Rotary Club of Exmoor

Exmoor Rotary: Youth Speaks

This competition is based on a public meeting. It offers young people:

  • experience in speaking on a public platform
  • incentive to formulate ideas on specific subjects
  • discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time
  • opportunity to learn from others high standards of expression, presentation, and appearance
  • experience in accepting impartial assessment and constructive criticism.

The local competition normally takes place in January each year, the Area competition in February, and the District one in March.

YOUTH SPEAKS 2017 took place on Friday 3rd February at Bampton School.

The John Owen Trophy (pictured on the right) is awarded annually to the school which wins the Junior Youth Speaks competition in our local area. It was given in memory of a previous headteacher of Dulverton Middle and Community School. See below for full list of winners.

The John Owen Trophy

The pictures below are from the 2017 event hosted at Bampton School.

Bolham School - Youth Speaks 2017

Winners of the Junior competition (age 10-11)
Bolham School:Renee, Seren, and Isla with Rotary Vice President Jane

"Hand-held Devices - Good or Bad?"

Bampton School Youth Speaks 2017

Runners-up of the Junior competition
Bampton School: Willow, Abbie, and Camlin
"Are Pantos Still Great?"

Youth Speaks 2017

Best Individual Contributors:
Seren (Bolham), Isla (Bolham), and Thomas (Bampton)

Fergus, Sarah, and Thomas

Mabel, Angus, and Lily

Jay, Mollie, and Polly

Henry, Lucy, and Bea

Willow, Abbie, and Camlin

Phoebe, Chester, and Ellie

Seren, Isla, and Renee






Note that Bolham School joined in the competition from 2003.

1998 Bampton School
1999 Bampton School
2000 Dulverton Middle School
2001 Bampton School
2002 Dulverton Middle School
2003 Dulverton Middle School
2004 Bolham School
2005 Bampton School
2006 Bampton School
2007 Bolham School
2008 Bolham School
2009 Bolham School
2010 Bampton School
2011 Bolham School
2012 Bampton School
2013 Bolham School
2014 Bolham School
2015 Bolham School
2016 Dulverton Middle School
2017 Bolham School

In 2005, one Youth Speaks team made it to be interviewed on ITV