Bad behaviour from young farmers has put an end to annual conventions which have been going for 50 years.

The Board of Management of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) announced on July 28, 2018 that the Federation would no longer hold the Annual Convention for its members.

Following a review, it was agreed that the successes and celebrations inside the event venue are being overshadowed by incidents taking place outside of the organised official NFYFC activities.

The Annual Convention was originally created to showcase the achievements of members, hold national competition finals and to host its Annual General Meeting.

After 50 years of hosting the event, the Board believes it is time to refresh its offer to members and to bring its programme of activities more in line with its charitable aims to meet the needs of rural young people.

Both Blackpool and Torquay have hosted the conventions.

The decision comes as the organisation moves to become a Charitable Company, which involves a complete review of its governance and structure.

At the same time NFYFC will continue to work with the membership to develop a new five-year strategic plan to ensure the organisation is relevant for rural young people today and in the future. This will create a programme of activities that delivers skills for life and helps young people aged 10 to 26 to achieve their full potential.


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