Youth Speaks Public Speaking Competition 2024

The 2024 District 1285 Youth Speaks public speaking competition is our biggest ever. There are 72 teams from 38 schools sponsored by 25 Rotary Clubs. The competition has 3 tiers, District Heats, District Finals and Grand Final.

2024 District Youth Speaks Competition

The experience of public speaking is hugely valuable in building confidence and ambition. Each year we look to provide the benefits of Youth Speaks to more young people. Please see below for details of the 2024 competition.

Competition information is in the Youth Speaks Information Pack 2024 (click to download). Details of how to take part are in the Youth Speaks Entry Pack 2024 (click to download)Further support material for participating clubs and schools is available from the District Officer.

District Heats

Biddulph District Heat (29th January 2024, 6.00 p.m.) Participating schools: All Hallows Catholic College, James Bateman Middle School (Intermediate winner), Woodhouse Academy, Congleton High School, Fallibroome Academy (Senior winner)

Wilmslow District Heat (30th January 2024, 6.30 p.m.) Participating schools: Alderley Edge School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme High School, Hazel Grove High School, Knutsford Academy (Senior winner)Wilmslow High School (Intermediate winner) 

St Helens District Heat, (31st January 2024, 6.00 p.m.) Participating schools: Bury Grammar School, Hawkley Hall High School, Hope Academy (Intermediate and Senior winner), St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Didsbury High School, Tower College

Leigh District Heat (1st February 2024, 5.00 p.m.) Participating schools: Bedford High School (Intermediate and Senior winner), Hazel Wood High School, St. Mary's Catholic High School

Golborne District Heat, (5th February 2024, 5.15 p.m.) Participating schools: Birchwood Community High School, Byrchall High School, Culcheth High School (Senior winner), Golborne High School, Lymm High School (Intermediate winner) 

Macclesfield District Heat (6th February 2024, 5.30 p.m.) Participating schools: All Hallows Catholic College (Intermediate winner), The Macclesfield Academy, Tytherington School (Senior winner), Fallibroome Academy

Bolton District Heat (7th February 2024, 5.30 p.m.) Participating schools: Bolton School (Girls) (Intermediate winner), Ladybridge High School, Sharples School, Westhoughton High School, Laurus Ryecroft (Senior winner)

Rochdale District Heat (postponed to 28th February 2024, 5.30 p.m. owing to weather) Participating schools: Beech House School, Bury Grammar School, Falinge Park High School, Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Laurus Ryecroft

Warrington District Heat (8th February 2024, 6.00 p.m.) Participating schools: Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Great Sankey High School, Helsby High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme School (Intermediate and Senior winner)

District Finals

District Final (Newton-le-Willows) - The Peter James-Robinson Shield and The Swati Mukherjee Shield (Monday, 11th March 2024) (5.30 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.) (Organised by Newton-le-Willows Rotary) Participating Schools (Intermediate) Hope Academy, Lymm High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme School, Helsby High School (Senior) Hope Academy, Culcheth High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme School, Great Sankey High School

District Final (Rochdale) - The Henshaw Shield and The Farraday Shield (Wednesday, 6th March 2024) (5.30 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.) (Organised by Rochdale Rotary) Participating Schools (Intermediate) Bedford High School, Bolton School (Girls),  (Senior) Bedford High School, Laurus Ryecroft, 

District Final (Macclesfield Castle) - The Warren Heyes Shield and The Wendy Sutcliffe Shield (Sunday, 3rd March 2024) (1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) (Organised by Macclesfield Castle Rotary) Participating Schools (Intermediate) James Bateman Middle School, Wilmslow High School, All Hallows Catholic College, Hazel Grove High School (Senior) Fallibroome Academy, Knutsford Academy, Tytherington School, Congleton High School

For 2024 the growth of the competition means we have increased to three District Finals.

Grand Final

The winners of the three District Finals progress to the District 1285 Grand Final, to be held at the Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham on Sunday, 24th March 2024. (1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) The Grand Final is organised by Frodsham and Helsby Rotary.

For venue details of all events refer to the programme in the Entry Pack.

Participating Schools in the 2024 District competition

Alderley Edge School for Girls, All Hallows Catholic College, Bedford High School, Beech House School, Birchwood Community High School, Bolton School (Girls), Bury Grammar School, Byrchall High School, Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Cheadle Hulme High School, Congleton High School, Culcheth High School, Didsbury High School, Falinge Park High School, Fallibroome Academy, Golborne High School, Great Sankey High School, Hawkley Hall High School, Hazel Grove High School, Hazel Wood High School, Helsby High School, Hope Academy, James Bateman Middle School, Knutsford Academy, Ladybridge High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme School, Laurus Ryecroft, Lymm High School, Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Sharples School, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, St. Mary's Catholic High School, The Macclesfield Academy, Tower College, Tytherington School, Westhoughton High School, Wilmslow High School, Woodhouse Academy.

Participating Rotary Clubs in 2024

Biddulph, Bolton Daybreak, Bolton Lever, Bolton with le Moors, Bramhall & Woodford, Chadderton & Failsworth, Cheadle Royal, Congleton, Frodsham and Helsby, Knutsford, Leigh, Macclesfield Castle, Manchester Breakfast, Newton & District Jubilee, Newton-le-Willows, Radcliffe, Rochdale, Sandbach, St Helens, Tameside, Warrington, Westhoughton, Widnes, Wigan, Wilmslow & District.


2023 District Youth Speaks Competition Results

Rotary District 1285 Finals Sunday, 5th March 2023

District Final - "The Henshaw Shield" District Champion  Oldham Hulme Grammar School

District Final - "The Warren Heyes Shield" District Champion  All Hallows Catholic College  

District Final - "The Farraday Shield" District Champion Fallibroome Academy

District Final - "The Wendy Sutcliffe Shield"  District Champion Wilmslow High School

Thanks to Frodsham & Helsby Rotary for running the District Finals.

Personal information will be used in compliance with the Rotary Privacy Notice - Youth Competitions (click to download).

The feedback we had from previous competitions is interesting reading and shows the value of Youth Speaks. Not only do the young people involved benefit personally, they also have a wider impact as role models for their peers. Click to download the summary Youth Speaks Feedback. 

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