Suffolk Young Farmers Clubs are part of a national organisation of approximately 20,000 members. We currently have 7 clubs operating throughout Suffolk, with our junior clubs catering to the 10-16 age range and our senior clubs, the 16 – 30 age range.
What has YFC got to offer?
Visit the Website at the National Federation to access information about forthcoming events, reports and photos on previous YFC activities and now you’re a member you can have access to the members only pages and find out even more!! To go to National click on NFYFC
YFC is and will continue to be an organisation to which members are proud to belong. It aims to be a safe environment in which members can have fun, make friends, learn and achieve.
The organisation will continue to be member-led and will aim to deliver excellent services for all young people with an interest in the countryside, wherever they live and whatever their background.
YFC will manage people and resources, throughout the organisation, so that we can effectively support members and their Clubs. Clubs and County Federations deliver services, experiences and opportunities and are supported by a regional structure, with strategic direction and assistance from the national organisation.
Why Join Suffolk YFC?
Want to get involved in a club that’s run by people just like you? Want to have a laugh and meet lots of new friends? Want to put something back into the community and feel good about yourself and your achievements? Want to learn some new things and find some new challenges? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’d better read on!
YFC gives you a chance to do all of those things and lots more, too. It’s run by its members for its members and that means you really can have your say and make a difference to yourself and others. Life in YFC is always fun – it doesn’t matter if you just interested in the social side of club life or want to get involved in community and environmental issues – it’s all about meeting new friends and enjoying yourself.
There’s no set agenda, activities vary from club to club, but we can guarantee that you’ll have the chance to do all the things you want to do through the national activities programme. Some clubs focus more on the social side of life, others have a strong community focus. It’s up to each club’s members to decide what they are all about and what they enjoy doing – it’s a team thing!
So, you’ve got this far, you must be wondering what kind of things we get up to…
We’ll give you an overview here, but when you’ve finished this bit, why don’t you click on the other headings to the left of your screen and go and read a bit more?
The variety of things you can get involved in is huge. It may be pub quizzes, scratch and sniff nights (yes, we do mean scratch and sniff – everything from Bovril to silage on occasions!), ten pin bowling, tug of war, casino nights, discos, dances, pub crawls, team building events, international travel (fancy a trip to New Zealand? Our international exchange programme can take you anywhere you want to go), community projects, fundraising events… need we go on?
Basically YFC life is fantastic! Of course we might be biased, so why don’t you check it out for yourself? Before you leave our web site, just go to the contact us section and go for it!
What our Junior Clubs have to offer…
If you’re between 10 and 16, you can get involved in one of our Junior Clubs. They’ll give you a taste of what’s to come when you’re older and give you the opportunity to enter loads of competitions or just have fun with your friends!
We have five Junior Clubs in Suffolk, Blackbourn Valley, Brett Valley, Deben Valley, Gipping Valley and Lark Valley. Each of the clubs meet in their various locations and times but whichever club you choose, you can be certain of having a great time with loads of other people your own age.
Junior Clubs are pretty much the same as senior clubs, with lots of opportunities to have fun and get involved in things that interest you. Meetings involve anything from a circus workshop where you could learn how to be a juggler to a farm visit! Or you could do some wall climbing if you’re feeling adventurous!
In Suffolk we try to get the junior and senior clubs together whenever possible including the team building day and the county quiz not to mention our Rally in May, but there is always room for more interaction so if you have any great ideas to ‘mix it up a little’ then don’t forget to let us know.
Junior Clubs also get involved in some real ‘hands-on’ stuff in the countryside. You can help with a variety of conservation projects – you might put your hand to some fence or nest box building, or perhaps you’ll help clean up a pond to make sure it’s a suitable habitat for animal and plant life.
To find out more about our Junior Clubs look at the links on the map and look at any of the ‘valley’ clubs to see how you can get involved, alternatively, contact us, fill in the enquiry form and we’ll send you all the information you need!