County Antrim YFC launches virtual best club challenge

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As Young Farmers’ Clubs continue to embrace a virtual way of working, County Antrim YFC set members a virtual challenge to find the best club in the county.

Clubs were asked to create a video highlighting what young farmers is about, club activities, charity work and what makes their club the best.

YFCU President Zita McNaugher had the difficult task of choosing the winner, with congratulations going to Ahoghill YFC, which was crowned the best club in County Antrim.

Following its County success, Ahoghill went on to win the YFCU YF Sees You challenge.

A special mention also to the following clubs that were selected as finalists in the competition: Lisnamurrican, Finvoy, Kilraughts, Moycraig and Straid.

Eco clubs is a big part of club programmes and County Antrim YFC is delighted to announce that Lisnamurrican YFC has become the first non-school organisation in Northern Ireland to achieve the Green Flag Award.

Members received their Green Flag from Agricultural Minister Edwin Poots during a visit to Crumlin YFC member Leah Steeles farm.

Mr Poots was very interested in hearing what the club had done to achieve this award and the importance of the grassroots challenge to the YFCU.

The County Seat challenge is a well-known tradition of County Antrim YFC and this year Lisnamurrican YFC challenged current seat holders Randalstown YFC to a socially distanced race up Slemish.

Following a tight race and video finish, Lisnamurrican YFC took the win and is the new seat holders.

Charity spirit continued for members as they dusted off their trainers for the president’s Mood Walk. Zita McNaugher challenged members to walk 5km and donate £5 to Aware, the YFCU charity for the year.

Earlier this year County Antrim YFC held its annual Big Night in the Tullyglass Hotel, which took the form of a charity boxing night.

A huge thank-you to all who competed, organised, sponsored and attended this event and helped raise £2,585 for Clic Sargent.

Well done to all County Antrim YFC members who competed in the virtual Demonstration & Presentation competition. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

14-16: 2nd place, Lois McCurdy, Moycraig YFC;

16-18: 1st place, Kerry Jamieson, Kilraughts YFC;

21-25: 3rd place, Gail McCullough, Lisnamurrican YFC;

25-30: 1st place, Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC.

Members are hoping to continue their competition success as they prepare for public speaking and floral art heats.

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