Harry Ford 2Harry Ford a Year 11 pupil at de Stafford School Caterham was recently sponsored by us  for The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) as part of our investment in the future of young people.

He attended a week’s residential seminar during the Easter holidays organised by Rotary and run by professional activity instructors in a specialised environment.

The RYLA programme is highly varied and combines organisational, physical and sporting activities, as well as offering opportunities to develop discussion, social and leadership skills.

The residential and group-oriented scenario enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses and institutions, while having a great deal of fun and making friends for life.

Last Thursday Harry, accompanied by his mother Mrs Laura Ford and de Stafford Head of Year 11 Mrs. Rachel Treacher, were our lunchtime guests  where Harry was presented with a Certificate of Achievement by Club President Mike O’Reilly.

Geraint Jenkins our Youth Service Chairman commented “RYLA provides the opportunity for young people to refine their skills, explore pertinent topics with their peers, the chance to share valuable expertise and bridge the gap between generations.”

Harry Ford RYLA

Harry Ford (Centre) with l to r Corrie Ball Caterham Rotarian, Rachel Treacher Head of Year 11 de Stafford School, Laura Ford Harry’s mother, Mike O’Reilly Caterham Rotary President and Geraint Jenkins Caterham Youth Services Chairman