Youth Projects

Annual Technology Tournament

Downham Market Town Hall

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Every year we organise the challenge known as the Technology Tournament. Local schools are invited to send teams of 11 to 16 year old students to take part. Because of the uncertainty during the current pandemic, dates for 2021 have not been announced and will depend entirely on governmental medical advice.

This competition for young people has been accredited by the British Science Association to the CREST Discovery Awards.

The CREST Awards scheme is Britain’s largest and most widely recognised national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It is co-ordinated by the British Science Association, a charity which advances understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering.

Ours is one of the 100 or more RIBI Technology Tournaments held annually. They are a day out of school for teams of four students with an interest in engineering, design, technology and science, to design and build a solution to an unseen technical task within a specific time frame. The teams need to have good communication skills, be well organised, and able to show the stages of development of their task solution in a design portfolio. Each team’s solution as a working model is competitively tested and assessed by a team of judges. Recognition is given to the winning teams in each of three age categories.

By taking part in our Technology Tournament students are already demonstrating many of the skills they need to obtain the CREST Discovery Award. These include working systematically, solving problems creatively and relating their project to a real world context. The CREST Discovery Award requires 10-14 year olds to complete at least five hours work on a project in one day.


We have now launched the Junior Technology Tournaments and in 2019 they took place at Southery Academy on the 16th October, and later at Upwell Academy on the 29th November. These were so well received that repeats are planned for whenever the pandemic health regulations ease


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award

The RYLA programme is strongly supported by our Club. Each year we send at least two candidates to the week-long event at Grafham Water..... Click on the RYLA logo to take you through to their website with lots of information including videos shot at one of the RYLA events.

What is it?

A Personal development 8 day seminar (7 nights) involving Water Sports, Practical Initiative tests, Development of Interpersonal Skills, Camping, Map reading, Problem solving, Computer based business game, Lectures and presentations.

VENUE: Grafham Water Centre, Near Huntingdon

DATES: Every September

WHO IS IT FOR? Young Adults 18-26

Please email us with the subject RYLA if you would like more information.

The course costs £685 per candidate and the Rotary Club of Downham Market will consider funding support if necessary. Companies are invited to apply for places on the course.

This course changes lives! Every one of the candidates who have attended this come away with confidence and leadership skills that wil benefit not only themselves but also their employers. A course like this, purchased on the commercial market, would cost a company at least £2000 per candidate.


Other Rotary youth oriented projects are:

RotaKids - a club for 7 to 12 year olds

Interact - for 12 to 18 year olds

Rotaract for ages 18 to 30+

Rotary Youth Exchange - overseas exchanges for ages 14 -22

Young Restaurant Server Competition for age 16+

Young Citizen Awards - age up to 25

Young Musician - age up to 17

Young Chef Competition - 11 - 17 years

Youth Speaks - 11 -17 years

Young Artist. Junior intermediate and senior age groups

Young Photographer. Age groups as for Young Artist

Young Writer - same age groups

Young Environmentalist

Young Film Maker

If you would like information on any of the above please email us at