.”

 

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