Youth Speaks

The Rotary Club of Taunton supports Youth Speaks

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Over the years scores of schools and colleges have participated in this Rotary competition which pitches teams of young people against each other in a public speaking competition. Winners of competitions held by clubs at a local level, go on to compete in a District final and if successful, can go further to regional and national finals.


Competitions are held for senior entrants between the ages of 15-17 and intermediate entrants from 11 – 14, so age is not a barrier and any young person can benefit.


Competing is only half the story. Often supported by their teachers, the competition, helps young people work together, building skills and confidence as well as encouraging them to think about the structure and content of their presentation. Last year, winners of the District final from Somerset’s, Gryphon School went on to win the Regional final and participated in the National competition.


The Rotary Club of Taunton welcomes interest form any school or college that wants to learn more about this exciting competition.  Anyone interested in finding out more should come along to the District Final on 24th February which this year, is being held at the Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar.


Contact the Club Youth Speaks officer, Terry Stirzaker for more information.



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