Youth Service

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Youth Service Information

Please check dates via the District Website Home page / Events for any amendments.

For the latest information about dates of 2019-20 Youth Competitions and Activities click on or select the 'Dates for Diary ..' link below.

Dates for Diary 2019-20


These subpages are regularly updated, and will include contact details, and where known, entry deadline dates etc.


The updated Youth Competition information packs and guidance notes are annually uploaded to the RIBI website.

Rotarians: You can find the info packs & guidance notes for all the competitions here:

Log in to "My Rotary" will be needed to gain access.

If you have any queries you can also send an email to Shaun Ashworth, District Youth Service Chairman.

Youth Speaks

The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. It is a local and national competition which is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills.

This competition offers young people:

  • Experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team,
  • Discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time,
  • Impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators.

The competition is open to all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

The entry form for this year's competition will be forwarded to all participating clubs and schools, or can be downloaded here:

Key dates:

  • 5th October 2018:   Give schools information about heats at Club level, again working with other clubs if necessary, using RIBI Rules.
  • 31st October 2018: Notice of Participation to District Coordinator.
  • All entries to the district event coordinator, by 4th January 2019 but the final closing date for entries to this event will be 20th January 2019 and costs £40 per team paid by the local Rotary Club.
  • 2nd February 2019 District Finals – Windermere School, Patterdale Road, Windermere, The Lake District, LA23 1NW
  • 23rd March 2019 – Regional Final Host District 1180 Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH
  • 11th May 2019 RIBI Final The Rotary Showcase, Nottingham
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Young Writer

For full information and entry form select from the following links:

The topic for 2018-19 is: “My Inspiration”

Key dates

  • 2nd March 2019:  Date by which schools send entries to clubs.
  • 23rd March 2019:  Closing date for entries submitted to the district coordinator.
  • 6th April 2019:  District winners to Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland to be judged at national level.

Young Photographer

The topic for 2018-19 is: Beauty of Nature

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Key dates

  • 2nd March 2019: Closing date for Club level entries. Mobile phones can now be used – but must be printed.
  • 23rd March 2019: Closing date for entries to the district coordinator.
  • 6th April 2019: District winners to RIBI, to be judged at national level

Young Chef

This year we will be combining the two Lancashire and Cumbria clubs into one competition at District Level. Please contact your local High Schools as soon as possible to encourage their food technology teachers, who can run a local competition at their schools, so we can have a strong number of entry in our District final this year. All key dates are detailed below. It is suggested that the individual schools’ winners should be decided in late November early December. If you need help with judging or advice please let one of the organisers know.

A reminder that there is a £15.00 entry fee per competitor into the district final. The task is to create a three course meal for two people at a cost of up to £20 for ingredients, which is also funded by sponsoring rotary clubs .
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Key dates

  • Dec 2018: hold your Club heats to identify District Finalists
  • Thursday 7th Feb 2019: District Final at 4.00 p.m. for 4.30 p.m. The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, WINDERMERE, LA23 1HW
  • 16th March 2019: Regional Final Host District 1190 Kendal College, Milnthorpe Road, KENDAL LA9 5AY
  • 27th April 2019: RIBI Final Leeds City College, Printworks Campus, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JY

Young Musician

This year's entrance fee has been reduced and is now only £35 per entrant.

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Key dates

  • Jan 4th 2019: closing date for entries to District Organiser.
  • 9th Feb 2019: District Final, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Rd, Penrith CA11 7EG.
  • 23rd March 2019:  Regional Final, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 3NT
  • 4th May 2019: RIBI Final, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

Young Artist

This competition is for young people in District 1190 (Cumbria & Lancashire) and there will be no Regional Final or National Final.

Entrants are asked to submit one picture using any medium or combination of media e.g. Water colour, pencil, charcoal, pastels, collage, and acrylic. Pictures should be no larger than A1 size (594mm x 841mm) and can be on paper or canvas.

Each entrant must give a title to their work and may, if they wish, provide a description of no more than 50 words for their inspiration and how they have chosen to reflect the theme.

The topic for 2019-20 is: Through My Eyes

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Key dates
  • 2nd March 2019: Entries from school to clubs.
  • 23rd March 2019: Entries from clubs to District Organiser

Young Textile Technologist

This is the 6th year of this District competition and it is now open to the whole District, Cumbria & Lancashire. It is designed to complete competitions for the Design and Technology subjects taught in schools and should not just be aimed at Art/Textiles departments.

Competition Aims

  • To encourage students to enjoy designing and making using textile material.
  • To improve their designing and making skills and their confidence when using machinery.
  • To encourage more students to choose textiles as an exam subject at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and even A level where possible.
  • To encourage schools to continue teaching Textile Technology at all levels.

The theme for 2018-19 is: Beauty of Nature

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Key dates
  • 24th May 2019: Local heats to be completed by
  • 7th June 2019: Entries to District Organiser.
  • 25th June 2019: District Final, Lakes School, Windermere.

Rotary Technology Tournament

Technology Tournaments are one day events for multiple teams of four students to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by collectively solving a previously unseen technology task.

Rotary also offers Junior Technology Tournaments for younger pupils in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust.

Each team is required to design, develop, build and then test their solution, with the tournament offering a fun way to develop team building, communication and time management skills.

Competition date

  • 15th March 2019

Rotary Young Citizen Awards 2018-19

These awards recognise young people under the age of 25 who have demonstrated their commitment to citizenship, goodwill and understanding through various activities.

The awards can be for individuals or groups, for projects and initiatives that showcase positive citizenship and the important responsibilities assumed by young people.

Winners receive trophies and a £500 prize for their chosen charity.

Nominees do not necessarily have to be working on a Rotary project to be eligible, they just have to be recognised by a local Rotary club as worthy of nomination.

Rotary Young Citizen Awards - Rotary District 1190

The Guidance Pack and Nomination form for the 2018 awards can be downloaded here:

Youth Service pages:

Senior Winner - Alisha Naseem (Blackburn RC)

Young Artist - Results 2018 to 2019


Junior Technology Tournament


U12 5-a-side Football Tournament

Winners Archbishop Temple school



Interact Clubs


RYLA 2018/19

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Details available for 2019 week.

Group A 2015


RYPEN Information and Forms are on the website.

View from the Balcony of the Whole Event

Technology Tournament

Winner of the North West Regional Young Chef Final

Young Chef 2018-19


Young Photographer


Youth Speaks 2019-20

District Final 2018-19 Winning Teams & Individuals


Young Writer

Rotary Young Writer 2018 Results

District Winners and Runners-up

Young Musician

National & District 1190 Final Results 2018-19

Wheatley Lane




Rotary Young Citizen Awards


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