Youth Service


District 1180  -  Opportunities for Young People



Youth Service offers so many opportunities for young people. From Rotary GB&I youth competitions such as Young Chef, Young Photographer, and Youth Speaks, to recognising outstanding work in the community through the Rotary GB&I Young Citizens Awards which are presented at the Rotary GB&I Conference each year and broadcast live on the BBC News Channel.
There is also an opportunity to work in teams and challenge the mind whilst developing skills in technology with the Technology Tournaments or to study and visit overseas with Rotary Youth Exchange as well as develop leadership skills with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
The aim is to help young people discover and develop their own personal skills, grow their self-esteem and enjoy themselves in the process.
Whether it is RotaKids, Interact or taking on the challenge of Rotary GB&I Young Writer there is something for everyone to participate in.
We are always looking to introduce new Youth related activities and competitions. Young Environmentalist, Young Filmaker and Young Artist were intrioduced 2019/20 and Young Scientist should be introduced in 2023/24. 
Clubs and Districts all play a vital role in reaching out to youngsters so make use of your District youth officers, get involved with your schools and youth groups and share your stories of success with the resource group.


The updated Youth Competition information  packs and guidance notes are annually uploaded to the Rotary GB&I website.
Rotarians: You can find the info packs & guidance notes for all the competitions here:

Log in to the members area of the RGBI website will be needed to gain access to the entry forms, but the rules/guidance notes (and posters) do not require log-on.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VARIOUS COMPETITIONS & YOUTH ACTIVITIES HELD BY, OR RUN IN, DISTRICT 1180 - PLEASE CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE TAB TO THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN. These sub pages are regularly updated, and will include contact details, and where known, entry deadline dates etc.

It is ESSENTIAL that the correct-year entry forms are used (log in will be required to access) AT ALL STAGES OF A COMPETITION - and that to comply with GDPR the forms and all personal details are deleted / destroyed after use - within the timescales as set by Rotary GB&I (normally shortly after the final stage of the competition has been concluded in any given year).

Please be mindful of any COVID-19 restrictions, if applicable. Please also be sensitive to the pressures schools may still have with more pressing issues as we emerge from covid.




Information for the clubs in Wales - posters are available in Welsh:
If these  links do not work, then please copy/paste into your browser.


Howard Ferdinando, Team Leader, Youth Service - Rotary District 1180


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Youth Service pages:

Calling Young Writers!

Young Writer

more Creative writing is a talent to be celebrated and to be able to write is a special gift. In Great Britain and Ireland there are young people who have, or have the ability to develop, this talent which Rotary wishes to promote.


more Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. This annual course is normally held at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre in August.

Young Musician - National Winners 2018

Young Musician

more Looking for talented young musicians!

Young Filmmaker

more A new competition for 2019/20

Welsh Young Writer

more A District-only competition, new for 2020/21

Rotary 1180 Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks


Young Artist


Young Environmentalist

more A new competition for 2019/20

Young Scientist

more A new competition due to launch soon!

Young Magician


Young Golfer

more This is not yet run in District 1180 - but if any Rotarian in District is interested in setting this up, please advise the District Youth Service Team Leader.

RotaKids in District 1180





Youth Exchange


Camps and Tours


Young Chef

more District 1180 winner 2018, & Regional winner 2018 - Tomas Atkinson (back left) at the Regional Final

Technology Tournament


2018 Winner (Juniors) - Philippa Graybrook

Young Photographer

more Phillippa Graybrook - 2018 (Junior) District winner