Streetsport & Bon Accord Rotary Club partner up for RYLA

Enthusiastic young participants who attend Streetsport sessions are often grateful beneficiaries of a sponsored place in RYLA’s annual adventures through the Bon Accord Rotary Club in Aberdeen.

RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults. The aim is to help them discover their potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in their community, career and everyday life.

Last year saw Jordan, who attended Northfield Academy, attend the RYLA programme at the Abernethy Trust Centre in Nethybridge, just a few miles from Aviemore.

Shortly after his time away he spoke about how much the programme enhanced his leadership and coaching skills through a short Q&A.

What was the most challenging aspect of RYLA?

“Only really when I was first arriving and being nervous. Although I was more confident and outgoing by the end”.

An experience where you took the lead?

“This was great. We went biking the whole day and then went to a lake to build a raft by getting different parts from different areas. The raft fell to pieces but it was great and we ended up swimming. Me and one of the co-leaders were collecting everything as everyone else was stranded!”

How has it helped you for the future?

“I now teach handball in PE 3x a week after helping out to start with and then asking to teach. I’m also much more chilled out, much more in control and I know what to do. I’ve built up relationships with the mentors who all said they were really proud of how I was doing.

“I enjoyed RYLA very much. It was a great time and I made a lot of new friends there. It’s really benefited me with what I’m doing now.

“Thank you very much for the experience, I loved every part of it!”

Thank you very much for the experience, I loved every part of it!
— Jordan, Northfield Academy