Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, YFCU communications coordinator, Anna Laverty, catches up with West Fermanagh YFC, to discuss the club’s plan for the new year.
Q: Hi Katie, we know West Fermanagh YFC is one of the newer clubs to join YFCU, in September 2014. Could you tell me a bit about your club and members?
A: Hi , our club is up and running a full year now and are starting up again now on Monday 14th September 2015 with our introduction and games night.
We currently have around 40-50 members and are very keen for any new members looking to join us.
Any enquiries do not hesitate to give either myself club secretary, Katie Clarke (07840614045) or our club leader, Jason Kerr (07564832639 ) a call or text.
Q: What has your club been up to over the summer months during your club down time ?
A: Back in July our club had a group of our members head of to Greenmount for the sheep, beef, silage and dairy finals where we had a number off members placing and doing the club very proud.
Our club also had the Co Fermanagh YFCU annual wet knock out at Fermanagh County Show where one of our teams came first in the knockout, again another proud moment for the club.
Q: What plans do you have for this year to make sure West Fermanagh YFC gets the most out of their YFCU experience?
This coming year, we have plenty of fun nights ahead such as a ‘Spooky Tour’ to the Ulster American Folk Park at Halloween, also we are planning on heading to the ‘Get your skates ready’ in Dundonald Ice Bowl just as a finishing up meeting before Christmas.
We meet back after Christmas on the 25th January 2016 for a trip to see ‘Life in the Army’ in the TA centre Enniskillen.
Q: Do you have plans to meet up with your fellow county clubs or those further afield? If so what do you plan to do?
Yes. We plan to have a ‘Get Bouncing’ inflatable games night with Lisbellaw YFC. Also Lisbellaw YFC have asked us back for a jiving night in January.
Q: What would you say is unique about your club to encourage new members to join West Fermanagh?
I would say our club is one of the only clubs with a secretary of 15 years old which shows that we give everyone a chance from the youngest in the club to the oldest and always push our members to compete in all activities and competitions and give everyone a fair chance.
Q: Has any one member in your club really flourished over the last year that you would like to mention?
I would say our club leader Jason Kerr is the main man. He has been a brilliant club leader since taking up his role back in January when we had our first AGM.
He has organised all the competitions and has offered to drive every night a competition/activity has been on. I don’t think the club would be in the shape it is without him and Jayne Little.
Q: What central competitions do you hope to get your club involved in this year, are there any in particular that you all enjoy?
We hope to get more of our members to take part in the stock judging competition and most definitely Trillick and District YFC’s wet knockout in May.
It was a brilliant success last year with one of our West Fermanagh teams placing as runner up. Also for more of our younger members to take part in the junior weekend which is always a brilliant success as well.
Q: Finally Katie, good luck for this competition year. Could you pinpoint the highlight for West Fermanagh YFC in the last year? Either a competition/event or activity the whole club got involved in?
Thank you, I would say our biggest highlight of our year was our car wash , cake sale and coffee morning back in May when we had a brilliant turnout and an absolutely amazing amount raised for our club funds.