Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Wadebridge Rotary Club supports RYLA.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is Rotary's investment in the leaders of tomorrow.

Across the Rotary Districts in Great Britain and Ireland , RYLA courses are an intensive training programme in leadership development and teamwork for young people aged between 14 and 30 - though age ranges differ according to the specific RYLA course being offered by a particular Rotary Club or District.

Talented young people are invited by Rotary Clubs to attend a RYLA course which can be a seminar, camp or workshop of three to ten days in length. Most courses are a blend of physical activity and cerebral activity producing a unique experience and learning environment.

The District 1290 course selects candidates from Cornwall, The Isles of Scilly, Plymouth and South East Devon. It is regarded within Rotary as the most progressive and successful course. The 44 candidates for the course held at Brimpts Farm are selected from young adults between the ages of 18 and 28. They are selected by members of their local Rotary Clubs, who look for people who are keen and intelligent enough to take advantage of a very intensive and challenging programme and who are deserving of help in enhancing their personal development and leadership potential.

Candidates need to be reasonably articulate but do not need to be extrovert. After interview, successful candidates will be sponsored either by their local Rotary Club, by their employer or, in some cases, by a combination of both. Occasionally a candidate will sponsor him/her self. The reputation of RYLA has spread in our community and many of the more enlightened employers in the area recognise the excellent value of the course and the improved performance of the participants when they return to their companies. The course is held every July, beginning and ending on a Saturday.  Accommodation at Brimpts is excellent and consists mainly of en-suite rooms for 4 people. The Chief Instructor is Jack Russell and his company, Personal Development Coaching, runs the course for Rotary.