Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!

Speak Out Challenge

The Foundation sponsors ‘Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge!’ a public speaking competition run by Speakers Trust in schools throughout London and Essex.

Speak Out Challenge

Speak Out Challenge 2016


"Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge!" is the largest speaking competition for young people in the world. Run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, the “Speak Out” Challenge! has now trained over 134,000 Year 10 students from 37 regions in London and Essex.

During each academic year the "Speak Out Challenge!" offers every secondary school in London and Essex public speaking workshops for Year 10 students. Each year over 18,000 young people are trained in how to “Speak Out”.

The training students receive is designed to build confidence, enabling young people from all backgrounds to speak with clarity, conviction and impact. The “Speak Out Challenge!" helps everyone who takes part to become better communicators, with a greater awareness of the importance of speaking out. This improves education and employment prospects as well as the desire to use the power of the voice to bring positive change.

Once the training in each school is completed, speakers compete in a school assembly for the chance to represent their school in a Regional Final. At the end of each Regional Final, a Regional Champion is chosen. There are 37 of these Regional Finals providing us with 37 incredible speakers, from which 15 finalists are chosen for the Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final receives a £2,000 trust bond for the student and £3,000 for their school.

The 2016 “Speak Out Challenge!" Grand Champion is Ajaye McDonald. To see his speech please click here.

The 2016 “Speak Out Challenge!" Runner-up is Jo Wright. 

2016 Third place was awarded to Laurence Wise. 

2016 Fourth place was awarded to Shaniya Odulawa. 

For more information visit the “Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge!" website.

Read the speech from Speak Out champion Nosawaru Ihama, who won the 2013 competition with her speech entitled, 'Blood is thicker than water'.

Listen to Jamie talk about his involvement in the Challenge.


















“I believe the day was truly inspirational - I improved with confidence with every speech I did”

A Speak Out Challenge Finalist

A Speak Out Challenge Finalist