The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  It is a four-stage competition which is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills. Some stages may have more than one round.


This competition aims to offer young people:

  • experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team
  • an incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects
  • discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time
  • the opportunity of learning and practising high standards of expression, presentation and appearance
  • impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators

Who can take part?

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

Each team will comprise of three students in full time education in two age groups:

Intermediate       11 to 13 years

Senior               14 to 17 years


With the age qualifying date of 31 August 2017, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, Intermediate entrants 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).

Students should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary club through their respective group, as detailed above.

Competitors, schools, colleges and other organisations can participate in a district that is outside of their boundary, but can only compete in one club or district.

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