IN THE COMMUNITY: Free Rotary leadership course for ages 18 to 25 in North Wales in July

By the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh

Would you like to take part in a course which develops your qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving?

Rotary runs fully sponsored courses every year for young people aged between 18 and 25.

The week-long course, which is free for selected candidates, takes place at an outdoor education centre in the small hamlet of Rhos-y-Gwaliau near Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

The Centre is staffed by a small group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor leisure pursuits.

This year’s course will take place from July 20-27 and the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh is looking for candidates who would like to apply for sponsorship.

The course is open to both sexes, from different backgrounds and levels of experience. We are looking for young people with leadership potential.

The course includes two days of team building followed by two more days learning new skills, such as orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and slate mine exploration. Participants use these skills in a group exercise which takes place in locations around the Snowdonia National Park.

Participants on the course find that it helps them to develop a more complete personality and new-found confidence and skills.

After the course you will be invited to make a short presentation to the Rotary Club about your experiences and what you have gained from it

Following this you will receive an award certificate, a valuable document to add to your CV.

If you are between 18 and 25 and would like to apply, please e-mail Richard Nicholson at and he will arrange a short interview with you about what you feel you would get from the course.

Don’t delay your application because the course is very popular and places are limited.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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