Vocational and Youth Opportunities

Providing opportunities for young people.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT)

Sponsored Courses 2017

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT)

Sponsored Courses 2017

Youth Opportunities in the Summer Holidays

Skipton Craven Rotary Club and Skipton Rotary Club are pleased to announce that they are again sponsoring places on both RYLA and OYT courses this summer.  In total, six awardees will be supported. Prospective participants should be aged between 16 and under 18 for the RYLA course and aged between 14 to under 18 for the OYT course and should be in full-time education or on a vocational training course or be apprenticed in a local industry.

There are two possible dates for the RYLA course, [Years 11 and 12] held at Hebden Hey Activity Centre near Hebden Bridge.

Course 1 - from Saturday 22 July to Friday 28 July 2017

Course 2 - from Sunday 30 July to Friday 4 August 2017

Successful candidates will be allocated a course by the District RYLA Secretary, following registration.





The OYT course, [Years 9, 10, 11 and 12] on Ocean Scout, sails from North Shields (Royal Quays), from Monday 24 July to Saturday 29 July 2017. 

The full cost of the courses is covered by the Rotary Awards. Transport to and from the centres will be provided by the Rotary Clubs. Kit Lists and sailing gear for OYT will be supplied. 

Both RYLA and OYT will focus upon confidence building, responsibility, teamwork, communication skills and leadership skills, together with elements of problem solving.  General information can be found by visiting the two sites:  www.ryla.org and www.oytnorth.org.uk


If you wish to be considered for a sponsored place on one of the courses you should preferably send an e-mail promptly to kenleescr1415@btinternet.com. Alternatively, write to Rotarian (Prof) Ken Lee, Croft House Farm, Kildwick Grange, Kildwick, North Yorks, BD20 9AD.  The e-mail or letter must include the following: your thoughts on how you may benefit from participation on the course and a paragraph telling the selection panel something about yourself.  The following personal details also needs to be attached:

(1) Full name, (2) Date of Birth, (3) Institution attended, (4) e-mail address, (5) Home address and (6) Telephone numbers.

The final closing date for applications is Monday 6th March 2017. Students may apply for both OYT and RYLA if they so wish.

Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview at Skipton Town Hall offices on the High Street during the week commencing Monday 6th March.


Some of last year’s course participants recorded their thoughts which included:”

 Fun, exhausting, friendship”

“Amazing, amazing, amazing”

“Best experience of my life”

“Amazing, scary, brilliant”

“One of the best weeks of my life”

“Fun, hard, stressful”

The parents of the young people often express their thanks too. “A huge thank you for the week my daughter has just had at RYLA. She has loved, loved, loved it. Just had the download of the week, it sounds incredible! Can adults go? Thank you and Rotary for investing in her. It is really appreciated, and she has had a wonderful week.” 

Rotarian (Prof) Ken Lee

Chair: Vocational and Youth Opportunities Committee; Skipton Craven Rotary Club.