Our Work with Young People

Rotary works with young people in a variety of ways to develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to enjoy a greater awareness of the world about them.

Rotary GB&I Youth Competitions

Details of the many competitions run throughout the District, together with entry forms can be found on the Rotary GB&I web pages. Members of the Youth Services Committee will be pleased to help and support clubs throughout the District wishing to stage any of these activities. Contact details for the organiser of each Competition can be found below and examples of recent District successes can be found on the Related Pages.

Young Chef

For further details on how to enter and to see some of the skills and fun involved in this very popular competition  Read more.......

For Information go to: Information


District Organiser:  Ron Howard (Thatcham & District)


Youth Speaks

We have some fine young orators in the Thames Valley District, with a number of Regional winners, and this years District winners of the Intermediate section -  

St Helen and St Katherine School Abingdon - triumphed again at the Regional finals. Unfortunately our Senior Winners - Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe were forced to withdraw just before the Regional finals.

                                                      Obtain Details at YOUTH SPEAKS

District Organiser: Jon Davey (Windsor & Eton)                                                                  

Young Environmentalist

This competition is looking for people like you, who care about the planet.

District Organiser: Anne Cooper (Beaconsfield)

Young Musician



District Organiser:  SITUATION VACANT

Download the Information Pack at: https://www.rotarygbi.org/media/2021-22-Young-Musician-Information-Pack.doc

Young Photographer & Young Writer

The theme this year for Young Writer is Environment; for  Young Photographer it is Colours of Nature with Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Entries are invited from clubs organising these competitions to arrive for judging the District winners no later than 31st March. District winners will be submitted for the National finals in early May.

Information packs at: Information Young Photographer

                                   Information Young Writer

District Organiser: Pat Lattimer (Maidenhead)  


Technology Tournaments

Designed to encourage students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, these tournaments are growing in popularity and are now accredited by the British Science Association CREST Discovery Award        Junior Technology Tournament

Technology Tournament


District Organiser: Chas Cairns


Young Film Maker


There are many undiscovered talented young people out there.  

Enter the Young Film Maker competition  which is open to filmmakers from 7 to 17, click on the section title to obtain the information you need.

District Organiser: Nasreen Parkes (Maidenhead Bridge)


   Young Artist

   Open to all artists aged 7 to 17, click on the s image to obtain the information you need.

   District Organiser:  Kath Nurse (Newbury)



Rotary Award Schemes for Young People

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

An outdoor leadership and skill development course for selected 18-25 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their lives and communities  Read all about it!


Latest information for Rotarians and candidates:


District Organiser: Sarah Shears (Reading Maiden Erlegh) 

Brian Middleton Award for Young People with Additional Needs

As a new departure for this year, Thames Valley District is trialing a group sailing experience at Bisham Abbey and is seeking 5 candidates with physical and/or sensory impairments for a fun-filled week learning new skills and building confidence on the water with fully trained instructors and specialised equipment from the Accessible Boat Club  Read more about this adventure of a life-time......

District Organiser: SITUATION VACANT

Young Citizens Awards with the BBC News Channel

Each year, Rotary in Britain and Ireland invite nominations of exceptional young people who have made a real difference to other people's lives for their Young Citizens' Awards, which are presented to 5 winners at the Rotary GB&I Confernce in April. Entry forms may be downloaded here for submission by 27 January

In 2013 Sweat Box Union, nominated by the Rotary Club of Wantage, were one of 5 winners of the Rotary GB&I Young Citizen Awards for rescuing their Youth Club from closure following government spending cuts by raising thousands of pounds to keep it open.

Watch the video on BBC News!

Young Rotary: Interact, Rotakids and more.....

In addition to the many competitions and award schemes there is a range of other opportunities for the younger generation.

Interact clubs for 12 -18 year olds are the fastest growing branch of the Rotary family and District 1090 has seen an amazing number of clubs spring up over the last few years, with more in the pipeline!  Read more about what these exciting young clubs offer..............


District Organiser: Chas Cairns (Thatcham & District)




Rotakids, the latest addition to the family, have also been popular in the Thames Valley area as primary schools recognise what an enriching addition they can be to citizenship areas of the curriculum, with their opportunities to engage with a wide range of projects - both at home and overseas. Read more...........

District Organiser: Steve Waite (Newbury)

Youth Exchange

The Youth Exchange programme offers Adventures of a Lifetime to young people aged 15 -25.  Read more!

District Youth Exchange Officer: Alistair Knox (Reading Maiden Erleigh)



Our Work with Young People pages:


more Leadership training and skill development course for 18-28 year olds, enabling them to bring new found confidence back into their communities. (1 page below this)

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Young Environmentalist

more Present your unique solutions to environmental problems by entering this competition and change how we look at the environment.

Young Artist Poster

Young Artist

more Rotary Young Artist Competition The Young Artist competition has proved to be very popular with schools. It neatly fits into their curriculum and so is not an extra burden for teachers.

Brian Middleton Award for Young People with Additional Needs

more 'An opportunity of a lifetime' for 5 young people, aged 12 – 18, with physical and/or sensory impairments, to learn how to sail at Bisham Abbey Sailing School, Marlow, from 30th July to 3rd August 2018.

Robert wins RIBI Young Musician!

more Robert Cheung, a young classical pianist who lives in Old Windsor, became the winner of the Rotary Young Musician Final in Truro at the beginning of May

Florence wins BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year title

more Congratulations to Florence Cain, vocalist winner of our District Young Musician of the Year and RIBI national finalist in 2015, for becoming female winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2016

DIstrict Final Winner and Runner up

Young Chef

more Encouraging young people to eat healthily and celebrate their culinary skills and creativity

Youth Speaks

more Rotary encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people and the RIBI Youth Speaks competition showcases some superb quality speakers aged from 11 to 18

Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange

more Offering opportunities for adventures of a lifetime (1 page below this)

RotaKids grow into responsible citizens


more Rotakids: What, Why? How?


more The fastest growing clubs in the Rotary family (4 pages below this)