Inspirational Club of the Year 2023

The Rural Youth Europe Awards are all about showcasing the very best of our member organisations, giving them a platform to gain visibility for their project at a European level. This year we had entries from all corners of Europe, showcasing the very best of rural youth.

This year we had three categories, inspirational club of the year, inspirational person of the year and project of the year. Find out more below about the winners and runners up for the Inspirational Club of the Year Award.

This award is for an exceptional club that has set an example to others and has been truly inspirational in their actions and support to their members or local community.

Winner: Pontfaen Young Farmers Club from Wales YFC

From an illuminated tractor run raising over £5,000 for charity, to featuring on national news to highlight the importance of young people in rural communities. This club has had an incredibly packed program of activities that has made a profound impact on young people and the local community.

The club was nominated by Sian Healey. She says: “Throughout the past year, our 73 members have achieved remarkable milestones and made a significant impact on young people and the local community.

“Our club’s dedication to community engagement goes beyond specific events. We have organised a diverse range of activities, including a Fun Day, Bonfire & Fireworks, Quiz Night, Concert, Race Night, and Summer Fling. These events have brought our community together, fostering a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and shared experiences.

“In conclusion, our Illuminated Tractor & 4×4 Run club has mesmerized audiences and made a profound impact on young people and the local community. Through fundraising, mental health support, community engagement, and our dedication to helping children understand difficult situations, we embody the qualities of an inspirational club.”

Runner up: Clonakilty Macra – Macra Na Feirme (Ireland)

Through active participation in personal development activities, sports and community engagement, Clonakilty Macra ignites a sense of inspiration and empowerment among their members.

Clonakilty’s Chairperson Niall O’Leary says: “Community engagement is a cornerstone of Clonakilty Macra’s mission. The club actively participates in initiatives such as fundraising for local charities, helping at community events, agricultural shows, stewarding at parades, supporting and promoting the beauty of the local area through Tidy Towns, supporting charitable causes, and volunteering as officers in the Carbery Macra Regional executive.

“Clonakilty Macra members exemplify the spirit of active citizenship and inspire others to get involved in their community and in Macra.”

Runner up: Staļģenes Mazpulks – Latvian 4H

This small group is involved in all of their parish events, including environmental lectures and forest days, as well as community projects such as the creation of a cycling track.

Rita Lineja says: “Staļģenes Mazpulks has been operating in Jaunsvirlaukas parish for 25 years. During these years, the countryside children have had a good opportunity to spend their free time in a meaningful, interesting, and educational way not only during the school year, but also during the summers.

“The parish administration supports the activities of the Staļģenes mazpulks because they see “the fruits” of youngsters work every day.”


During the Closing Ceremony of this year’s European Rally, we also announced the winners of the Inspiring Person of the Year and the Project of the Year award. Find out more about them in our latest blog posts and upcoming podcast episodes!