Youth Speaks 2018

An opportunity for young people to develop the ability to speak on a public platform, carry out research and formulate ideas, improve self-confidence and presentation skills, and work as a team.

Schools, Colleges, Youth Groups and Rotary Clubs working together to promote the talents of young people

An opportunity for your students to:-

  • put into practice the skills they learn at school
  • develop self confidence and a sense of achievement
  • work as a team
  • develop research skills
  • be creative and use their imagination
  • present ideas, express opinions and give reasoned arguments
  • express their ideas in front of an unknown audience
  • communicate in a set time

Age groups:

Intermediate: Usually school years 7 to 9.( 11 to 13 years).

Senior: Usually school years 10 to 13.(14 to 17 years ).

With the age qualifying date of 31 August 2017, it should be noted that some  intermediate entrants may be 14 and senior entrants 18 at the time of some or all stages of the competitions (e.g. a competitor who is 17 on 31 August but turns 18 on 1  September is allowed to enter).

Eligibility: The competition is open to  schools and college communities including those who are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

Teams of 3:  Chairperson, Speaker and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks

Entry Forms: An entry form per team must be completed. Full competition details and entry form are contained in the Youth Speaks information pack.

Rotary clubs should advise the District competition organiser of their intention to participate in the Youth Speaks competition by Friday 22nd September 2017

Team Entry Forms should be sent to the District Organiser by 11th December 2017 together with a cheque for £10 per team payable to District 1070


Local: A local competition organised by Rotary Clubs. These should be held before 11th December. Winners go to District Semi-Finals.

District Semi-Finals: Deadline for entries to be confirmed is the 11th December 2017.

Intermediate semi-finals:

Saturday January 13th 2018 –  Morning Bourne Methodist Church
Saturday January 20th 2018 – Morning Our Lady’s Convent school Loughborough
Saturday January 27th 2018 – Morning Wrenn Academy Wellingborough

 Seniors semi-finals:

Saturday January 13th 2018- Afternoon Bourne Methodist Church
Saturday January 20th 2018- Afternoon Our Lady’s Convent school Loughborough
Saturday January 27th 2018- Afternoon Wrenn Academy Wellingborough
Winners and runners up of each age group in the semi finals go to the
District Final: to be  held on Saturday 24th February 2018 Uppingham community college 

Regional Final: To be held on Saturday 21st April 2018 venue: Uppingham community college 

(Intermediate Start: 10.00. Seniors Start: 13.00. Post codes of venues on district diary page)

RIBI Final: Nationals Finals will be on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Exmouth Community College

Basic Format: Subject chosen by the entrants.  Chairperson speaks for 2 minutes, Speaker speaks for 6 minutes, Proposer of the Vote of Thanks speaks for 2 minutes


Competitions are judged by 3 adjudicators who work to a set marking system. It is essential that all competitors know the rules. These and other support material are in the information pack  and can be downloaded here. We understand the pressure teachers are under these days, but we hope you will look at the competition as an opportunity for your pupils to enhance skills they already possess. Many schools incorporate this in their English or Drama curriculum.  Your Local Rotary Club will support you during the year. District Organiser: Richard Wells (RC Bourne)  email