Youth Programmes

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic all our youth activities are suspended. As soon as epidemic is over, we will announce here which activities will be resuming. We want everyone to remain safe and well.

Rotary offers the chance for young people to develop personal skills and a better awareness of problems that face the world today. Our club offers competitions, courses and clubs to help them do this.


Our Rotary club arranges four competitions for young people.  Winners from our local competitions go forward to the next level competitions at district, regional and national level. All the competitions are organised by RIBI - Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland - and are run jointly with the Rotary club of Loddon Vale.

All the competitions are split into three different age categories, with ages taken on 31st August preceeding the competition.

       Category                 Age                                   

  • Junior                7 - 10 years                     
  • Intermediate    11 - 13 years                     
  • Senior              14 -17 years                     


Further information and a downloadable competitor's instruction pack for each competition can be obtained from the RIBI web site

If you are interested in taking part please contact us via the "Contact Us" page on this web site.

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Have Your Say is a local version of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. It offers young people the experience of speaking on a public platform and responding to a question from the audience. The competition is open to teams of two students in full time education. There is no Junior age category for this competition which is usually held in November.


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The RIBI Young Musician competition provides an opportunity to thousands of young people each year to demonstrate their musical skills.

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Technology Tournaments are one day events for multiple teams of four students to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by collectively solving a previously unseen technology task. Each team is required to design, develop, build and then test their solution, with the tournament offering a fun way to develop team building, communication and time management skills. The annual Tournament in Reading is jointly run by the Rotary Clubs of Loddon Vale (Woodley Stars Satellite Club) and Reading Maiden Erlegh.


As well as the youth competitions we also sponsor candidates on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scheme.  When possible our Rotary club pays for local young people to attend the week-long course which is run by fully qualified instructors at a centre near Lake  Bala in the Snowdonia National Park. The course is designed for 32 young people who are sponsored by Rotary clubs in District 1090 (Thames Valley) for potential young leaders aged between 18 and 25.

Further information on RYLA can be downloaded from this link.

If you are interested in taking part in RYLA you can contact us via the Contact Us page.

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Interact clubs  are Youth clubs for young people aged 12 to 18 who work together to help others in the community and across the world, whilst having fun and excitement at the same time.  We run currently run an Interact club at Crosfields school in Shinfield, Reading. Interact introduces the young people to the idea of service and giving to the community. While the club members organise their own activities, our members attend their regular meetings to give support and advice. We also involve the Interactors in some of our other activities such as dragon boat racing and fund raising. 


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RotaKids is a fun and exciting way for children aged 7-12 to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process.We currently help to run the Greenways RotaKids Club at the Winnersh Primary School a valuable experience in helping others and learning interesting, new things. It also brings an exciting and practical approach to supporting the citizenship element of the national curriculum.

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Youth   Exchange,  Camps and Tours

Under this scheme we sponsor, when possible, local young people on Rotary Camps and tours such as alpine climbing and tours of far eastern countries. For more information go to the Youth Exchange website.

The costs to the participants usually include transport to the country, hire of any special equipment and insurance. Lodgings and guides are often provided by local Rotary clubs. This makes the camps inexpensive and gives the exchange students an understanding of the foreign country they would not get from an ordinary holiday there - which is why the Rotary clubs organise them.

Our club has also sent one local youth to Louisiana for two months on a Rotary Service Exchange. This was intended to give him experience to help in his chosen career as well as an amazing cultural experience. See the New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) website for more information.    

Although the camps and visits are called exchanges they do not involve any reciprocity.

You can register your interest on the NGSE website