On the 8th April, the Eccleshall Young Farmers Club (YFC) Jump Rope team set out on a trip to Worcestershire for the West Midlands Area Sports Competitions Day, in an attempt to qualify for the National Finals of the Jump Rope, which is held at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) AGM in Blackpool in May.
It has been a testing time over the last few months following the team’s success at the County Round, after crucial member of the team, Dan Moseley suffered a serious neck injury and was therefore unable to take part in any further competitions.
As a group, including the other three members of the team William Massie, Sally Tyler and Sammie Wilson were determined not to give up and therefore asked a fellow Eccleshall member to step in after showing his skipping skills. The members were very lucky that the farrier extraordinaire and current Club Treasurer, Tom Westwell agreed to join the team and then the hard work started. By the time the West Midlands Area competition came around, they had been practicing hard for approximately six weeks and were starting to build confidence.
Sunday 8th April arrived and it was their time to shine. Sally, Sammie, Will and Tom were pleased with their overall performance and thankful to fellow Eccleshall members that came to support and cheer them on.
Sammie Wilson said
“We look forward to practicing the next few weeks and heading to Blackpool to compete against the other qualifying teams. Plenty of cheering on the day of the competition at AGM will be much appreciated so come and support the Staffordshire team!”