Rotary Clubs have, since their formation,  helped and supported young people as an essential part of their contribution to the local communities. The Rotary Club of Battle is active in organising two major events involving students from local schools.

RIBI Youth Speaks Competition 2018

Youth Speaks is a Rotary competition which encourages  and develops public speaking and presentation skills in young people. Such skills are enormously important in helping to develop the confidence of those taking part and prove most valuable in their future life and careers. The Rotary Clubs of Battle and Bexhill have organised this competition for an number of years and it is now very popular with all the schools in the area. The winner of the local final enters the District final and, if successful, onto the Regional Final and then the National Final.

Claverham Community College’s senior public speaking team from Battle are to progress to the national final of Rotary International’s Youth Speaks competition.   They won the South East Regional competition held in Maidstone on 29 April speaking on “Morality, Empathy and Group Mentality”.  In addition the team’s Nathaniel Mitchell won the prize for “Best Speaker” and  Mia Shaw for best “Vote of Thanks”.  It was a highly successful afternoon for the school; Isabel Murphy from Claverham’s intermediate team was awarded best “Vote of Thanks” in the junior competition.

RIBI Young Writer Competition 2018

The Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland  and supports and encourage young people in the development of their creative writing skills. The local round of this three stage competition is sponsored by Battle Rotary Club in partnership with the Battle Writers’ Group

The third year of the local Rotary Young Writer’s competition, was held by the Rotary Club of Battle in partnership with Battle Writer’s Group at Bexhill Academy on Friday 16th March. Young writers from the following schools; Vinehall, Claverham Community College, Bexhill Academy, Robertsbridge Community College and Battle Abbey competed in three categories, Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.

The competitors were asked to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘A Different Perspective’ which was then read out at the evening to the judges and the audience. The imagination and skill of the authors impressed the judges and the audience who were entertained by a wide variety of perspectives. The winners were as follows; Juniors, Hugo Edgar from Vinehall School, Intermediates, Edie Gardner from Robertsbridge Community College and Seniors, Emily Carey from Battle Abbey School.

They will go on the Rotary District finals and then, if successful, to the National Final.The competition Judges were Jonny Magnanti, actor, writer and director, Lisa Harmer-Pope, actor and writer, Sue Barrell BBC competition judge, author and member of Battle Writers Group, and Roy Chapman, Chairman of Battle Writers Group and author. The Judges found it a very challenging task to select the finalists as the standards this year were very high.

Special guests at the event were, Mr Chris Gebbie OBE, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and his wife and author Vanessa Gebbie, the Deputy Mayor of Bexhill Councillor Abul Azad and the Rotary District Governor Mrs Carol Vizzard who presented prizes to the ten finalists. Vanessa Gebbie spoke to all the contestants and from her own experience of writing encouraged and inspired the young writers to keep working at a hugely satisfying lifelong challenge.


A unique international service organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that enable young adults to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. Rotaract is an opportunity for young men and women to enhance their personal development, address the physical and social needs of their communities and promote better relations between people worldwide through friendship and service. Visit the Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland website.

Youth Exchange

Each year, Rotary Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to see the world, not as a tourist, but by meeting and living with people from other countries and cultures. Students experience a different way of life, discover their real self, make international friends and in some cases, learn another language.

Scholarships and Fellowships

We run a range of scholarships for graduate and post graduate students at overseas universities in subjects aligned with our six areas of focus. Uniquely these include the opportunity to study at one of our international centres specialising in peace and conflict resolution.

Pestalozzi International Village Trust

The Rotary Club of Battle maintains contact with the students of the Pestalozzi International Village Trust, in particular with their Rotaract Club. These students come from disadvantaged communities around the world and study in Sussex to A level standard. They make a major contribution to the Club’s annual Senior’s Party.

The 1066 Specials  – Rotary’s Football Team  


The 1066 Specials football club has come a long way since its formation in 2003, when Rotarian Harold Lawrence recognised the need for children and adults with disabilities to have the opportunity to play football. Since then over two hundred and fifty young people in the Hastings and Rother area have been able to enjoy their favourite sport, thanks to an successful organisation that is well respected not only in the local community but in the wider world of football.

In 2007, the 1066 Specials football club achieved charitable status and since then, the award of Sussex Sports Partnership Approved Club status, the Rother Safe Sport Initiative Certificate of Achievement, and the Football Association’s Charter Standard Club status. In 2013 the 1066 Specials received the most prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is equivalent to the MBE for voluntary groups.

The Club refers to its players, volunteers and supporters as ‘The Family of the 1066 Specials.’ With the support of the much valued volunteers, whose commitment and dedication to the club is a key reason for success, the Club has gone from strength to strength and last season won the Sussex Disability Football League’s Premiership Trophy, and other 1066 sides were winners and runners up in the Adult League and also Cup winners. The environment is one where having fun is the heart of the Club

Harold, who is now a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Battle , founded the 1066 Specials Club in 2003 whilst President of the Rotary Club of Bexhill. He is a recommended Rotary speaker and is more than happy to give a presentation about the 1066 Specials to any club or organisation.

Further information about the 1066 Specials Club is on their website