The rotary clubs of Yate and Chipping Sodbury came together to meet four teenagers who attended a recent awards event.

Chipping Sodbury and Yate Rotary Club got together to hear the experience from Esme Littlechild, Sarah Friis, Luke Firstbrook and Casey Mason.

The group attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, RYLA, which is sponsored by Rotarians, at Dean Field Study Centre in the Forest of Dean.

The scheme aims to give a development opportunity to young adults by exposing them to leadership scenarios, working in a team to solve problems and apply creative approach to leadership.

It also allows them to meet new people, build self-confidence and to understand how they might approach community and service projects.

Some of the activities are physical and designed to ensure good involvement and reliance on team working to achieve the results.

The four candidates said that RYLA was life changing, unique, and challenging and a great opportunity for them.

Sarah’s mum said she had noticed a difference in Sarah’s who was noticeably more self-confident and has much more self-belief.

Three of the group were from Brimsham School, Esme Littlechild, Sarah Friis and Luke Firstbrook who is also a Challenger Explorer scout. The forth member was Casey Mason from Chipping Sodbury school.