Youth Opportunities

Skipton Rotary endeavours to create opportunities for young people through activities that build character & confidence along with new skills in the process.
Read all about Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and other competitions.

Youth Service

Thousands of youngsters take part every year in Rotary youth competitions which in most cases take the form of regional heats followed by a national final. The majority are categorised into junior, intermediate and advanced age groups.

Rotary GB&I Young Artist

The Young Artist competition is run over the course of a school year, in three or four different heats; club level, district, regional and culminating in the national final.  The competition is open to students in full time education in three age groups:




10 years




13 years




17 years





Budding young painters, illustrators and artists can showcase their creative flair with a wide audience by taking part in the Rotary Young Artist competition. Participants have the opportunity to interpret the competition's annual theme and set their creativity free.

Rotary GB&I Young Chef

Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill. Contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel.

Rotary GB&I Youth Speaks

We encourage speaking and presentation skills in young people and this competition showcases superb quality speakers.

Rotary GB&I Young Musician

Music is an international language and we encourage talented young people by providing this opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills.

Rotary GB&I Young Photographer

Entrants submit three photographs on a theme in black and white or colour, along with a description of the inspiration for their photographs.

Rotary GB&I Young Writer

A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. The winning writers are published in Rotary magazines.

Rotary GB&I Technology Tournament

Teams of students interested in engineering and science compete in a one day event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task.  Solutions are tested & judged against competitors.

Rotary GB&I Young Citizen Awards

These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25. Winners receive a cash prize of £500 at our annual conference where the awards are presented.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for youngsters aged between 16 and 18, looking for excitement, have a spirit of adventure, want a challenge that'll stretch them. Applicants want to develop as a leader and at the same time have fun and make new friends. 

Ocean Youth Trust

We also sponsor youngsters to sail with OYT - OYT's website .com is not safe. Their website is not secure either.  For any further infomation please Andrew below. 

Applications for RYLA and OYT- 2023 now completed but contact Andrew for 2024.

Grants for Travel Projects with Personal Development objectives

We provide travel grants to people below the age of 25 see Application Form for full details.

Contact Andrew Forman below for more information to enter your school or a pupil in any of the above.


Andrew  FormanContact Andrew Forman about this page:

(ALL fields required)

(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)

Youth Opportunities sub-pages:

Safeguarding Policy

(members only log in for more information)


more ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (age range 16 to 17) and the OCEAN YOUTH TRUST (14 to 17) are for youngsters looking for excitement, adventure, and a challenge. Applications now invited - see below.

Emily's Balkan trip

Youth Travel Personal Development Grants

more The Rotary 'Youth Grant' scheme helps young people with expenses towards their Travel Project adventures

Youth Leadership

more The 'Rotary Youth Leadership Awards' scheme will be of interest to young people looking to develop new skills and confidence.