The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) are on the countdown to their hosting of Rural Youth Europe’s annual European Rally in the summer of 2016.
A team of four selected members led by the YFCU president Roberta Simmons recently returned from this year’s rally which was held in Austria.
They were accompanied on their return journey with the commemorative and highly prestigious rally bell which is handed over at a closing ceremony with great fanfare to the forthcoming host and is the first real sign that the Ulster Rally 2016 is fast approaching.
The European Rally is one of numerous events and seminars organised under the over arching umbrella organisation known as Rural Youth Europe.
RYE has 22 member organisations in 18 European countries and represents the interests of approximately 500,000 young people living in rural areas across the breadth of Europe.
The rally each year is hosted by a different country within the organisation and the theme is selected by the host in order to be suitably representative of their communities and everyday life for their young people.
The theme which has been chosen by the YFCU is “Bridging diversity, Growing together” and the event in the first week of August 2016 shall be organised with this as a consistent theme throughout all activities and visits.
The YFCU are already well underway in terms of initial preparations and planning with a ‘prep’ committee in place made up of experienced young farmers.
The committee have an array of varying qualities and expertise which shall all be crucial in the organising of such a prestigious and considerable event.
Co Antrim member Janette Stirling has been appointed as the Rally 2016 chairperson and accompanied by YFCU exchange co-ordinator Sara Baxter, they have also recently returned from Rally 2015 in order to attain details to help with the event which will be based in Greenmount College, Antrim.
During the week long rally the YFC shall be welcoming approximately 100 young rural dwellers from 20 different European organisations. What an opportunity to showcase all that is so good about the Young Farmer Clubs of Ulster, the wider rural communities and Northern Ireland as a whole.
A considerable event such as this of course requires substantial resources and the YFC are currently on the lookout for businesses that would be keen to act as sponsorship partners.
The YFCU are extremely excited about the forthcoming twelve months and members can expect to see the rally bell being transported around the province as the prepare for this major event.