Youth Services

Youth Speaks

youth_speaks_1000The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established national event. It is designed to give young people experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team.

Ayr Rotary have run Youth Speaks for many years and want to involve as many local schools as possible in the Ayr and local area. It is open to two age groups

  • Intermediate 11 to 13 years
  • Senior 14 to 17 years

Local heats are held with the winners going on to district then national finals. An Information Pack can be downloaded, or please contact our Youth Services convenor, Colin Vooght


Young Musician


This National Young Musician Competition taps into the talent of musically inclined individual secondary school pupils who can perform at a competent level, either vocalist or instrumentalist. Local heats are held, followed by district and national finals. All heats are held at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The competition is open to secondary school pupils in and around Ayr, and aims to offer:

  • the experience of performing on a public stage
  • an opportunity to showcase their musical talent
  • impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by experienced adjudicators

An Information Pack can be downloaded, or please contact our Youth Services convenor, Colin Vooght

Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA_logoRYLA_2RYLA is an intensive training programme for 14 to 17 year olds offering leaders of the future a chance to get a head start at an early age.

Talented young people attend a seminar, camp, or workshop, generally for five days.

The RYLA programme gives young people the chance to improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses and institutions, explore career paths, share ideas and experiences, learn how to coordinate youth activities and community service projects in the community, and discuss creative approaches for resolving family, social, and professional conflicts.

Whether you are a secondary school student , college student, or young professional, RYLA provides a unique opportunity to learn, grow, have fun, and make new friends.

Contact Colin Vooght to find out details of our next District RYLA event.