Wales’ young farmers’ clubs are busy preparing for both the English and Welsh competitions weekends that will be held at the end of February and beginning of March.

Both weekends will host public speaking competitions along with a drama competition.

The drama competition had been held for a number of years and is one example of how the organisation succeeds in encouraging young people to take part in something that they would not usually do.

“The drama competition gives all our members an equal opportunity,” said Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international chairman.

“They don’t have to be on stage acting one of the main parts to play a key role in the panto. The contribution and devotion of those busy with the wardrobe and make up, lighting, designing and creating the set is just as important.”

“Remember that many of the dramas will be performed back in the clubs’ local communities as well as at the competitions held at county and Wales level.

“This means that dozens of village halls across Wales will be buzzing thanks to the enthusiasm of our members and their willingness to give their time for the benefit of others.” In the public speaking competitions, which have a strong tradition and reputation, members of all ages will compete against each other in a number of competitions, ranging from the junior reading competition to the debating competition.

Members will take part in regional heats at county level with the winners going on to represent their county in the Wales final.

The Wales YFC Welsh drama competition will take place on February 26th and 27th at Neuadd Aberdyfi, Aberdyfi, with the Welsh public speaking competitions taking place at Tywyn High School, Tywyn.

The Wales YFC English drama competition will take place on March 5th and 6th at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, with the English public speaking competitions taking place at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.