Arguments are fine-tuned for BT Alba debate

Final preparations are taking place ahead of the 2011 BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate with the first two rounds being held in An Lanntair in Stornoway next week onTuesday and Wednesday, November 8th and 9th.

The first round will commence at 1pm and again at 6.30pm on Tuesday the 8th.

The annual event brings together 20 debating teams from 19 schools from across Scotland who will all compete in this prestigious competition which is now in its 13th year. Competing for the first time are Oban High School and Grange Academy from Kilmarnock.

Four schools will compete in the semi-finals to be held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on November 29th, with the final hosted in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood the following day; this event will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Talking about the event Chairperson of the BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Management Committee, Calum Iain MacLeod said: “I would encourage members of the public to go along and support the 2011 Deasbad BT Alba.

“Through the course of the first two rounds we see some excellent debates – a showcase of the strength of the debating and communication skills of our Gaelic speaking youngsters. It is also particularly encouraging to welcome two new schools to this year’s Debate and trust they all have an enjoyable and beneficial experience. I would thoroughly recommend those interested in a great afternoon or evening’s entertainment to make their way to An Lanntair”.

Further information on the BT 2011 Debate can be found on the Debate’s website at