Should females play on the same sports teams as males? Students debate the idea
The debate motion was that “This house believes that females should play on the same sports teams as males.”
Eight Sandys Secondary Middle School students four boys and four girls debated the statement.
This debate was organised by the Sandys 360 team led by Beverly Daniels, the current education director.
The boys, involved in the male mentoring programme sponsored by the Sandys 360 team, spoke against the motion, while the girls spoke for it. After an hour and a half of debating, during which the speakers presented themselves eloquently and passionately, the boys emerged as winners.
The judges, made up of teachers from the school, led by Mrs Angela Salini, indicated that while they were impressed with the level of debate demonstrated by both sides, they were convinced that the boys were the clear winners; the boys provided statistics and other data that was superior in content and relevancy than that shared by the girls.
The girls’ received high praise for their delivery, which was both animated and entertaining.
Medals were handed out by representatives of the Lancashire International Foundation, Michael Wolfe, IT manager, and Colin Alexander, accountant. This company has generously given of its time and financial assistance to willingly partner with Sandys 360 in the delivery of the male mentoring programme over the three years of its existence.