Our clubs

Kent YFC consists of seven school clubs and 11 open clubs spread across the county.

Open clubs

Ashford and District

 

Ashford YFC meet every Wednesday evening, usually at around 8pm. Led by members Ashford provides 16 to 26 year olds in and around the Ashford area with a vibrant and friendly social network, a wealth of new experiences, and plenty of opportunities to learn new skills, work with the local community and take part in a variety of sports and competitions. 

 

E: ashford@kentyfc.co.uk

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Canterbury

 

Canterbury YFC meets every Thursday, normally around 8pm. Meetings are usually based around Bridge, but the club travels all over as far as Ripple, Whitstable, Brabourne and Faversham. The average age of the club is around 15 to 17, with youngest members around 13. The club has an extremely varied programme packed with visits and trips, each week a text is sent to members and the group Facebook page is also updated every Tuesday with what the club is up to and where they will be meeting.

 

E: canterbury@kentyfc.co.uk

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Cobtree

 

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, ME14 3AU

Cobtree meets every Saturday from 10am until 4pm with a two week break over Christmas. The average age of members is 10-18 years old. The club helps out with the feeding and cleaning of the Kent Life animals but will soon be setting up its own facility on site. The club also arranges trips to other farms and arrange an array of social events, such as tenpin bowling.

 

E: cobtree@kentyfc.co.uk

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Jeskyns

 

Jeskyns Community Woodland in Cobham, DA12 3AN

Warren Farm in Shorne, DA12 3ED

Jeskyns YFC meets weekly on Saturdays, either in Cobham or Shorne. The club closes for 3 weeks during the Christmas holiday and winter meetings are normally shorter than the summer sessions. As an open club members range from ages 10 – 26, with average age of current members being 13-14. Activities include animal husbandry and handling, conservation tasks and education. Members are offered a variety of educational visits and activities throughout the year. Jeskyns is all about having fun with like minded people!

 

E: jeskynsyfcleader@yahoo.com 

T: 07746913077

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North Downs

 

Aged between 15 and 26 and from the Maidstone area? Then give North Downs Young Farmers’ Club a go!

North Downs meet regularly in and around the Maidstone and Malling areas and always welcome new members! Last year events ranged from discos, bowling, talks, walks, model making and team building adventures to borrowing and showing animals at the Kent County Show. The club regularly enter the Maidstone River Festival raft race - we've even won it once or twice too! The club's events programme is diverse and has something for everyone.

 

To get in touch please email Jake Starling, club chair: E: northdowns@kentyfc.co.uk

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SWAN

 

Ashford, TN24 0BB

SWAN Farm YFC is located in South Willesborough, a green oasis in the Heart of bustling and growing town. SWAN is an open club with its own land and animals, open every Satruday and Sunday from 12 till 4 to members aged between 10 & 26. SWAN members take part in a range of weekly and annual activities including the general maintenance of the farm and animal husbandry, Kent County Show, Edenbridge and Oxted Show, Ashford Livestock Market Fatstock Show, KFYFC training days, Fundraising events and much, much more. SWAN Farm is currently a member of the Jacob Sheep Society and has a flock of 8 pedigree breeding Jacob ewes and 4 pedigree Jacob lambs, plus Olympus a 3 year old Ram. The farm also has a number of pure bred Romney sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbis and Turkeys are also kept on a seasonal basis.

 

E: swan@kentyf.co.uk

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Vigo

 

Vigo Rugby Club, DA13 0UA

Vigo is an open club for ages 16-26 based in Vigo, Kent. Meeting every Wednesday at Vigo Rugby Club the programme covers all sort of experiences from agricultural farm trips and animal handling, to social nights out to the cinema and bowling. As a young farmer you can get involved with quiz nights, fundraising, the Kent County Show and lots, lots more! Vigo is a club run by its members, for it’s members so if you want to meet lots of new people and have a laugh then come along to Vigo Young Farmers as being part of Kent YFC means there are plenty of events to meet loads of new people and get involved.

 

E: vigo@kentyfc.co.uk

T: 07766 305 063

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School clubs

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College

 

Hythe, CT21 4HL

BPPAC Farm is part of Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, a secondary school with a rural dimension. The farm is integrated into the whole school curriculum and is integral in the delivery of the BTEC Diploma in Animal Care. Brockhill Young Farmers’ Club has over 60 active members who feed and clean out the animals before and after school and meet weekly to learn about animal welfare, husbandry and show technique. Members show the farm’s animals annually at the Kent County Show in July and the Ashford Fatstock Show in December. Club members also host public events on the farm such as Lambing Day in the Spring and Carols with the Animals at Christmas time.

 

E: farm@brockhill.kent.sch.uk

T: 01303 265521

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Homewood

 

Tenterden, TN30 6LT

The Farm is an educational facility used by the schools popular Young Farmers Club who work towards yearly shows and events. Teaching pupils about Environmental and Conservation issues the farm also incorporates Science, Geography, English and Maths subjects when using the facilities. The Farm is also open to the community, for educational or pleasure visits and on open days such as the popular lambing days in the spring.

 

T: 01580 764222

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High Weald Academy

 

Cranbrook, TN17 2PJ

A small self-funded mixed livestock farm based on The High Weald Academy school in Cranbrook, Kent. The club has a flock of sheep, two gilts due to have pigglets soon, commercial cattle which are sponsored, chickens, rabbits and guernsey cattle.

The farm is based within the school and used for educational purposes but the club also has its own show team, which shows successfully against professional farmers at local shows.

 

T: 01580 712 754

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Kent College

 

Canterbury, CT2 9DT

There has been a farming club at Kent College since 1953, and current pupils maintain an active and enthusiastic group today. The Young Farmers' Club is open to any member of Kent College Senior and Junior Schools and activities are available to suit all tastes (even 'fair-weather' farmers!).

 

T: 01227 763231

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New Line Learning

 

Maidstone, ME15 9QL

New Line Learning Academy Farm is a working farm unit about three miles to the south of Maidstone. NLL currently owns and keeps on site cattle, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese, which are looked after and cared for by the Young Farmers. The farm unit is run as a Trust which works in partnership with the school, but it still needs significant resources to keep running successfully.

 

E: lorraine.dent@futureschoolstrust.com

T: 01622 743286

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The North School

 

Ashford, TN24 8AL

The North School Farm began life as a wartime garden in the 1930s and has been used for generations to teach young people in the community about horticulture, agriculture and animal care. New farm buildings and modern facilities enable us to offer a whole range of educational activities for other schools and community groups. The school has a wide range of livestock, and as well as traditional farm animals it also has alpacas and reptiles. The North School has a thriving Young Farmers’ Club who attend shows throughout the year showcasing their skills in animal husbandry.

 

E: vweeks@north.kent.sch.uk

T: 01233 614600

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Westlands

 

Sittingbourne, ME10 1PF

Small livestock farm, with classroom, used for showing and meat production. Sheep and chickens used in Rural Science Lessons. Greenhouse cultivation of garden plants and salad and vegetables in season.

 

T: 01795 477475

E: mho@westlands.kent.sch.uk

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