Rotary works with young people in a variety of ways to develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to enjoy a greater awareness of the world about them.

Youth Services Chairman: Alistair Knox

RIBI Youth Competitions

Details of the many competitions run throughout the District, together with entry forms can be found on the RIBI web pages. Members of the Youth Services Committee will be pleased to help and support clubs throughout the District wishing to stage any of these activities. Contact details for the organiser of each Competition can be found below and examples of recent District successes can be found on the Related Pages.

Young Chef

For further details on how to enter and to see some of the skills and fun involved in this very popular competition  Read more.......

District Organiser: Keith Wetherell  (Ascot)

The District Final for this competition was held on 27 February at Garth Hill College, Bracknell. 



Youth Speaks

We have some fine young orators in the Thames Valley District, with a number of Regional winners, and this years District winners of both the Senior and Intermediate sections - Wycombe Abbey and Reading Blue Coat schools - triumphed again at the Regional finals

Stop Press! Reading Blue Coat School win Intermediate section of RIBI Youth Speaks finals at Preston on May 7!

District Organiser: Peter Bailey (Marlow)


Young Musician

Musical talent abounds in the Thames Valley and this competition celebrates the best of young Instrumentalists and Vocalists as two separate categories. Robert Cheung, a very talented classical pianist from Windsor won the National title in 2014, while Vocalist Florence Cain reached the National finals in 2015  First round heats are organised by a limited number of clubs, but include others in the area. Young Musicians looking for an opportunity near them should contact

District Organiser: Anne Coulson (Loddon Vale)

We are delighted to announce that our district has another National Winner! Competing against extremely talented musicians from all over the country, vocalist Isabel Irvine was crowned RIBI Young Musician 2016 (Vocalist section) at the national finals on 30 April in Telford 


Young Photographer & Young Writer

The theme this year for both these competitions is Our World is Beautiful, with Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Entries are invited from clubs organising these competitions to arrive for judging the District winners no later than 16 April. District winners were submitted for the National finals on 14 May 2016.

District Organiser: Pat Lattimer (Maidenhead)


Technology Tournaments

Designed to encourage students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, these tournaments are growing in popularity and are now accredited by the British Science Association CREST Discovery Award        Find out more........

District Organiser: Colin Wells (High Wycombe)

Rotary Award Schemes for Young People

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

An outdoor leadership and skill development course for selected 18-25 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their communities  Read all about it!

District Organiser: Carole Lowe (Reading)


Brian Middleton Award for Young Leaders with Additional Needs

Following several very successfull years, Thames Valley District is again seeking a candidate with physical or learning disabilities for a fully-funded four day course at the award-winning Calvert Trust on Exmoor this September. See full details here.....

District Organiser: Christine Bailie (Misbourne Matins)


Young Citizens Awards with the BBC News Channel

Each year, Rotary in Britain and Ireland invite nominations of exceptional young people who have made a real difference to other people's lives for their Young Citizens' Awards, which are presented to 5 winners at the RIBI Confernce in April. Entry forms may be downloaded here for submission by 27 January

In 2013 Sweat Box Union, nominated by the Rotary Club of Wantage, were one of 5 winners of the RIBI Young Citizen Awards for rescuing their Youth Club from closure following government spending cuts by raising thousands of pounds to keep it open.

Watch the video on BBC News!

Young Rotary: Interact, Rotakids and more.....

In addition to the many competitions and award schemes there is a range of other opportunities for the younger generation.

Interact clubs for 12 -18 year olds are the fastest growing branch of the Rotary family and District 1090 has seen an amazing number of clubs spring up over the last few years, with more in the pipeline!  Read more about what these exciting young clubs offer..............


Rotakids, the latest addition to the family, have also been popular in the Thames Valley area as primary schools recognise what an enriching addition they can be to citizenship areas of the curriculum, with their opportunities to engage with a wide range of projects - both at home and overseas. Read more...........

District Organiser: Mike Ware (Bourne End & Cookham)


Youth Exchange

The Youth Exchange programme offers Adventures of a Lifetime to young people aged 15 -25.  Read all about it!

District Youth Exchange Officer: Alistair Knox (Reading Maiden Erleigh)