Sports Grants

Written by Administrator. Posted in Youth Reports

The Rotary Club of Kendal has grants available to young sports players from Kendal, aged 14 to 24

Successful applicants will be competing at least at County or Regional (or equivalent, depending on the sport) standard in their sport.

The grant is towards training and perhaps competition costs: it can be used for travel to specific training opportunities or for equipment.

Applications, by email, to

stating name and contact details, sport, details of level of competition and a very brief outline of how the grant would be spent.

Round 1 applications - NOW CLOSED
Closing date for Round 2 applications is Friday 24th June 2016

The funding for this grant is raised via the 3 Counties Challenge Cycle Sportive. The Rotary Club of Kendal is grateful for the support of the Kent Valley Road Club in organising the event: the 3CC 2016 takes place on Sunday 14th August.

(Except in exceptional circumstances The Rotary Club of Kendal would not expect to contribute to National Governing Body expenses eg for an individual to travel to an international fixture.)

Rotary Youth Speaks 2014

Written by Administrator. Posted in Youth Reports

The Rotary Club of Kendal recently organised and ran their Youth Speaks Competition which featured four local schools, John Ruskin, Kirkbie Kendal, The Lakes School and Queen Katherine.

All schools gave outstanding performances with the winning team being The Lakes School with their talk on ‘Jealousy’. They  also won the best ‘Chair’ and ‘Vote of Thanks’ categories.

Their team of Beth Jakins, Meghan Guy and Jenny Holden will now go on to compete in the district final to be held next year. The best individual speaker was Angus Pinkney from Kirkbie Kendal who entertained us with an intriguing talk entitled, ‘How does airbrushing in the media affect teenage perceptions of body image’.

A gallery of teams and winning speakers appears below:


Written by Administrator. Posted in Youth Reports

Poppy Bullard was a member of the Windermere School's national winning team in Rotary's 2011 Youth Speaks competition.  She is now a student in her third year at university and recently contacted the club to let us know that she will be participating in the Eton 10k Swim in May to raise money for Alice's Escapes.  Together with a friend Rachel from university she will attempt to swim two full laps of Eton Dorney rowing lake (used during the 2012 Olympics).  The event is known as the Marathon Swim!

She has set up a page for those who may wish to help her achieve her target.  This can be found at -

RYPEN 2013

Written by Angie Biggs. Posted in Youth Reports

RYPENRYPEN, or Rotary Youth Enrichment Programme, gives a week at the Castle Head Centre near Grange for fourteen year olds. It's a bit like the RYLA week that Jack Cottam went on, but generally attended by students who haven't yet shown their leadership potential, those less certain of themselves than Jack. We aim to send two students from Kendal and have been lucky enough to be given a free place, so long as we paid for one. This is very useful, since each place costs more than £400.

On the final day a presentation is given by the students for Rotarians and parents. What stood out for me, when I went in October, was how well the organisers had worked with the group of over thirty students, who arrived shy and, I'm sure, not easy to work with as a whole group. They all spoke of the confidence they had gained. They weren't young people who could easily stand up and talk to an audience, but they had been given the confidence to do this and all sorts of other daunting things.

Young Photographer Competition 2012 - Winners

Written by Administrator. Posted in Youth Reports

Once again we had some splendid entries for our Young Photographer competition ably organised by Jeff Pimblett assisted by John Farmer. Many thanks to them.

The 7-10 age group was won by Poppy Howe of Vicarage Park School. Connie Dobson (Cartmel Priory) won the 11-13 class and Jed Armitage (QES Kirkby Lonsdale) was the winner in the 14-17 class.

The winners and runners up were awarded their prizes by Pat Hutchinson, President of the Rotary Club of Kendal. Apologies for one or two less than perfect photos of the presentations but our regular photographer wasn't available!

A gallery of pictures of the presentations
can be viewed by clicking on the this thumbnail
(no picture of Age 14 - 17 First Place winner).

View the gallery of winning photographs here.