The “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final 2017 is here

The Grand Final of the world’s largest youth public speaking competition – and our flagship programme – will take place on Monday 3 July at the Cambridge Theatre in London. Through the delivery of 480 free public speaking workshops by Speakers Trust in state schools across London and Essex and after 37 Regional Finals, 15 Grand Finalists have been selected for the chance to be crowned the 2017 Champion.

In addition, the winner will receive £5000, £3000 of which will go towards their school. Each finalist will have 3 minutes to deliver a speech on a topic of their choice. This year, the subjects range from eating disorders to race to the importance of art. Most importantly, the speakers will have the opportunity to speak and be heard by thousands, before an audience made up of founders, CEOs, MPs, friends, family and a few famous faces.

These include our prestigious judging panel: Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ; Sarah Sands, Editor, BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme; Sarah Crossan, Author, Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2016; Una Stubbs, Actress; Tim Armoo, CEO, Fanbytes (Alumni Judge); Tina Renshaw, Chief Executive, English Speaking Board and Ajaye McDonald, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Champion 2016.

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is a unique and inspiring programme. Funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation and now in its eleventh year, over 19,000 Year 10 students were trained in public speaking skills in 2017, making it our largest outreach to date. For more information about the competition or to enter your school, please visit To find out more about this year’s Grand Finalists, please click here.
About Speakers Trust

Speakers Trust is the UK’s leading public speaking training charity, specialising in the education, not-for-profit and community sectors. It creates a pathway for young people, from primary school through 3rd level, to enhance their speaking and communication skills.  These skills will unlock the individual’s potential with benefits spreading to the home, school, the economy and society.

About the Jack Petchey Foundation

The Jack Petchey Foundation, established in 1999, gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. Since it was established The Foundation has donated over £65 million to a wide range of organisations and schools within London and Essex. The Foundation is eager to help young people take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. For further details visit the website


Press Enquiries

For further information please contact Becky Griffiths, Programme Coordinator, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! on 020 7922 7887 or email:


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