But what is RYLA? Well, it stands for Rotary Young Leadership Award and this is its 19th year.

It’s an opportunity for young people to improve their skills in Business, leadership, team building whilst testing themselves and making new friends.

Funded by the Rotary, the project has seen more than 600 young people take part over the years and it is always oversubscribed.

They certainly cram a lot into the 4 day course with climbing, canoeing, mountain rescue, raft building and raft racing on the menu.

Maisie Evans and James Wiggins gave a very assured and informative yet amusing talk about their experiences at RYLA to Borderland Rotary Club’s assembled throng this week.

Maisie said “It gave me a chance to reassess my skills and abilities and focus on the positives” while James confided that “I think it really helped my confidence in general but my budgeting in particular!”

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Geoff Barr (President Borderland Rotary), Maisie Evans, James Wiggins, Paul Crosby (RYLA Borderland Rotary)