NYFTE is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. When an individual joins the team, their parents / carers make a substantial financial commitment to cover the expenses associated with attending the various training and performance events. With the exception of the team membership fee paid by the family of each team member, the money NYFTE receives from parents generally does not provide any income for the organisation itself. There are considerable costs associated with running the team, including:


  • Costumes (procurement, maintenance and replacement of T-shirts, jumpers, skirts, rag jackets, sashes, bells etc.)
  • Equipment (swords, sticks, clogs, music stands, boards)
  • First aid supplies and training
  • Amplification equipment (procurement, maintenance, transportation)
  • Van storage, maintenance and fuel
  • Printing of programmes, timetables and teaching materials. 
  • Tutor and team organisers expenses (e.g., travel)
  • A proportion of training and performance event costs so parents do not have to foot the entire bill. 
  • Video conferencing fees, which enable us to host our committee meetings and AGM online.


The majority of fundraising takes place at performance events NYFTE attends through collections and the sale of merchandise. NYFTE is fortunate enough to have the backing of some very generous supporters, both individuals and organisations (including social dance clubs), a number of whom are mentioned on the Supporters page. In 2022, the creation of the Family Support Fund following a generous bequest, provides financial assistance to the families of team members who would otherwise struggle to attend NYFTE events. Another way to support NYFTE financially is by becoming an associate member, an educational member or a corporate member. For more information about becoming a member, or to find out where to send a donation, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Recent News


Many congratulations to the NYFTE Longsword team that came runners up in the 2023 SDU sword dance competition. Read more here.  



The NYFTE and Friends ceilidh we hosted in Bakewell Town Hall on the 16th July 2023 has been nominated by Buxton Fringe Festival in recognition of excellence! Read more here.  




On the 11th March 2023 NYFTE entered three teams into the DERT and DERTy competitions, this year held in Rochdale. Everyone involved had an amazing day, and the teams came home with four trophies! Read more here.  

Autumn Newsletter 2023
News and updates from the team about our activities this year.
Autumn 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB

Our leaflet

The NYFTE leaflet
An explanation about NYFTE, what we do and why.
Handout 2020 (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB