The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the prestigious BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate has been made and the 2013 competition looks set to be another excellent year for the prestigious competition!
The first two rounds will again be held in An Lanntair in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis on Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th of November 2013.
The competition, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, continues to attract schools from across the country and the committee are delighted to welcome Ullapool High School who will be taking part in the competition for the first time this year.
Twenty two teams from twenty schools are due to compete in the 2013 competition. Twelve teams will compete the second round, with the four teams with the highest points progressing to the final stages which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday the 26th and 27th of November.
The draw for Round One is as follows:
Inverness Royal Academy V Wallace High School
Grange Academy V Nicolson Institute A
Sgoil Sir E Scott v Castlebay Community School
Bishopbriggs Academy v Mallaig High School
Nicolson Institute B V Glasgow Gaelic School B
Hazlehead Academy V James Gillespie High School
Glasgow Gaelic School A v Ullapool High School
Gairloch High School V Lochaber High School
Sgoil Lionacleit V Ardnamurchan High School
Calder Glen High School v Portree High School
Dingwall High School V Oban High School
Calum Iain Macleod, Director of Development at Comunn na Gàidhlig, and Chairman of the National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Management Committee commented: “In this the 15th year of Deasbad BT Alba the committee are very much looking forward to another year of competition.
“Following the success of the 2012 Debate which saw Eòghann Beaton and Breigha Morrison of Tain Royal Academy emerge as the worthy winners, an extremely high level of competition was set and we look forward to another year of interesting and thought provoking debates.
“We are particularly grateful to BT Scotland for their continuing support of the Debate which has become one of the highlights of the Gaelic academic calendar. Without the support of BT Scotland and the other supporting organisations we simply would not be able to hold the Debate.”
Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, said: “This is the 15th consecutive year that BT has sponsored the Gaelic debate, which makes it one of our longest-running sponsorships in Scotland.
“The debating chamber is a great arena for young people to hone the communications skills that are so vital in today’s fast moving world. I’d like to wish all the participants the very best in this year’s competition.”
For more information on the Deasbad please visit www.deasbadtalba.com or visit the Deasbad’s Facebook page, Deasbad BT Alba.