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Monday, October 21, 2019

Competitions #1 - Debate for England

In the first of an occasional series on debating competitions, we have a guest post from Izzy Fidderman of Debate England. In it, she explains how you can apply to debate for England. She also has details of an intensive training camp run by Debate England.

Applications to trial for the England Schools Debating Team are now open! The top five students across England will be selected to represent their country at the World Schools Debating Championships, which are being held in Mexico in July 2020. The chance to represent your country on the international stage is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If selected, students will receive world class coaching throughout the year delivered by some of the best coaches in the world, as well as the chance to travel to Mexico for the ten day tournament to compete as Team England. 

If you would like to apply to trial for the England Debating Team please fill in this link. We welcome applications from students aged 14-18 attending school in England (UK citizenship is not essential). Those invited to trial will have to attend a full day of debating trials in central London on 23rd of November, and must keep the 24th free too in case they make it through to day two.

There is also an opportunity to experience intensive training in the World Schools format in the World Schools Boot Camp, which runs this year on 16th and 17th November in Central London. 

World Schools Boot Camp was set up in 2016 as a debating training camp tailored uniquely to the World Schools Format. It follows a training program written and developed by Will Cook and Kenza Wilks (both ex-members of Team England, both world champions at the World Schools Debating Championships, and both individually ranked best speaker in the world in 2014 and 2017 respectively), and employs only the top coaches, all of whom have extensive experience in the World Schools format. Since 2016 the camp has grown and we now operate in London and Bermuda. 

Debaters of all experience levels are welcome to the Boot Camp: we will run a minimum of four streams, catering to all levels of experience. Classes will be small groups of 6-10 students. Each day will include small group sessions working on specific aspects of debate, with a particular focus on the World Schools style; lectures on areas of current affairs relevant to debating; and practice debates.

Registration for the camp is now open, and the link to register can be found here:  
The form should take about 10-15 minutes to complete and should be completed by the student with help from their parents when necessary.

The cost of registering is £250 per student: this includes breakfast and lunch on both days, all coaching costs and camp materials (such as an exercise book/pens). However, we are committed to providing financial assistance to all students who may require it, so we have a number of bursaries available that will be allocated on a means tested basis. If you would like to apply for a bursary please indicate so on your registration form. 

Registration will close on the 1st of November, but we would recommend applying early as we will be offering places on a first come, first served basis. 


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