The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has over 20,000 members across the UK and is run by the members, for the members. Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs currently has 12 active clubs and around 500 members, aged between 10 and 26.
Young Farmers is an organisation that provides people with fun, learning and achievement opportunities. It is a club for individuals who have a love for agriculture or rural life. One of the common misconceptions of Young Farmers is that you have to be a farmer to take part; you definitely don’t!
Young Farmers structure
Feeling a little bit confused about the structure of Young Farmers? Here’s how it works!
Every Young Farmer’s Club member is affiliated to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). NFYFC has a President, a Chairman, staff and a board of management. These roles include area representatives, as well as a council and steering groups.
There are seven areas: Northern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Eastern, South East, South West and Wales.
Each county is part of an area across the UK. Every area has a committee and representatives from the counties within that area who are responsible for discussing and making decisions, reporting area decisions back to National, organising competition days and even organising events for the members.
Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs sits within the South West Area.
Each county has a committee, including a County Chairman and various other roles. Gloucestershire also has a County Organiser and a County Administrator working part-time in the county office.
There are also several sub-committees responsible for different aspects of the county. For example, the rally working party is responsible for organising our county show day, where all the different clubs compete against each other in competitions.
Each county has their own clubs that are run purely by the members. Each club votes in a Club Chairman and Secretary at the beginning of the Young Farmers’ year in September. The Chairman and Secretary are responsible for leading the club and organising meetings. The Chairman and Secretary are also accountable for relaying back members views and ideas to the county. Each club is different – some clubs meet once a week, others meet just twice a month. Clubs are encouraged to participate in inter-club meetings.