Massey Ferguson gave its full support to an action-packed weekend of outdoor activities and personal development for junior members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) from the south-west counties of England.
The South-West Area Junior Activities Weekend is one of the largest events organised by YFC members in the South West Area of the Federation that is aimed specifically at members aged under-18. More than 90 junior members aged 10 to 17 travelled to Acorn Adventure, Llangorse in the Brecon Beacons to test their mettle in a range of pursuits including kayaking, zip wire and raft building.
“Watching a group of young people grow and develop is a truly magical thing and this trip is essential to providing them with a stimulating environment away from the hustle and bustle of normal life,” comments Ben Cavill, Junior Vice Chairman, from the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC), who organised the weekend.
“The support from Massey Ferguson for the second successive year contributes to this wonderful platform where the younger generation of the YFC movement and wider agricultural community can flourish. MF’s sponsorship also means that the trip remains affordable and accessible to members,” he adds.
Speaking about the event, Claudia Edyvean, aged 16 from Cornwall FYFC, remarked: “So many doors have opened for me since attending the weekend and I have challenged myself to do things I would never have done.” Fellow participant, Joe Wood, 14 from Somerset FYFC, said: “Canoeing on the lake and gliding down the zip-wire was lots of fun. We were in mixed groups from across the six counties so it was a good opportunity to meet new people.”
“This is a super event for junior young farmers and a highlight in their calendar,” comments Lindsay Haddon, Massey Ferguson Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager. “It’s a great occasion for junior members to widen their horizons, develop new skills and have fun away from the home environment. This is one of many YFC events Massey Ferguson supports across the five nations. The company is deeply committed to encouraging interest in farming and the agricultural sector, and supporting young people to develop a career in the industry.”
Massey Ferguson offers a full-line of products and services including tractors, combine harvesters, balers, hay & forage tools and materials handling equipment. The brand is a highly-active supporter of young enterprise in agriculture and is a principal sponsor of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and Ulster and Macra YFC.