Young Ambassador Competition 


... The 2020 winner is ...

Young Ambassador contestants Lions Stratford upn Avon

The Lions Young Ambassador of the 21st Century Award

recognises young people for their outstanding community service involvement and

encourages them to keep and develop that community involvement.

It broadens awareness of community service opportunities and enables them to sharpen

interview and communication skills.

It also gives them the opportunity to win a bursary for a community project which

they have been undertaking or want to start.

This is a National Competition which aims to celebrate the many achievements of

young people commencing in September of each year.

Candidates must be aged between 15 - 18 years by the end of June in the following year.

Local candidates have won up to £1,500 for their charitable project.

Click the video below to hear from Abi who Shakespeare Lions sponsored and won the

Young Ambassador Competition in 2020 going forward to represent the UK in the European final.

Virtual European Young Ambassador Competition for 2020

The European final was held 17th April 2021 with Abi representing Lions in the UK.

The countries taking part were: Moldova, Rumania, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom and Ireland.

The main areas covered by the projects were:

Environment,  Sociological effect on young people, On line training and teacher support due to low wages and lack of devices.


Abi gave a brilliant presentation full of conviction and personality.

The results of this competition were:-

1st place - Nel Top from Belgium for a very inspiring project on the environment.

2nd place - Matthew Colgan from Ireland, a great presentation on how difficult it was in rural areas for young people to talk about self-harm, suicides and other topical issues. The programme enables young people to communicate together on Zoom and is called T & Talk.

3rd place Giorgio Bernardini from Italy which was a 2nd project on the Environment.

They were all exceptional young people and lifted the bar to a great height for future candidates.

On the 9th May 2021 Shakespeare Lions President presented Abi with the trophy for winning the UK Young Ambassador in front of the memorial in Stratford upon Avon.

This year's winner is .....


This year Jake Blatcher and Caris Baugham entered our 2021 competition. 

Both developed strong presentations and coped well with the challenges of speaking

on zoom to a panel of judges. 

Club members who attended were impressed by the quality of

their delivery on the night and their dedication to volunteering. 

In a very close decision, Jake was the eventual winner of our club heat.  

Both were awarded a £50 cheque towards their respective projects.

Young Ambassador 2020 contender Jake receives his cheque cheque.jpg

Jake volunteers for the Adaptive Club which operates under the umbrella of the

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club.


It helps introduce people

with physical disabilities to rowing and

supports them while they gain

experience in this sport.

Young Ambassador 2020 contender Caris receives her cheque.jpg

Caris volunteers for 'KiB'. 

Kissing it Better is a healthcare charity and training provider.

It works to end the isolation of old age by bringing the generations together. 


Caris has adapted to the challenges

of Covid by designing cheerful cards for patients to brighten up their lives while in hospital. 

Another award supported by Shakespeare Lions is

the John Whitfield award.  This is only

presented to a young person and only if they have

demonstrated outstanding community service.


We are proud to announce that this award has been presented in 2020 to Jake Blatcher,

who was also presented with a cheque in support of

the Adaptive section of the Stratford Rowing Club .


Shakespeare Lions first learned about Jake's passion for helping others

when he entered the 2020 / 2021 Young Ambassador competition,

an annual event throughout the Lions movement. 


Jake found that entering and becoming Shakespeare Lions' 'Young Ambassador 2020/2021'

helped to develop his presentation skills and self-confidence.

He definitely recommends that any young person volunteering in the community finds out

more about it, because it not helps them but also the group

they volunteer for.


Jake loves sculling and is an active member of the Adaptive Club, which helps address and remove barriers preventing people with disabilities

from taking to the water. 

Mark Dewdney Head Adaptive Coach at Stratford Boat Club, commented, 

“Jake’s selfless assistance and input with the Club’s adaptive section has been an example

and beacon to us all in these challenging times and exemplifies the qualities of all

who coach and volunteer at Stratford Boat Club.


We are immensely proud of Jake’s achievements not only on the water but also in his own life.

The encouragement, mentoring and help that Shakespeare Lions has provided

for over fifty years in our local community has a massive and positive impact

upon the confidence and progress of young adults.”

John Whitfield Award

John Whitfield award shield.jpg

2020 winner; Jake Blatcher