Nominations Open for Awards to Celebrate Rural Young People
Jun 6, 2023 • General
Nominations are now open for the 2023 YFC Achiever Awards – a special celebration of the achievements of rural young people, set up by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) and supported by headline sponsor Kärcher UK.
The awards ceremony for the YFC Achiever Awards 2023, will be held in Birmingham at the National Conference Centre on 3 November 2023, and will be compered by NFYFC’s President Nigel Owens MBE.
This will be the second in-person ceremony since the awards began back in 2020 and follows on from a successful event earlier this year where more than 400 people enjoyed the special celebrations.
The awards are a way of recognising and rewarding members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) for the work they do in the community, for enterprising initiatives and for helping to develop other rural young people.
Top names from the farming industry are among the line-up of judges who will help to choose the 2023 winners.
Judges include Lizzie McLaughlin – one half of the Becca and Lizzie podcast, Welsh Farmer and TV presenter Gareth Wyn Jones, and farmer and star of Born Mucky Ally Hunter Blair.
This year there is a new award for the Club of the Year, sponsored by CFMOTO, which is for clubs that can demonstrate how well they are operating. YFCs are independent charities and judges will be looking for examples of their programming, budgeting and a general demonstration of how a good club should be run.
Kate Simpson, a fine art illustrator who specialises in livestock and farming, will be judging this category alongside Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), and NFYFC Chair Rosie Bennett.
The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) is sponsoring this year’s Young Farmer of the Year category, which seeks to reward someone who promotes best practice in the industry.
Enterprising young people will also be recognised in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, supported by KUHN. The judges, which include hoof trimmer Ant Thomas who launched the popular @Keepingcowsmoovin social media account, will be looking for new rural and farming initiatives that YFC members have launched.
YFC members will also be rewarded for leadership shown in their clubs and counties. Savills is supporting the Aspiring Rural Leader category and hopes to find examples of young rural people who are making their mark.
Heart of YFC Award
One of the most popular awards is where the winner is chosen by the YFC membership in an online poll. The Heart of YFC Award, sponsored by headline sponsors Kärcher UK, is presented to the person that YFC members believe represents the true spirit of YFC.
NFYFC’s President Nigel Owens MBE is among the judging panel who will shortlist five of the nominees for the Heart of YFC Award for the wider membership to vote on.
Nigel Owens said:
“I am delighted to be involved in the YFC Achiever Awards 2023, which celebrate the amazing young people involved in this organisation. The commitment to their rural communities, the entrepreneurship that benefits our rural economy and the dedication to supporting the development of other young people deserves to be recognised.
“There are many unsung heroes among the YFC community, and I’m urging everyone to get their nominations in now so we can thank those special people at our impressive awards ceremony in November.”
The award categories are:
The Heart of YFC Award, sponsored by Kärcher UK
Entrepreneur of the Year, supported by KUHN
Club of the Year Award, sponsored by CFMOTO
Young Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies)
Aspiring Rural Leader of the year, sponsored by Savills
Community Spirit award, sponsored by Tama
New Member of the Year, sponsored by Eternit
YFC Supporter of the Year
Nominations can be made online and entries must be submitted before the deadline of 17 July 2023.