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Welcome to the Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs
Please use our website to find information about clubs, competitions and training!
Who is Dorset YFC?
Dorset YFC is part of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). This is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK.
Established in 1921 NFYFC heads a nationwide body of 662 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) throughout England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people with an interest in agriculture and the countryside.
All clubs welcome new members and have a varied programme of meetings. To find out more about clubs in your area click on the club link or just give us a call or an email and we will pass on club specific contact details.
Dorset YFC is always looking for new members and adult volunteers to act as club leaders and associates. There are many training opportunities available so if you are interested please do not hesitate to contact us!
Annual Event (April/May)
The rally is a fun and challenging day for all young farmers. The rallies purpose is to have a friendly competition day between the clubs in the Dorset County, winning trophies and awards for most competitions. The rally also gives the chance for many different people to win individual competitions which will earn points for the overall title of Dorset County YFC Rally Winners for that year. Competitions include cookery competitions, handicraft tasks to practical tasks including tractor driving, tie down a load of straw, how many can you fit etc and the traditional competition of tug of war to finish it off, most of the competitions are competitions which you do prior to the event with the practical tasks on the day. Overall the rally is a great day full of laughter, and gives everyone a chance to show off their teamwork within each individual
South West Area Weekend
Annual Event in March
In March members aged 16 years upwards are able to attend the South West Area Weekend. The venue for this event moves round on a 3 year basis, venues being, Weymouth, Newquay and Weston Super Mare. At this weekend a lot of our competitions take place to see who is going forward to the National Competitions, competitions include sports, entertainments, dancing, reading, public speaking etc. Not only do our members get a chance to compete but they also get a chance to let their hair down and enjoy the evening events, which can be themed from black tie dress and fancy dress (topic changes yearly). It is also a great opportunity for our members to meet other members in the South West Area. It is an extremely well attended event.
SWA Junior Weekend
Annual Event in August
Junior SWA is a chance for our younger members aged 10-18 to attend their very own SWA Weekend, which is currently being held at Brecon Beacons. It gives our younger members a chance to make friends from different Counties and is a great team building weekend. As this is an activities weekend members get a chance to take part in many activities from team building weekend, water sports and climbing activities. It is a great for all juniors in this particular age range and it is extremely well attended and books up quickly!!