Young Farmers voted unanimously to elect world-renowned rugby union referee and TV presenter Nigel Owens MBE as the new President of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) in August.
Nigel, a fluent Welsh speaker from Carmarthenshire, is a Welsh international rugby union referee and a TV presenter on the S4C Welsh language chat shows. Nigel was officially elected as President at the Federation’s online Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26 August 2020, following the postponement of the original AGM at Stoneleigh in April due to Coronavirus.
As a former member of Llanarthne YFC, Nigel is no stranger to YFC. He held the positions of secretary and chairman for the club and was also a former President of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
Before becoming a professional rugby union referee, Nigel worked on a farm and also as a youth worker. He recently rekindled his farming career and now combines rugby refereeing with running his own farm near Llanelli.
Nigel said: “It is an honour to be elected as the President of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. I have been involved with the Welsh Federation for many years so it’s really exciting to now extend my experience to the wider organisation.
“I am passionate about farming and see YFCs as an important stepping-stone for many young people to start or further their careers in this industry. YFCs have a challenging year ahead with the impact of the pandemic changing the way they operate but I hope my election will offer some encouragement and enthusiasm for clubs.
“The lack of physical club meetings and the cancellation of rallies and county shows due to the pandemic will have had a significant impact on mental health. I know from my own experience of growing up in a rural area, just how important YFCs are for providing connections and combatting feelings of isolation – this is needed now more than ever.”
Nigel takes on the role of President following a two-year tenure in the post from Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith.
NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said: “We are delighted that Nigel Owens MBE has been elected as the new President of NFYFC and look forward to him representing YFC members across England and Wales.
“Nigel’s farming connections and his personal experience of being a member of a Young Farmers’ Club make him the perfect choice for our organisation. Nigel’s impressive career should inspire others from rural backgrounds to strive to achieve their best and we are very much looking forward to working with him.”