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Fleet Rotary Youth Competitions


Offering a platform for talents to shine.


From local and regional heats through to national levels, these contests are a great way to be challenged in a fun and friendly environment, plus there are great prizes up for grabs too.

With support all the way from Fleet Rotary, there is no reason not to take the leap and enter.

Competitions are perfect for budding photographers, writers, public speakers and musicians.

What competitions do Fleet Rotary promote?


Fleet Rotary will not run the Young Chef competition this year, but check again from July 2020 to find out if we are able to run it next time. If you are interested, please let us know.

Share your gift of song or mastery of a musical instrument in Rotary’s Young Musician competition.

Participants will get the chance to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians.

Entrants can be either a vocalist or instrumentalist.

Download the 2019/20 competition Information Pack and Poster and contact Fleet Rotary for an entry form.


Photography has the power to capture special places, moments and memories.

The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, interpret the competition’s annual brief in an imaginative way and experiment with digital and traditional methods.

Download the 2019/20 competition Information Pack and Poster and contact Fleet Rotary for an entry form.

Youth Speaks: A Debate

Challenge your public speaking abilities and perform, persuade and entertain the audience with your display of wit and knowledge of a topic.

In teams of three participants present arguments and points of discussion, before taking questions from the judging panel who are, themselves, skilled orators.

Participants can select a topic which is important to them, giving them an opportunity to delve deep into research, formulate ideas and build confidence.

Download the 2019/20 competition Information Pack  and Poster and contact Fleet  Rotary club for an entry form.


This competition offers participants chance to express themselves and get creative with the written word.

After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem. It’s a chance to be imaginative.

Download the 2019/20 competition Information Pack and Poster and contact Fleet Rotary for an entry form.

All the above competitions have the full support of Fleet Rotary which will back you through your progression in the various stages. Contact us and see what happens!


What is involved?

Most competitions are run on a multi-stage format, starting off with local heats run by Fleet Rotary, running through regional and national finals.

Generally, competitions follow the course of an academic year from approximately September to June.


Who is eligible?

Each competition varies, but all competitions are open to secondary school pupils aged 11-17, with a number of competitions also open to pupils as young as 7-years-old.

Competitions are split into appropriate age bands to allow participants to compete against those of a similar age.


How to get involved

All the above competitions have the full support of Fleet Rotary which will back you through your progression in the various stages. If you want to take part, please fill out our enquiry form and we’ll point you in the right direction.



Release the potential leader within.


What are the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults.

Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life.

Each RYLA course is sponsored by a local Rotary club or group.


What does RYLA offer?

RYLA programmes run over seven days and give participants the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
  • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
  • Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve
  • Meet new people and make lasting friendships
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects at locally and internationally

Being a leader is not just about being confident enough to speak out and knowing what to say, it is knowing when to listen to others and understand. RYLA teaches this, and other soft skills, to help everyone to be the best they can be.

Teamwork exercises bring people together from different walks of life in a safe environment where everyone can get to know each other without fear of exclusion or negativity.

As with all Rotary programmes, Rotary members are appropriately DBS checked and risk assessments are carried out for all activities.


Who eligible?

You don’t need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades, just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun.

RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding. Some degree of fitness is required.

The RYLA programme for our area takes place over 5 days at Easter with selection interviews usually taking place between January and March. The cost of the event, and transport to and from the event location, is borne by Rotary. Applicants may apply through their local schools or directly through Fleet Rotary.

We recommend candidates register through their school. However, should your school does not wish to be involved, or if your school is not in the Fleet and Church Crookham area, please apply personally after reading the info pack

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