Being a YFC member brings many opportunities to your door.
Alice Singleton, member of Lancashire YFC, tells us about her experience.
Being a part of a YFC club isn’t just about making friends, it can be an opportunity for great personal development.
From travel, public speaking to fund-raising, the variety of openings available to members is diverse.
Here, Alice Singleton, member of Lancashire Young Farmers, tells us about five opportunities that have crossed her path and helped her along the way.
While learning may not sound like an opportunity, when you consider those who don’t have the chance to learn, you realise it is a huge opportunity for you to take advantage of. YFC not only teaches you about the fundamentals of farming practices, the breeds of animals and how to decipher the best stock in a selection, it also teaches you life skills such as public speaking, standing up for yourself in a debate, meeting people from all walks of life, and finding career opportunities in places you never would have expected them.
Through being a YFC member, I have featured on various debate panels in the North West, representing the young farmer generation, on BBC Radio Lancashire, reaching a wider audience in the county, and also on BBC Breakfast on television, broadcast nationally across the UK. While giving me a confidence boost and a taste for broadcast journalism, it also gave me a platform to stand up for what I believe in and promote the YFC name far and wide.
By far the greatest opportunity I have experienced within YFC is the YFC Travel Programme. Two weeks in South Africa with 11 other Young Farmers from around the UK, and the rest as they say is history. It was the most incredible experience of my life, and without YFC, it never would have been possible.
When you leave education, competitions become less about actually competing, and more about calling a number you see on the TV to potentially win £1 million and a brand new Mini. In YFC, competitions are at the core of everything. Whether it’s competing at stock judging or making the best apple strudel, or seeing how long you can survive on a greasy pole, or competing to just be the very best YFC member you can be. I have had the opportunity to feel pride in myself like never before, on winning National Senior Member of the Year - and that is something I will forever be thankful for.
YFC not only provides you with friends in your local area. Through competing with your county, area and national, you inevitably end up with friends all over the country (great when travelling around as you're guaranteed to know someone somewhere along your journey!) Not only that, through the YFC Exchange programme, you can also meet people from all over the world, and learn from them, share experiences and maybe travel back to their home country one day.