Once again this year, in partnership with local professional theatre company The Lost Boys, Derby LIVE will be proudly hosting the 6th annual Schools’ Public Speaking Competition.

The final will be staged from 12.00 noon on Friday (6th July) in the Guildhall Theatre main auditorium. It will be judged by Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism; Frederico Almeida, Derby’s Youth Mayor; and Dean Jackson, Founder and Owner of HUUB who is sponsoring this year’s competition.

The competition sees scores of young people every year develop their public speaking skills and, just as importantly, their confidence and self-esteem.

Competing schools take part in their own workshop on public speaking led by The Lost Boys. Students then compete in their respective heats, with the winner of each heat progressing to Friday’s final. The overall competition winner is treated, with their parent or guardian, to a day at the Houses of Parliament, often taking in Prime Minister’s Questions.

Murray Park Community School has been involved once again this year. After their workshop and heat, one of their teachers, Tim Taylor, commented:

“The students had a fantastic session.  They were all buzzing from the experience.”

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism commented:

“I am honoured to judge this year’s competition final. The competition enables young people in the city to gain additional skills, build their confidence and make new friends! I am thoroughly looking forward to watching and hearing the finalists speak on Friday.”