Youth Speaks 2018

An opportunity for young people to develop their public speaking skills.

Through this competition, we encourage the development of creativity and presentation skills essential to the art of public speaking, and this is shown through the enthusiasm of the students from the many schools which take part. The Rotary GB&I Youth Speaks competition, as a result, continues to go from strength to strength each year, producing some superb quality speakers in our young people aged from 11 to 18. 

This four stage national competition aims to encourage development of effective communication skills. It offers young people: 

  • Experience of speaking on a public platform as a member of a team
  • An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects
  • Discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time
  • The opportunity of learning and practicing high standards of expression, presentation and appearance
  • Impartial feedback of performance by experienced adjudicators

The competition is open to teams of three, in full time education, in two ages groups:

Intermediate         11 – 13 years

Senior                  14 – 17 years

Youth Speaks – First Round

In November we held our First Round event in this year’s Rotary Youth Speaks Competition at both intermediate and senior level.

Organised by James Gartrell and his Youth Committee, supported by many members of the Club, and hosted by Burgess Hill Girls, an enthralling evening unfolded as we listened to the excellent performances of the teams from Burgess Academy and Burgess Hill Girls.

Our keynote speaker was Caroline Nicholls, the High Sheriff of West Sussex, who gave us a fascinating insight into the role.

In turn, the adjudicators did an excellent job judging the performances and we wish the winning teams from Burgess Hill Girls every success in the next round, which takes place in January.

Our thanks go to all who supported and helped the Club to stage this event and to the students, teachers and parents for their hard work and preparation. It was much appreciated.  

James GartrellContact James Gartrell about this page:

(ALL fields required)

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

Related pages...

Disaster Relief

more In the event of International Disasters the club will respond, usually with a public collection and use of club funds.

School in a Bag

more Working with Hassocks Infant School to help deprived children across the world.

Youth Speaks 2017

more Youth Speaks is an annual National competition.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

more An opportunity for young people to gain leadership skills.

We are on the brink of another historic milestone. We are now very close to achieving Rotary’s number one goal of a polio-free world.

Eradicating Polio


Events for People Living with Dementia

more This year we are planning a new project working with Burgess Hill District Lions Club to put on musical events for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Village Water

more Village Water transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Better health means children can go to school more and parents have time to farm and provide for their families.

Gift of Sight

more A Rotary Global Grant Initiative, supported by Rotary and the Guildford Eye Project with a target of $2 million.


more Each year Burgess Hill and District Rotary Club support Shelterbox. Shelterbox provide life saving equipment to disaster areas.

Kids Out

more A day out for disadvantaged children.

back to page above this...

Who we Support

back Information about who we support and the projects we organise