23 Apr 2018: Debating Matters comes to Salford on 9 July

The Academy of Ideas and Salford City Council are delighted to announce the Debating Matters Salford Championship supported by Capital & Centric and hosted by venue partner The Lowry.

Debating Matters is pleased to reveal a flagship Championship to be held at The Lowry on Monday 9 July 2018. Twelve schools from Salford and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to battle it out for the crown of Debating Matters Salford Champions as they tackle a range of difficult topics over the course of a rigorous day of debate. Partnering with Salford City Council and supported by award-winning property developers Capital & Centric, The Lowry will play host to some of the North West’s sharpest young minds.

The Lowry is a spectacular waterside building housing theatres, galleries, restaurant, café/bars, and a gift shop with facilities for weddings and corporate hire.

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said of the Debating Matters Salford Championship:

“In a complex and ever-changing world, Debating Matters is hugely beneficial for our young people and hugely important for our democracy. This is a competition encouraging young people to be rigorous, robust and self-aware. Nothing could be more important in giving them the tools to engage and succeed.”

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said:

“The regeneration and property sector in particular is only as good as the new generations coming through the ranks, that’s why we’re backing this event. The future of our towns and cities lies in the hands of ambitious young people. They’re fired up, care about the future and can contribute fresh ideas. The young people of Salford are no exception, it’s awesome that Debating Matters will give them a voice to share their take on the world.”

Claire Fox, director of the Academy of Ideas, said:

“We’re delighted that we’re able to bring Debating Matters to Salford and be hosted by a fantastic venue such as the Lowry. The competition prides itself on taking young people seriously, valuing ideas and allowing free debate. We’re proud to be working with Salford City Council, notable in their commitment to the education of young people in their city. Also a massive thanks is due to Capital & Centric, a dynamic company who demonstrate their forward-thinking approach by supporting this event. We can’t wait for a fantastic day of full-throttle, no-holds barred debate and discussion..”

If you are a school or college and you would like to take part, please register interest ASAP as places are limited. Email Bernie Whelan at for all the details and an entry form. You can also contact Bernie with any other queries you have in relation to the event.


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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