Young people throughout Wales travelled to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground in Llanelwedd for the Wales YFC Festival of Public Speaking that took place on Sunday the 26th of March.

The Festival is an opportunity for members to compete in a wide range of styles through the medium of Welsh and English to improve their reading skills, expressing their opinion, debating and discussing topics. Once again the competition was fierce and the standard high with results being close amongst the counties.

Members demonstrated their skills in public speaking through a variety of competitions, including; Brainstrust, Call my Bluff, Debating and Junior Reading. There were also opportunities for members to compete in a Situations Vacant competition, that helps develop young people’s interviewing skills.  The final competition of the day was the street dance competition. After a long day of competing, the results of the Welsh Public Speaking Section are as follows:

9th Brecknock

8th Meirionnydd

7th Clwyd

=5th Eryri

= 5th Ynys Mon

4th Montgomery

3rd Pembrokeshire

=1st Carmarthenshire

=1st Ceredigion

And the final results for the English Public Speaking Section are as follows:

English Section Results:

9th Clwyd

8th Glamorgan

7th Montgomery

6th Radnor

5th Ceredigion

=3rd Gwent

=3rd Brecknock

2nd Carmarthenshire

1st Pembrokeshire

Following the event, Endaf Griffiths, Wales YFC’s Senior Member of the Year 2023-24, said: “This was my first event as Wales YFC’s Senior Member of the Year and, sadly, my last Public Speaking Competitions event as a member. Yes, I really am a ‘senior member’!

“It was a successful day that saw members from all over Wales come together to develop that all important life skill – public speaking.

“On a personal note, it was a pleasure to be a member of the winning team in the Welsh Senior Debate competition alongside two fellow members of Ceredigion YFC (and Pontsiân YFC!) – Cennydd Jones and Naomi Nicholas-Jones – as well as the English senior team with the same two and Emily Lloyd-Williams.

“Well done to every member who competed on the day and thanks to the trainers for all their work and support over the past few weeks.”

Wales YFC would like to both Congratulate and extend their thanks to everyone involved, especially to the Judges, Stewards, members and coaches for giving of their time and for making the event the success that it was.