The Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) announced yesterday news that the Scottish Government has withdrawn financial support to the organisation.
SAYFC, Scotland’s largest rural youth organisation will lose an annual grant of £66,000 from the Government, which will result in a loss of the association’s annual income by 13 per cent.
Chief executive of SAYFC, Penny Montgomerie said: "We are disappointed that the Scottish Government has taken this decision to no longer support SAYFC.
"The association offers a crucial network for many young people in rural Scotland as well as unique personal development opportunities. The association is currently growing from strength to strength with membership now higher than it has been since 1998.”
This is the first time in nearly 70 years that SAYFC will receive no financial support from the Scottish Government, impacting more than 3,500 members across Scotland.
The association, which supports individuals 14 to 30 years of age, provides personal development opportunities through their network via events, competitions, training and travel.
This helps reduce rural isolation and increases individuals confidence and skills which will benefit them throughout life.
Ms Montgomerie continued: "Looking to the future we are optimistic that although there are tough financial times ahead over the coming months we will continue to focus on ensuring we can develop member services, and have a relevant organisation that youth in rural Scotland want to be part of.”