Young Debaters Test Their Mettle on Trip to Durham

Urmston Grammar’s Debating Teams travelled to Durham for the North Regional Round of the International Competition for Young Debaters on Saturday the 29thof February. After an early rise and a two-hour train journey, all eight of the debaters arrived at Durham University for the day-long competition.

A variety of topics were debated as diverse as: the criminal justice system; incentivising fathers to be stay-at-home-parents; compulsory vaccination; and the damage caused by gendered award systems in the media. The competition proved to be challenging as well as great fun. Urmston Grammar’s Team A, Matthew Ingham and Alex Oliva from Year 10 were placed 6th – only one point away from the finals in Oxford! For many of our Year 9 debaters, this was their first competition.

Inside Durham cathedral

The teams – Ailin Zhang and William Allen; Abigail Fernandez-Arias and Laurel Easterby-Smith; and Freya Leech and Nasiha Patel – all put in a all put in a series of excellent performances, beating a host of other teams in the process.

The debaters also had the chance to visit Durham Cathedral. Our debaters didn’t arrive back in Manchester until around 9:30 pm! I think we can all agree that it was a very long but highly worthwhile day.

Report by Matthew Ingram

Debating takes place every Wednesday at 3:20 pm in the auditorium. It is open for any student in year 9 to year 13, so why not come along and give it a try? Who knows, you may enjoy it…

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