Do you want to join the Dutch National Debate Team?

The DSDC Foundation selects and prepares the Dutch National Debate Team for the World Schools Debating Championships. We offer debate education year-round to gifted high school students in the Netherlands. The most talented speakers represent the Netherlands at international debate tournaments.

Open Days for Students

In May we organise an open day for every student who is interested in becoming part of the Dutch National Debate team. This open day day can be your gateway to the international debate scene.  On this day you will get coaching and feedback from our coaches. They have travelled all over the globe to perfect their debating and coaching skills and want to help you becoming a better debater.

Who can apply?

Everyone who follows a havo/vwo or IB degree and does not graduate this academic year is allowed to apply. We also strongly encourage younger students to apply. We have created special teams for students from grade 1 to 3 (havo/vwo) / 7 to 9 (IB).  So if you have a passion for debate and are eager to learn don’t hesitate to apply.

We will begin the day with a workshop followed by three debates that will be judged by our coaches. After the event the most promising students will be invited to join the National Debate team.

More information about the next Open Day will follow soon.

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What happens when you get selected for the national team?

1. Weekly workshops

To provide our students with the best debate education we host weekly training sessions. At these sessions groups of 6 to 8 students receive an entire day of personalized training from 2 to 3 coaches. The students are given well-prepared workshops and develop their skills with relevant exercises and debates.

2. International Tournaments

Our students travel all over the world to attend international debating competitions in order to practice their skills to the fullest extent and receive the best preparation for the National Team. The tournaments are a fantastic opportunity for the debaters to experience new cultures, travel, and debate against the best teams of the world.

3. World Schools Debating Championships

Out of all the students in the national selection, 4 to 5 are selected to represent The Netherlands at the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), where over 60 countries compete against each other in heated debates. The championships are hosted all over the world with the most recent editions held in Croatia (2018), Indonesia (2017), Germany (2016) and Singapore (2015).