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Take 5 with...Arwel Jones, Wales YFC Vice Chairman

As part of a new series, Getting Started spoke to Wales YFC Vice Chairman, Arwel Jones about memories, competitions and what the future holds for YFC.
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Take 5 with Arwel Jones @WalesYFC - competitions, memories and the future #yfcdoitbest

YFC in 5 words according to @WalesYFC vice chair, Arwel Jones - Fun, Educational, Surprising, Encouraging, Memorable #yfcdoitbest

Q: What is your first memory of YFC?

 

There are many in my early years from saying I’d never do public speaking again and thinking stock judging was stupid because only one man's opinion was right!

 

My very first though, was probably one of my first club nights, a great laugh going go-carting with fellow new members Gareth Sisto, Aneurin Thomas and David Powell.

What is your favourite competition?

Q: What is your favourite competition?

Being from a relatively small club in Llandeilo YFC I’ve done a bit of everything from building a wigwam, cookery and flower arranging to public speaking and stock judging

 

I have had fun doing them all, but being a farmer’s son who enjoys showing, it has to be beef and sheep stock judging, and being among the stock.

Q: Describe your YFC career in five words

A:

  • Fun
  • Educational
  • Surprising
  • Encouraging
  • Memorable

Q: Why would you encourage people to join YFC?

A: YFC is the best rural youth organisation in the country.

 

"YFC opens so many doors in life and is a great asset on anyone’s C.V."

- Arwel Jones

You learn so much unknown to yourself, just by having fun and enjoying club nights. You have the opportunity to meet so many people and make great friendships for life.

 

It has encouraged me from being a shy individual who would struggle to get up to read in our local chapel to be able to stand up at dinners and events when asked to do so on the spot.

 

YFC opens so many doors in life and is a great asset on anyone’s C.V.

Q: What does the future look like for YFC?

 

A: The only way is up!

 

With a rising world population, and the need for a sustainable agricultural industry to feed the world, Young Farmers are in the best place to be the driving force to develop young people’s skills for the challenges ahead, whilst taking on the rural skills of our parents and grandparents but also introducing the new technology which is at our finger tips.

 

We are in a great place to ensure the future of a thriving rural community.

 

But in a time when workloads, stress and isolation on farms is increasing we must not forget our grass root club nights which give our members a chance to meet up and socialise together.


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