Borderland Club organises the Rotary Youth Leadership Award course on behalf of District 1180 as well as the Borders centre for the Technology Tournament. The club participates in various other projects working with young people.


As a result of this initiative, there is now strong competition for places and the project has gone from strength to strength.  Each year, some 40 young people take part in the week-long residential course, held in August.  Participants are sponsored by Rotary Clubs within District 1180.  The event, now in its 18th year, is organised by Borderland Rotary with the active support of District.

In 2007, the Club was Highly Commended as a National Finalist in the National Training Award in recognition of the quality and relevance of the RYLA programme.

The 2017 course will be held on 20-25 August.  If you are aged 16-18, or know of someone else who would like to participate in future years, contact your local Rotary Club or visit 

 Technology Tournament

Five schools provided teams to take up the challenge the 2013 Technology Tournament!  This one-day event saw over 10000 students across the UK and Ireland compete in teams of 4 to undertake a previously unseen problem solving design, build and test challenge against the clock.

This local event took place at The Marches School & Technology College in Oswestry  on Friday, March 8th 2013, and teams of students competed at the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level (Year7-Year13).   The 2014 event will take place on 7 March 2014.

There are three age levels for team members which are foundation, intermediate and advanced.  the degree of complexity and difficulty of the task is increased at each age level.  All costs are borne by Borderland Rotary Club and there is no entry cost to school teams.  Local business sponsorship is an active part of the tournament.

The teams have to solve a task which they know nothing about until the day of the event.  They are required to design, develop, build and then test their solution to the task from the materials supplied.  These can be anything such as a strip of wood, dowel, paper clips, tape, wire, cardboard, glue or elastic bands.

Each team is also required to compile a portfolio of theor design and development ideas.

The day culminates in the tresting session when teams can see the results of competinmg designs and solutions.  Some of these are always truly amazing.

Stewards are on hand throughout the day to encourage and guide the student teams, keeping them focussed.  Each team's final solution is judged by a group of rotarians and industrialists with backgrounds in engineering, technology, enterprise and education.