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Take 5 with...James Speers, YFCU deputy president

Getting Started spoke to YFCU deputy president, James Speers about his favourite competitions, and why the opportunities offered through Young Farmers are unlike anything you will find elsewhere.
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James Speers with YFCU President, Roberta Simmons
James Speers with YFCU President, Roberta Simmons
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Take 5 with James Speers, YFCU deputy president @YFCUpresident - what 5 words would James use to describe YFC? #yfcdoitbest

YFC in 5 words according to YFCU deputy president, James? - Friendship, enjoyment, confidence, skills, travel

Q: When did you first join YFC?

 

I first joined Collone Young Farmers Club back in 1999 aged 12, encouraged by family and friends who were already members of YFCU.

 

Looking back it only seems like yesterday but I have enjoyed every minute since.

What is your favourite competition?

Q: What is your favourite competition?

I would have to say Public Speaking, building your confidence from an early age and interacting with other people is a real achievement.

 

This is a skill that you can carry through your career path, and indeed life.

 

Q: Describe your YFC career in five words

  • Friendship
  • Enjoyment
  • Confidence
  • Skills
  • Travel

Q: Why would you encourage people to join YFC?

The opportunities that YFCU gives its membership cannot be bought in a shop.

 

It’s a stepping stone for any young person that is looking to make friends, socialise, learn new skills, and travel the world.

 

On top of all this they are building and developing personal skills which will lead them through life.

Q: What does the future look like for YFC?

The opportunities that YFCU gives its membership cannot be bought in a shop.

 

It’s a stepping stone for any young person that is looking to make friends, socialise, learn new skills, and travel the world.

 

On top of all this they are building and developing personal skills which will lead them through life.

 

With the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) in its 86th year, and growing in members and also performance, I hope the organisation continues to reach out to the community in our 'Know Your Neighbour’ campaign.

 

I would also like to see our 'Land mobility' scheme offer and create new opportunities in agriculture for the next generation of young farmers.

 

Along with all the other activities and competitions, this will ensure the profile of YFCU is leading the path for Northern Irelands largest rural youth organisation.

 


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