Search is on for Thornbury's future leaders

March 19 2019
Search is on for Thornbury's future leaders

THORNBURY Rotary Club is offering the town’s potential leaders of the future the chance to hone their skills in a challenging outdoor course.

Two free places are being offered to 16 to 18 year olds from the town or the surrounding area on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course, which promises to give them the opportunity to challenge themselves through practical and theoretical tasks, as part of a team.

Rotary pays the £520 cost of each place, and participants need to be reasonably fit and prepared to face challenges. The entire group of 40 will come from across the greater Bristol and Gloucestershire area.

Guy Rawlinson, from Thornbury Rotary, said: “It is not an outdoor adventure programme, but activities include a ropes course, canoeing, climbing, and orienteering. These challenges, backed by theory, are used to give participants the opportunity to put their learning into practice in a safe and supportive environment.”

Rosie Spooner went on the course in 2008, when she was 17, and a young leader with a local cadet group.

She described it as an “incredible experience”, adding: “I learnt all about the different skills/styles of leadership and gained a lot of confidence.

RYLA led to further opportunities, including travelling to India for an International RYLA, and volunteering in an Indian street school. Since I was a participant on the course I was lucky enough to volunteer on RYLA, which then led onto my becoming a tutor on this course.”

I love seeing the impact this course has on participants. Experienced tutors have supported many individuals over the years to overcome their biggest fears and achieve huge goals. It is amazing to see the positive effect RYLA has on participants afterwards.”

Thornbury Rotary President Derek Baker said: “We believe that those attending acquire skills which will help them in their future careers.”

The course takes place at the Dean Field Study Centre at Parkend near Lydney on the edge of the Forest of Dean from July 23 to 28.

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