Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 1955 to 2002

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 1955 - 2002

 
Unfortunately Alex in photo below with Sareta from Spain and Mike, left of photo above are no longer with us. John is still working with young people on an Internationally. This hugely popular RYLA programme including the Martial Arts format is now closed due to the lack of support. The webpage remains as a tribute to three dedicated Rotarians in spite of District Officials

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These events are now closed but this history page will be remain as a TESTIMONIAL to two of the best events EVER and so that the students taking part can remain in contact through the years
 
Amazingly the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards have come full circle and the new 2012 programme was once again based at the Warwickshire College at Moreton Morrell
 
International Youth Week 1955 to 2002
 
      
   Planning the next days activities        International students     Team with their RYLA certificates
 
The first International Youth Week was conceived in 1954/5 by the then Governor of District 106, Rotarian Harold Harman of the Rotary Club of Wednesbury to commemorate fifty years of the Rotary Movement
 
A ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Youth Exchange activity with a Rotary Youth Leadership Award for young men aged 16-21 from D1060 and D1210 and Countries in Europe and the Middle East
 
In 47 years the International Youth Week brought together over 1,000 young men from Europe and further afield matched with an equal number of young men from the UK, aged between 16 and 21, for a week of sporting and cultural activities thereby enhancing the fourth aspect of Rotary

The Advancement of International Understanding Goodwill and Peace

The International Youth Week Committee invited up to 36 young men from overseas and up to 36 young men from the two Rotary Districts of 1060 and 1210 to take part in the International Youth Week programme each year
 
      
  Three lads from Turkey               Table Tennis competition                          Time to relax           
 
The overseas students were looked after for the two weeks prior to the event in the homes of Rotarian hosts before taking part in the event held during the third week at the Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell
 
The Last International Youth Week for Young Men was held between 12th and 20th July 2002. The activities of this week were staffed by experienced Rotarians and qualified Youth Workers who volunteered their services. This single sex event and was eventually closed by Rotarians whose priority was political correctness
 
The Warwickshire College with its 244 hectare estate is located at the village of Moreton Morrell, 8 miles equidistant from Leamington Spa, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, in beautiful rural countryside. Moreton Hall was built in the early part of this century by Charles T. Garland, an American whose interests lay in horses, real tennis and trees and although recently gutted by fire, it is now in the course of restoration
 
Those participating in the International Youth Week were accommodated in houses, each having eight single bedrooms, with its own wash hand basin. Toilet, bathing and shower facilities were on a shared basis. There are purpose built facilities for a variety of sports, including football; hockey; badminton; tennis; volley-ball; basket-ball and swimming. The college further includes a sports hall, areas for relaxation and attractive walks and Gardens
 
    
The Fountain on the lawn                             Morton Hall                               The Italian Garden
 
 Sporting activities between groups was on a competitive basis. Preparation of reports or projects with the general aim of showing how world events influenced the attitudes and outlook of the younger generation. Using audio and visual aids. Initiative tests intended to identify qualities of leadership and the concept of corporate planning and group discussions aimed at promoting better understanding of different cultures and ways of life

During all these activities the young men were continually monitored as to their leadership qualities in order to assess their suitability for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award ( RYLA ) based on their stay at the college. On the last night a concert was put on by the Students
 
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