ROTARY CLUB OF BANBRIDGE
Youth Leadership Development Competition
The Rotary Youth Leadership & Development Competition is one of the most prized competitions for young people on this island. It is intended to search out and develop our next generation's leaders, and to this end it has been an outstanding success.
The Banbridge club has facilitated local participants in Rotary's Youth Leadership Competition since its inception -
The reputation of the Irish students attending the Euroscola previously has been wonderful. The standard of one group in recent years caused an EU Official to say " today in the European Parliament Ireland is a Superpower".
The Euroscolar Programme is best thought of as Students’ Open day. It is aimed at local schools and youth groups with young people in the age range of 15-
12 countries usually participate, each sending approximately 24 young people.
Each group is introduced to the European parliament by its Chairperson, which would be onerous enough without the proviso that it cannot be done in the student’s mother tongue!
Rotary in Ireland has long considered this competition to be its flagship in Youth Opportunities and our 2800 Rotarians are rightly proud of our representatives in Strasbourg.
Why not join in next year? Use the contact link on our home page
In 2009 for the seventh time in all, Banbridge had a representative on the Euroscolar programme when Conal O'Hare joined the Irish contingent in Strasbourg. . I wonder how many Rotary clubs can claim that -
In 2005, Andrew Neill became the third student from Banbridge in four years, and the sixth in all, to progress to the Euroscolar day in Strasbourg.
In 2003, Aiden Reay addresses the Rotary Conference. He was one of 1825 young people from 350 schools throughout Ireland who participated that year.
Extreme left is a proud Dad, John and on the right is the Head of the European Office, Dr. Jim O'Brien
Riann Coulter made the trip in 1994
Victoria Jennett was one of the lucky ones in 1993
Joanne Mawhinney also represented the area (no photo available)
Rotary in Banbridge recently had a special night focusing on young people. Nicole Parkinson-
The club is hoping that these young people are going to set up an Interact Club in the Banbridge area. Interact is the branch of Rotary based in secondary schools for young people aged 12 to 18.