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Following English Speaking Board (ESB)’s exciting partnership with Speakers Trust, Chief Executive Tina Renshaw was invited to be a guest judge at the Speakers Trust’s annual “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final 2016-2017, the world’s biggest youth speaking event.

The competition is sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation and trains over 18,000 young people in London and Essex to develop their public speaking skills. Fifteen of the best young speakers from the year were given the chance to “Speak Out” in front of an audience of 1000 people at Cambridge Theatre in London and a panel of esteemed judges before one lucky speaker was crowned Champion.

The title of “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Champion 2017 was awarded to Macsen Brown of Queen’s Park Community School. ESB congratulates Macsen, who wowed the judges with his humourous and educational speech, ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’.

Said Tina, ‘It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to see teenagers demonstrate their talent through passionate and thought-provoking speeches. The standard of all the finalists was so impressive I hope they are all extremely proud of their achievement. I look forward to many more projects in our partnership with Speakers trust which inspire confidence in young people through communication.”

About English Speaking Board (International) Ltd.

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. is a national awarding body with a mission to promote clear, effective communication at all levels by providing high quality products and services domestically and internationally, recognising and encouraging the potential of all. Founded in 1953, ESB offers English speech and language qualifications in the UK and internationally.  ESB’s ethos is to stretch the most able and support the least confident.

About Speakers Trust

Speakers Trust is the UK’s leading public speaking charity. Our vision is for every young person to be able to speak confidently and to be heard. We work extensively in the education, not-for-profit and community sectors, helping individuals to use their voice with confidence to effect positive change.

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