Club focus: Cookstown YFC

Members of Cookstown YFC taking part as a club in the YFCU Junior Exchange last year to Todds Leap, Dungannon.
Members of Cookstown YFC taking part as a club in the YFCU Junior Exchange last year to Todds Leap, Dungannon.

As a new competition year begins for the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, YFCU communications coordinator, Anna Laverty, caught up with Cookstown YFC’s secretary, Kirsten Henry, to discuss the club’s first meeting of the competition year.

Cookstown Young Farmers’ Club is situated in Co Tyrone. Anyone between the ages of 11-30 years are welcome to join the club on their first club meeting of the year, Tuesday 8th September, where an ‘ice breaker’ event will take place for new members.

Q: Kirsten a new year of competitions will soon be under way what will be your first act as a club?

A: This year’s first activities will be our ice breaker night where new members and present members will compete in games and activities, in teams throughout the night. Our icebreaker evenings are great for new members as they are able to see all the fun that Cookstown YFC have.

Q: If you could tell a new member about an aspect of Cookstown YFC to encourage them to join your club what would it be?

A: Our club is one where rural youth can come together and take part in unique opportunities such as farm walks, nights away with their county and club as well as taking part in central competitions with a range from floral art to tag rugby, public speaking to sheep shearing and so much more! So if you are in a rural community in Co Tyrone aged between 11-30 years with an interest in rural life, our club is the club for you.

Q: There are loads of central competitions, as you said, for members to take part in. Which are Cookstown YFCs favourite to participate in?

A: This year our club is looking forward, in particular, to competing in the public speaking, floral art and stockjudging competition simply because they are such a diverse range of competitions and mean our members get something out of each of them.

Q: As well as taking part in central competitions and getting involved with your club members, have you got plans to interact with the rest of the clubs in your county?

A: Yes Anna, we hope to get more involved with our county this year and have club exchange nights so that our members can get to know the wider community of young farmer’s clubs within Co Tyrone and make the most of every opportunity for our club.

Q: Thanks for the opportunity to chat to you Kirsten about Cookstown YFC and your upcoming competition year. Could you describe the members of Cookstown YFC in one sentence?

A: Our club and members are welcoming, friendly and above all great craic.

If you would like to go along to Cookstown YFC’s ice breaker evening you can contact club secretary, Kirsten Henry, telephone: 07716183312.

Alternatively, if you are interested in finding out information on any of the clubs within YFCU you can use the ‘club finder’ on the associations website: which has contact details for each club.