Help for Local Schools

Our Youth and Vocational Committee works with many schools in the borough to provide various support projects and competitions

Learning leadership skills

Working to help young lives in the local community

Twickenham upon Thames Rotary Club loves to provide support to schools in the local area. We currently run or help to run:

  • Young Chef Competition
  • Young Writer Competition
  • Technology Tournament
  • Junior School Chess Club
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, where we each year we send some lucky young people on a leadership course (outward bound style) This is a great opportunity to meet others and to develop skills which will be invaluable in later life.


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Fabulous flavours of the world at Rotary Young Chef competition!

more President Chris, Gordon and Yvonne spent a really enjoyable afternoon at Waldegrave School, where eight students from Waldegrave and four from Twickenham School put on a great display at the fifteenth local round of the Rotary Young Chef competition.

Our sponsors student 2023

Rotary Young Leaders Awards(RYLA)

more A five-day camp for young people of secondary school age from 31 July to 4 August 2023.

Joanna and other prize winners

Rotary Young Writer winner

more Joanna wins the National Rotary Young Writer award having previously won at local and district levels.

Judging the entries

Rotary Young Chef competition 2022

more Held in the well-equipped kitchens of Waldegrave School

Technology Tournament led by Twickenham Rotary Club

more A Technology Tournament is run every year for schools in Richmond Borough. It is led by Twickenham Rotary Club with help from TuT and other local Rotary Clubs and up to twelve of the local schools. This year's Tournament took place on 19th March 2019

Chess at Heathfield Junior School

more Rotary Club members help with teaching and encouraging enthusiastic pupils in their regular Chess sessions, which have become very popular.

The team at Kew Gardens

Madogo School experinces Kew Gardens and London

more In April 2012 two teachers and two pupils from Madago school in Kenyan spent two weeks in Waldegrave School for Girls as part of a cultural exchange between the two schools. Our club offered to show them higlights of Kew Gardens and Museum of London.

Rotary Young Leadership Awards (RYLA)

more A gala evening hosted by the participants of the course was enjoyed by all, including parents and sponsoring Rotarians

Rotary Young Chef competition 2015

more 12 students, 8 from Waldegrave School and 4 from Twickenham Academy showed their skills by each preparing a 2-course meal in the competition at Waldegrave School on 10 November 2015.

Winner and runner-up with president Les Rushbury and Mayor Cllr. Mina Bond

Rotary Young Chef competition 22 October 2013

more Twelve aspiring young chefs competed in the facilities provided by Waldegrave School for Girls and produced mouth-watering results. The winner will progress to the next, Rotary District 1140, round.

Rotary Young Chef competition October 2007


The interviews underway at separate tables in the main school hall

Mock interviews at St Catherine's School - November 2015

more 11 November 2015. An eleven-strong team from the club interviewed 20 sixth form students who were all applying for places at university

Mock interviews project March 2009

more In early 2009 the club organised a series of mck interviews with Year 11 pupils at Waldegrave School

Dictionaries for Year 5 pupils

more In late June and early July the club presented over 150 illustrated dictionaries to year 5 pupils in St Mary's, Archdeacon Cambridge and St Stephens schools in Twickenham

What was it like in the war? - Orleans Park School pupils find out

more On 10 November 2009 pupils from Orleans Park School in Twickenham heard from members of the Rotary Club of Twickenham upon Thames first and second hand experiences of life during the second World War

Rotary Young Photographer competition

more St Mary's School young photographers show their work and their certificates

Rotary Shoebox Scheme - Trafalgar School gets involved