Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Residential Courses at Grafham Water Centre, Cambridgeshire and Whitehall education centre Buxton (Young RYLA).

Who: RYLA Young Adults aged 18 – 26, Young RYLA students aged 13 -16

who show the potential and inclination to give leadership to youth through voluntary and/or vocational activities



RYLA 2021 – Saturday 24th July 2021 – Saturday 31st  July 2021

What – A personal development 8 day seminar (7 nights) of activities including:

  • Water sports

  • Practical Initiative Tests

  • Development of Interpersonal Skills

  • Camping

  • Map Reading

  • Problem Solving

  • Computer based business game

  • Lectures & Presentations

    What does RYLA offer?

    RYLA programmes run between three to ten days and give participants the opportunity to:

    • Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
    • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
    • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
    • Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve
    • Meet new people and make lasting friendships
    • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects at locally and internationally

    Being a leader is not just about being confident enough to speak out and knowing what to say, it is knowing when to listen to others and understand. RYLA teaches this, and other soft skills, to help everyone to be the best they can be.

    Teamwork exercises bring people together from different walks of life in a safe environment where everyone can get to know each other without fear of exclusion or negativity.

    As with all Rotary programmes, Rotary members are appropriately DBS checked and risk assessments are carried out for all activities.

    Who eligible?

    You don’t need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades, just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun.

    RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding. Some degree of fitness is required.

    The District 1070 RYLA course is open to people aged 18 to 26. ( For students aged 13-16 see Young RYLA below)

Want to see if you or someone you know would benefit from participating in  RYLA?

Then Watch these  videos to see how individuals team building, management and personal skills are developed along with their self esteem and self confidence:

See the comments made by District 1070 candidate Charlie Fagan on what she gained from RYLA click here  to play the  MP4 format files.

or for You Tube   CLICK HERE

Watch the You Tube videos of past RYLA events  YouTube video 1 Watch the YouTube video 2 

Why – Investing in all our futures.

This course is considered to be the finest of its type in ‘Rotary In Great Britain & Ireland’.

Applicants must be able to commit themselves to the whole week. The course is designed on a basis of team competition with each day building on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous days. Any time lost is to the detriment of the awardee, the team and the whole group.

Rotary clubs please note: It is essential to have a reserve awardee to cover for last minute illness etc. Perhaps this year’s reserve could become next year’s priority choice.

Details about the July 2021 course / reservations from the Rotarian in residence:

 Rtn Karen Caudwell Rotary club of Grantham

Applications for attending RYLA should be made through your local District 1070 Rotary Club using the RYLA reservation form.

Thank you to the Rotary clubs and organisations clubs who have already reserved places.

There are places for 45 Candidates this year so reserve a space for candidate(s) now. The cost per candidate for 2021 is £680 ( This price is subsidised by Rotary)

Local businesses and organisations who have individuals who they feel would benefit from RYLA are invited to contact their local Rotary club or the RYLA coordinator Karen Caudwell

To reserve a place on the 2021 RYLA please use the reservation form

Download the RYLA 2021-reservation-form here

A registration form is required for each RYLA entrant

Download the RYLA 2021 REGISTRATION FORM  here

please return completed forms to :

Rtn Karen Caudwell Rotary Club of Grantham email:

A Selection of Pictures from RYLA at Grafham Water







Friday 5th  – Sunday 7th February 2021

Young RYLA is similar to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) but is designed for students between the ages of 13-16 years old.

The  Young RYLA event for young people from Rotary District 1070 will be held in  February 2021 over the weekend  Friday 5th Feb ( arrive from 5pm to 7pm)   to 5pm Sunday 7th February 2021.

Please contact the District organiser as soon as possible to reserve a place on the Young RYLA course and to obtain the application forms.

Closing date for booking is 4th November 2020 .


The aim is to enable young people to develop personal skills by undertaking, first hand, different and sometimes challenging tasks in a safe environment that will:

* improve communication skills,

* develop leadership and team building skills.

* develop the use of initiative and improve self-reliance.


The course is held in Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre, which is run by the Derbyshire County Council and is 3 miles from Buxton in the Peak  District National Park.

Content of the Course

The course is individually tailored to meet the needs of the group and include outdoor activities including:

* Rock climbing,

* Canoeing,

* Abseiling

* Caving and a host of other activities.

There is also a range of indoor activities including a climbing wall.

All activities are supervised by highly qualified staff and the centre holds a licence from the National Adventure Licensing Authority.

Safety is paramount  and the Centre works to nationally accepted standards of good practice.

Alongside the staff at Whitehall are Rotarians who stay with the young people throughout the 2 .5 days and accompany the teams during their activities.

Participation in the activities is not compulsory for Rotarians, The Rotarian’s role is to undertake that of the responsible adult but,you may well achieve goals and face challenges that you never thought possible and succeed due to the team work and encouragement given  by the young people .


The cost to the sponsoring Rotary club is  approx. £170 per student.

In order to make this viable we need sponsorship for a minimum of 20 candidates; however It would be wonderful if this number was exceeded and more young students could replicate the experience of those who participated in 2020. The changes  witnessed in those 2.5 days, the leadership and team building skills and the confidence engendered within each individual was truly amazing.

Please contact Sarah Broom( RC Ramsey)   for more details and to indicate the numbers of students you would like to sponsor.
Or to see a powerpoint presentation about Young RYLA click here

Photos from previous years Young RYLA