Welcome to Cambridgeshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.
We are part of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC), one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK with over 25,000 members and 644 Clubs.
The National Federation heads up Young Farmers, providing the framework for a whole host of exciting events, competitions and new experiences but it’s the members who really make the decisions.
YFC is led by young people, for young people and provides anyone aged 10 to 26 with a fantastic chance to meet lifelong friends, learn new skills, make a real difference to the local community and even travel the world!
There are eight Clubs within the Cambridgshire area and it may surprise you to learn who we are and what we do; we don't wear wellies all the time and a large number of our members have no links to agriculture at all, just an interest in the countryside and a desire to meet like minded young people. Everyone is welcome to join us to enjoy activities ranging from from ten-pin bowling to team building activities and cookery to livestock judging!
Please take a look at our website and see what opportunities there are to get involved and get in touch if you like what you see, we'd love to meet you!
County Chairman: Luke Abblitt
Club: Ramsey YFC
I am the Cambridgeshire FYFC Chairman and have been involved in YFC for the last eight years. At the age of 26 I am now a local tenant farmer and the friends and contacts that I made through Young Farmers really helped me in my tenancy application.
Young Farmers offers loads of opportunities for young people to get involved. There are numerous training opportunities, from first aid to media training, projects, social activities as well as roles to be taken on in your local Club. I was Club Programme Secretary and then Chairman for Ramsey YFC before becoming a County Officer and you learn how to chair meetings and build your communication skills among other things. Competitions are great fun too and can be entered at Club, County or National level. You make new friends at the same time - I met my girlfriend at Young Farmers.
I’ve been on local radio a few times talking about the issues farmers are facing and my experiences in YFC really helped my confidence. Recently I sat on a guest speaker panel organised by NFYFC with Natwest and RBS, giving other young farmers details about my own experience with starting a business, getting into farming and approaching banks. It was a great experience for me and hopefully it was helpful for the YFC members to ask questions and get direct answers back.
Young Farmers is a great place to meet new people, build personal skills and have fun at the same time!
Past County Vice Chairman: Scott Rix
Club: Cottenham YFC
I joined Cottenham Young Farmers' Club upon returning home from Harper Adams University to find most of my friends had either got married or started families and I thought it would be a great way to spend my time and make new friends, I was right! It has offered me a range of social events from balls, to county competitions and regularly meetings at the pub or a night out in town.
I originally joined young farmers at the age of 21, but didn’t become a regular attendee until I was 25 when I became chairman of Cottenham YFC and Vice Chairman of Cambridgeshire FYFC, making me proof that you are never too old to become a young farmer.
Young Farmers has provided me with work and business opportunities, both on my family farm and as a self-employed worker, as well as helping me gain qualifications such as first aid and vehicle trailer test.
Past County Chairman: Jon Eayrs
Club: Ramsey YFC
Young Farmers is an excellent organisation for providing opportunities that you would otherwise miss. Since being involved with Cambridgeshire Young Farmers I have taken on many roles in a number of Clubs. More recently, as a County Officer, I have joined the Eastern Area Committee and attended the Eastern Area training weekend where I met some great people from the other five counties in the area and learnt a great deal.
From there I have been appointed Cambs FYFC's representative at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, where I sit on the Events Committee and get involved in organising the NFYFC AGM and other different social events. I am also the National Council representative for Cambs FYFC and attend Council meetings to decide on various policies etc that feed down to the Counties. All of this really builds confidence. I have met some very good friends from Yorkshire and Cornwall through my involvement with the national organisation, as well as my girlfriend!
As a County Officer I have also been very lucky to attend the NFU Annual Conference three times, which I have really enjoyed and learnt a lot from. I have also been a guest speaker at a Cambridgeshire NFU meeting, talking about YFC and the activities that the members get involved in.
Finally I have been an active member of the Cambs County Show Committee as Site Manager for the last three years and have enjoyed every minute of it.
When I first joined young farmers as a 14 year old I never thought that, at the age of 23, I would be where I am now and have met the people that I have.