Youth Speaks

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. Dates of birth between 01/09/2000-31/08/2003

Senior: Usually school years 10 to 13. Dates of birth 01/09/1996-31/08/2000

Eligibility: Young people who are in full time education representing schools, colleges or youth groups.

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

Entry Forms:…Please note that an entry form per team must be completed.Forms should be sent to the organiser by 13th December together with a cheque for £10 per team payable to District


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

District Semi-Finals: Deadline for entries to be confirmed.

Intermediate semi-finals:

Wednesday 21st January, at Bourne Academy
Thursday 22nd January, at Northampton High School for Girls
Tuesday 3rd February, at Beauchamp College

 Seniors semi-finals:

Wednesday 4th February, at Bourne Academy
Thursday 5th February, at Northampton High School for Girls
Tuesday 10th February, at Beauchamp College

Winners and runners up go to the District Final which is being held on Saturday 14th March, 2015 at Catmose College, Oakham

Regional Final: Uppingham Community College LE15 9TJ on Sunday 26th April 2015

Intermediate Start: 10.00. Seniors Start: 13.00.

RIBI Final: Nationals Finals will be on Sunday 10th May 2105 at Brentwood School, Essex

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 can be downloaded fromthis page. 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: Joyce Marston RC of Uppingham [email protected]

Youth Speaks District Final

Wednesday 29th February saw 12 expectant teams plus an unprecedented number of supporters gather at Kimbolton School for the Youth Speaks District Final. After an initial welcome the Intermediates’ headed for the Queen Katherine Building to do their presentations and the Seniors presented in the magnificent salon in the Castle. At the end of the competition all teams and supporters gathered in the salon with tension rising awaiting the results which were announced as follows. Senior Section

  • Winning Team:  Northampton High School for Girls sponsored by RC Northampton West
  • Runners up: Bourne Grammar School sponsored by RC Bourne
  • Best Chair: Shefali Kotecha Northampton High School for Girls
  • Best Speaker: Grace Ray Catmose College
  • Best Vote of Thanks:  Charles Legge Bourne Grammar School

Intermediate Section

  • Winning Team: Kimbolton School sponsored by RC Bedford
  • Runners up: Ivanhoe College sponsored by RC Ashby Hastings
  • Best Chair: Talek  Semmens  Catmose College
  • Best Speaker: Emily Orme Kimbolton School
  • Best Vote of Thanks: Clifford Robinson Kimbolton School

The winners and runners up will all go forward to the Regional Final to be held on Sunday 25th March at Scarborough College.