Environmental Youth Speak Competition 2020

This event has been cancelled until futher notice.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council wish to invite your school to participate in the annual Environmental Youth Speak  competition. This competition attracts talented pupils who research and deliver inspiring talks on topics relating to environmental issues. Participants will receive a Certificate and the chance to win great prizes!

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council are offering the following prizes for each section of the competition:

Top prize of £200 for the winning school
£100 for the winning entry
£40 for 2nd place entry
£20 for 3rd place entry

All participants and guests will be provided with a complimentary buffet lunch.

This year’s topics are:

Junior Section (P6 & P7)

Back to the future!

Learning from the past to reduce waste
Senior Section (Y8, Y9 & Y10) How can we put the brakes on Fast Fashion?

The Youth Speak Competition will be held on:

Date Venue

Thursday, 26th March 2020

Registration:  9.00am

Start Time:     TBC

Studio Theatre

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Island Civic Centre

BT27 4RL

Applications are invited for entries of either 1 solo or 1 duet entry from each school. Schools may still bring along a second or third pupil to observe the event but a maximum of 4 people can be accommodated per school.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 13th March 2020.

Please contact waste.education@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or phone  028 9244 7439  for further details or to get request an application pack.

Environmental Youth Speak Competition 2019

26 pupils from sixteen schools across the council area participated in the 2019 Environmental Youth Speak competition at Lagan Valley Island hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The pupils confidently displayed their public speaking skills in front of an environmental judging panel.  The event was categorised into a Junior Section (P6 and P7 pupils) and Senior Section (Year 8 to Year 10 pupils), with this year’s respective themes being: ‘How can the 5R’s help deal with our waste?’ and ‘No excuse for single use’.

Matthew Mullan of Annahilt Primary School in the Junior Section and Grace Gowley and Victoria Lavery of Lisnagarvey High School in the Senior Section took the Winners’ Cups back to their schools.

Sophie-Kelly Bradley and Tara Kerr from St Ita’s Primary School (Junior Section) and Grace Murray and Jack Hassard of Lagan College (Senior Section) won second place.  The third place winners were Kacper Kwiecien and Lennon Humphries from Brooklands Primary School (Junior Section) and Jack Kimber and Owen Greer of Beechlawn School (Senior Section).

All the participants at the Lisburn Castlereagh event, organised by the Council’s Waste Management Section, received a certificate, a reusable shopping bag, reusable travel cup and a recycled ruler.

Details of the 2020 edition of Environmental Youth Speak will be available on this page from the end of January 2020.

Please contact waste.education@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or phone  028 9250 9439 for further details.

View the winning performances from 2018 below


Junior Section winners Jolie and Amy of Dundonald Primary School


Senior Section winner Casey Rix of Lagan College