Our Work with Young People

Rotary is committed to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons.

Youth Competitions

Our Rotary competitions challenge young people and build their confidence in a fun environment. Plus, there are great prizes up for grabs.

Winners from our local heats have the chance to compete in regional heats and then at a national level.

Developing the skill of young people

Youth Competitions

The Young Photographer

Coming soon – The Young Photographer

A competition for people 17 years or under who have access to a mobile phone or camera.

Young Chef

Fancy yourself as a budding cook?  This popular competition for secondary school students, gives entrants the chance to put their culinary skills to the test and be judged by leading industry professionals.

Right: Celebrity Chef, Phil Vickery judged the young chefs from High Wycombe in April, 2024.

Did you know.....

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The recent winner of BBC1 Masterchef Professionals, Tom Hamblet(26) actually began his first ever cooking competition with his local Rotary Young Chef competition. 

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Youth Speaks

We have some fine young orators locally. This secondary school competition lets debating teams compete against other teams in a way that entertains an audience.   Many local schools have taken part including Holmer Green Senior School, Sir William Ramsay School, Icknield Community College, the Royal Grammar School and Wycombe Abbey School. Both the RGS and Wycombe Abbey teams have reached the national finals.


We are grateful to our previous sponsors Allan Janes LLP and to Wycombe Abbey for the use of the Lancaster Arts Centre theatre.


Contact us if you are a teacher and want to enter a school team, be a judge or one of the sponsors in 2023.

Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Award Scheme operates in several Upper Schools in High Wycombe. It is an award to individual students, selected by their school, to acknowledge exceptional effort to achieve personal goals or overcome personal challenges and is usually presented at an Awards ceremony in the school.

Reading in Schools

Rotarians help young learners in primary schools improve their reading skills through one-to-one coaching. Over the years, we have seen young people grow in confidence and enjoy reading activities.


Primary schools approach our Club to find out if we can offer this extra support and we are planning to restart this scheme.

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Rotary’s youth competitions offer a platform for talents to shine.

Mini Business Enterprise Competition

This is a four-hour long competition in which teams of Year 6 students set up their own business to design, manufacture and sell a product.  As many as 20 teams compete at the same time so there is a great buzz and sense of excitement during the event.   These young students learn about working in a team, communicating with each other whilst making a profit for their business.


We desperately need volunteers from local businesses to help us run and sponsor this event.  If you have staff members able to volunteer four hours late afternoon to work with us by being buyers or judges, please get in touch.

Winning Interviews

workshops for Year 11s on how to present themselves in an interview.