Youth Service provides opportunities for young people to develop their skills.

Rotary Technology Tournament

Five schools and 88 students took part in this year’s Rotary Technology Tournament. It was won at the advanced level by a team from Marlborough Science Academy. Jake Callaghan, Anthony Muller, Noa Kusman and Tommy Day (pictured) presented the best solution to the problem. Teams from Roundwood Park School won the Foundation and Intermediate prizes.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Our Rotary Young Chef Competition was held this year on Wednesday 14th November at Oaklands College. The winner was Amanda Garcia-Ghuran of St Albans High School for Girls. Congratulations to Amanda who will now go on to represent St Albans in this National Competiti0n in February.

Participation for Rotary Young Chef invited from all St Albans Secondary Schools. Contestants have the task of preparing a two course meal for two people. Three professional chefs are the judges. The competition is the first stage in a National competition that proceeds through four stages to a final. If your school seems is interested in participating in 2019 you can apply direct to

Rotary Youth Speaks 2018/2019

Rotary Youth Speaks is a well-established and successful competition organised as a four-stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills.

There are two age groups, Intermediate 11-13 years and Senior 14-17 as at 31/8/18. The team members take one of three roles: chairperson, speaker and the proposer of the vote of thanks. They are each allocated a specific time in which to perform their part and the main speaker has to answer a question from the audience.

The St Albans Round of this years competition on 27th November All the teams were impressive, speaking with passion about their topics. They had clearly worked hard. In the St Albans round, the Intermediate winners were Wissal El Amrouchi, Leah Salman and Sabrina Choudhury from St Albans Girls’ School speaking about “Why Refugees Should be Accepted into Western countries.

The Senior winners were Lara Collis, Samuel Vosper and Charlotte Frankl from Sandringham School, speaking about “Disney’s Domination”

All those taking part were presented with a participation certificate and the winners were also awarded a trophy for each of them and one for their schools.

The event was held at St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, where the Vicar was one of the three judges. At the start he told the teams that he had been a competitor in Rotary Youth Speaks 35 years ago, so he knew how they felt. Congratulating all the competitors at the end he commented that we don’t know what their careers will be in the future - they may even be preachers or politicians. He said, ”Your voices are not voices for the future, they are voices for NOW – make them heard.”

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

We seek young people every year that could benefit from our sponsorship to attend RYLA, a weekend of outdoor teamwork and leadership exercises.

More details of these activities can be found in other areas of this website

David Thomsit

Youth Service

David Thomsit



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