The Big Speak

Future U is encouraging our Lancashire Colleges and Sixth Forms to engage with new media and public speaking competition The Big Speak. The project is aimed at encouraging BAME students living in the North West to think outside of the box and demonstrate creative ideas, whilst also developing a range of skills including public speaking. 

Students who identify as BAME are asked to register their interest in taking part once their College/Sixth Form has signed up. They will then be sent a Basic Training Pack which will up-skill all who get involved. They will also be given a number of challenges to choose from for their first submission, with support and direction provided in their training packs to help them get started. 

Video submissions will be used for the first round and the semi-finals, forming the media section of the competition. The 15 successful semi-finalists will then speak in front of an audience at The Big Speak Final. 

All students who submit entries will receive training and feedback, regardless of how far they progress in the competition. Semi-finalists will also be linked up with a Loud Speaker coach who will support their second entry. If they make it through to the finals, this coach will continue to support them in preparation for the public speaking task. 

As well as developing their skills, all semi-finalists and finalists will receive prizes. Additionally, the College/Sixth Form of the winning student will also receive the top prize. 

Oba Akinwale, Director of Operations at Loud Speaker said the following; 

“At Loud Speaker we specialise in giving young people the tools they need to speak out and speak well. ‘The Big Speak’ is a media and public speaking competition for BAME students in the North West aged 16 – 19; free for students and education providers. 

Every student who registers interest will receive specific, digital training while those who progress will benefit from the guidance of an assigned Loud Speaker coach. This is also a platform to celebrate some of the best BAME students across the North West.  

We actively encourage entries from SEND students and are committed to providing appropriate adjustments/support. 

Get in touch by emailing and we’ll let you know all the details.” 

Matt Lord, Senior Outreach Coordinator at Future U encouraged Lancashire Colleges and Sixth Forms to get involved; 

“We think this is a fantastic opportunity. Not only for BAME students in the North West, but also for the Colleges and Sixth Forms that they attend. 

The vast majority of sign-ups to this competition so far are from Colleges in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, so it would be great to get representation from our Lancashire Colleges and Sixth Forms”. 

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