'Youth Speaks'

This is an annual event run by the Rotary Organisation in Great Britain.

Each year, Ealing Rotary takes on the responsibility of  organising the West london area heats of this competition.  The West  London event will take place on Wed 3rd February 2016 at St Benedicts School, 54 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London W5 2ES. Details of the event are on our Past Events page.  The District finals are to be held on Sat 27 February 2016 at City of London School for Boys EC4V 3AL.  As this is an annual event, an introduction to this competition is provided below.


Encouraging and developing public speaking and presentation skills in young people has always been a  priority for the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland(RIBI) organisation.

We are delighted  to see  that our schools support our beliefs. Their enthusiasm and increasing participation has seen the annual Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ competition go from strength to strength since its inception. Each year sees the competition produce even more gifted public speakers from within our secondary school aged young people.

The competition is open to teams of pupils from every secondary school in the UK. Teams comprising of pupils aged between eleven and thirteen  compete in the Intermediate category while their older counterparts, aged between fourteen and seventeen, compete in the Seniors category.

The competition  formally starts at district level with the winners of each category progressing to their local regional final. Winners of each regional final have the distinction of representing their region in

Based on the fact that  there are scheduled to be twenty nine district finals with at least eight  teams reaching this stage in each age category,  it is estimated that upto a staggering 2000 teams may actually have applied for the competition, the number being narrowed down at the club or area level, prior to reaching the formal start of the competition at district level.
The quality of the speakers is consistently fantastic and if you get the chance to attend any of the competition events, we guarantee you will not fail to be impressed by the talent  and courage of our young people.
If you know of any young people in your school or youth group  outside the West London area who would be ideally suited to and would welcome  this challenge, please do encourage them to participate in this event. 
Your local Rotary club will be very happy to supply you with further details of this competition.

What you need to do

If you have any connections with secondary school pupils in the West London area, here’s what we’d like you to do

  • Advertise the competion to teachers, students and parents.  The more participants the better.
  • Run internal competions within your school.  We want the best your school has to offer.
  • Help your teams by coaching them to speak clearly, avoid reading notes and above all pick inspiring subjects
  • Let us know about your intention to participate.  Yes, we cannot escape the admin.
  • Keep us informed of your progress, or lack of.  Well, we want to know you have few teams, and really good ones.
  • Plan to win (of course).  Nothing to add.

Competition Rules

Manage your Teams

You can manage your Youth Speak team on-line here on this web site.  You will need to:

Register as a teacher. Click here  If you registered in previous years there is no need to do it again.  Just proceed to login.

Login and Manage your teams.  Click here