Opportunities for Young People


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Many young people are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programmes, such as, RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary clubs also promote competitions, such as Young Chef, Young Writer and Young Photographer at local, area and then onto national levels.  

Elgin Rotary Club will continue to sponsor candidates to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), will hold their annual Primary School Quiz and hope to develop further our own local Elgin Rotary Leadership Initiative (ERLI) to include additional schools to provide young people with this valuable training opportunity.


Rotary Club of Elgin will continue to work with our sponsor club Rotaract Moray.  Rotaract Moray was founded in June 2010, and since then we've gone from strength to strength!  Always looking for new projects to work on and community events to take part in.

Rotaract is an opportunity to be part of a fun, dynamic and unique International organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that will enable you to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others.

Rotaract meetings on the first and third Monday of every month at 7:15pm, the venue can change, however please contact Rotaract directly by e-mail at morayrotaract@live.com or visit morayrotaract.org for more information.

Rotaract Moray had pleasure in organising a community concert of ‘A Night at the Musicals’ recently in a local church hall. Working alongside local musicians, dancers and theatrical groups we put on a concert and performed it to over three hundred audience members.


The aim of the concert was to provide an activity for local vulnerable and elderly groups and charities to come along and enjoy an afternoon away from their usual surroundings; allocating 118 tickets amongst the groups. On the day we were also able to provide free refreshments including tea, coffee, juice and biscuits thanks for local bakers and Scotmid Community Grants.


All members of Rotaract thoroughly enjoyed putting on the performance. ‘It was an absolute pleasure putting on the community concert; to see the smiles on the audience faces was heart-warming’ said Rotaract members.


In order to cover the costs of the community performance we put on a further two public performances where we sold tickets to over 200 people. Not only did we cover costs we also raised in the region of £2000 in profit, which was something we did not expect. The monies are being donated between Local Rotaract charities.


The club are delighted to be able to offer a portion of the money towards start-up costs of a Local Rotaract kids group which is in the process of being set up.




Elgin Rotary now support two Rotakids Clubs at New Elgin and Knockando Primary Schools.

Refer our Related pages to see what they have been up to!


Young Chef

We believe it is important to encourage and develop creativity in young people and that includes creativity in the kitchen. Cooking amongst young people is a growing interest and a valuable life skill. Schools seem to agree and the Rotary Young Chef competition goes from strength to strength each year producing some superb quality cooking from young people aged 11 to 17. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel.  This four stage national competition aims to encourage development of cookery skills. Young people learn to:

  • Cook a healthy meal
  • Develop food presentation skills
  • Consider food hygiene issues
  • Develop organisational and planning skills
  • Develop ability to cope in a demanding situation

The competition is open to all students in full time education between the ages of 11 – 17.

(Information Pack 2017/18Guidance Notes 2017/18,  2017/18 Poster – temporarily unavailable) below

Young Chef Info Pack 2017.doc

Young Chef Guidance Notes 2017.doc


Who can take part?

This competition is open to all students in full time education between ages 11 and 17 on 31 August 2017.  Students who are in part-time (day release) education are not eligible to take part. The qualifying criteria of all entrants in the National final will be rigorously checked; any entrant who does not meet the above conditions will not be allowed to take part.

Local Heat for Young Chef Competition will take place in the Beechtree Restaurant at Moray College on Tuesday 21st November 2017

The North final will take place in Aberdeen on 20/01/2018

2017/18 Competition - Local Heats News

This years local heats very worthy winner with a menu of Red pepper humous, Chicken garam Masala and tropical cheesecake was CHRISTY LAWRENCE of Elgin Academy, Christy has since taken part in the Area Final in Aberdeen on 20th January.

Young Writer

This year’s Young Writer competition provides an opportunity for the young people of District 1010 to put their skills to the test.  The theme for 2017 is "A Different Perspective" and the task is to produce a written or typed story or poem on this theme.   An A4 sheet or 500 words is a suggested suitable submission. 

Essential Information

Deadlines -  The deadline for the return of submissions is 07/03/2018

Age Groups - Junior 7 to 10, Intermediate 11 to 13, Senior 14 to 17, (Age as at 31/8/2017)


Entry and full details can be found in the attached information pack


Entry Deadline 20th March 2018


Young Photographer

Photography is a talent and an ever popular art form.  

If as the saying goes “A picture paints a thousand words” then surely this is a skill that Rotarians should be encouraging young people to develop.  This year’s Young Photographer competition with the theme “A Different Perspective”provides an excellent opportunity to clubs to do this.  

This year the entry requirements are to produce a portfolio of three (3) photographs of “Reflection” in colour or black and white on photographic paper. Each print, including any mount, to be no larger than A4. 

Essential Information

Deadlines - TBC

Age Groups - Junior 7 to 10,  Intermediate 11 to 13, Senior 14 to 17 (Age as at 31/8/2017.)


Entry and full details can be found in the attached information pack



Entry Deadline 20th March 2018

Primary Schools Quiz

Primary Schools Quiz is a competition for Primary 7 Pupils. Elgin Rotary invite schools within their catchment area (Elgin, Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Burghead, Lhanbryde, Mosstowie...) to take part in a Quiz. The date and venue are still to be set.

Guidelines for the Quiz can be found below, if your school is interested in submitting a team and you don't already have a pack please check with your administration team or make contact via the page contact below.


Local Heat of Primary School Quiz Competition at East End Primary School (10 schools participating)

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Area Final of Primary School Quiz at Elgin High School  - Wednesday 18 April 2018

The District Final will be held on Saturday 9th June at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.

2017/18 Competition - Local Heats News

The eight competing schools Bishopmill, Burghead, East End, Hopeman, Hytehill, New Elgin, Saint Gerardines and West End enjoyed a fun and competitive evening with a wide range of questions asked by Rotarian Quizmaster Lorna Williamson.

All the teams were well supported by teachers and family and they all did exceptionally well with the New Elgin team becoming the worthy winners.



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