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June 11, 2014

Manchester School wins the Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup.

Earlier this week students from Parrs Wood School, Manchester competed against Central Foundation Boys School, North London in the final of the Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup, a competition supported by Born to Be, the bank’s youth engagement programme.

The two teams had won their respective regionals, progressing through the quarters and then the semi final at the Houses of Parliament to secure their places at the prestigious final. Held at the National Portrait Gallery, this year’s final saw the issue of sexual orientation in sport debated by two excellent teams. Parrs Wood School were announced the winners on the night as they were judged to have argued and articulated their side of the motion best.

Mark Arena, Head of Communications and Marketing, Corporate Banking & Securities, Deutsche Bank presented the prizes to the winners and said of the programme, “It’s great to see young people articulate views and engage with topics as well as developing the confidence, discipline and team work that debating teaches”.

Debate Mate work with 12-15 year olds in some of the UK’s poorest areas. After-school clubs are led by mentors from top universities helping to raise their aspirations through near peer role models. It part of the bank’s commitment to help young people fulfil their potential. Over 2,500 young people competed to take part in this year’s secondary school competition. In addition, the charity has a primary school debating programme for students aged 8-11 years.

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