The 2017 course will be held on 20-25 August. If you are aged 16-18, or know of someone else who would like to participate in future years, contact your local Rotary Club or visit www.ryla1180.co.uk

Now in its 17th year, on 21 August 40 students from Rotary District 1180 went on a leadership course at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre near Dolgellau which was organised by Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club.

The students aged 16 to 18 met up on Sunday afternoon and during the week were split into four teams that competed in various events, each student had the opportunity to lead their team in a variety of activities.

All activities were aimed at developing confidence and leadership techniques but there was an over-arching theme to form and organise a fictitious boat building company. Each team had to appoint their own CEO, Treasurer, Secretary, Trainer and other supportive team positions.

The task was structured in a manner that gave the students an insight into a company environment and the various demands they might face in future life.

They even had their own currency, `RYLAian' dollars, to trade and exchange for equipment needed to build a raft.

The week culminated on Thursday in a daylong competition where each team had to build their own raft and paddle across the Dysynni estuary near Towyn to achieve their final leadership task. Students from as far afield as Southport, Liverpool, Nantwich, Bangor, Anglesey, Newtown, Llanidloes as well as five from Oswestry enjoyed a great week and learnt much about leadership and their own abilities.

Each student was sponsored by a Rotary Club in the District and undertakes to give a presentation to the sponsoring club about their experience and how they have benefitted. Students from Oswestry who attended were; Emma Jones, Zak Hughes and Tom Nicholas, (sponsored by Borderland) and Jacob Owen and Tom Lowe (sponsored by Oswestry Club)

The RYLA Training Course is administered and facilitated by Borderland Rotary Club on behalf of Rotary District 1180

It aims to give young people (16-18 years old)  the opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills.

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