Rotary wants to help leaders of the future

Young people taking part in a previous RYLA course
Young people taking part in a previous RYLA course

The Rotary Club of Rushden wants to sponsor a person who would benefit from taking part in Rotary’s Youth Leadership Course next summer.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are a major part of Rotary’s investment in tomorrow’s leaders of our communities and is one of the few Rotary programmes that is aimed at a “privileged” group of young people.

RYLA is a fun, but intensive, training programme in leadership development and team-building for young adults aged 18 to 26, who have been individually selected by a Rotary club to participate on the course.

The course, which takes place from July 26 to August 2 next year, is a mix of physical and cerebral activity, producing a life-changing experience for all the participants.

It enables the young people who take part to debate issues of professional responsibility, improve leadership skills and develop their personalities.

They will also learn about business, institutions and Rotary programmes, such as Rotaract, Calvert Trust and Youth Exchange, as well as making new friends and having fun.

For the past four years, the course has had an “international flavour”, with young adults attending from countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, Pakistan and Ukraine, all sponsored by Rotary Clubs.

Participants are challenged to “move out of their comfort zone” in a safe environment under the watchful eye of fully trained instructors and tutors, all provided by Grafham Water Centre.

In addition, more than 20 Rotarians volunteer each year to help with the various aspects of the course.

For young adults, RYLA has been a life-changing experience, providing them with the opportunity to refine their skills and explore topics with their fellow team members, tutors and Rotarians.

The Rushden club is keen to seek applicants from a broad range of society, including both public and private sectors of business and professions, in order to arrange selection interviews.

The £600 cost is mainly covered by the club, the candidate being asked to contribute a token £50 to demonstrate their commitment.

Any young people interested in taking part can contact Robin Allen on 01933 387620 or email him at