Debating is specialist skill and we recognize that there are things that are best explained by those with debating experience.

Luckily, our experienced adjudicators also moonlight as coaches and are happy to run workshops, assist with in-house tournaments or provide coaching on an ongoing basis.  We also try to visit the wider region several times a year to run training days and debates.

Each school that registers with CSDC will also receive three CSDC-funded hours of coaching with an experienced adjudicator, i.e. one who has represented the University of Canterbury’s top team at a national or international tournament, has coached a Canterbury regional team or who is accredited to adjudicate by the New Zealand Universities Debating Council.

All coaching is conducted in accordance with our CSDC Coaching Policy

To arrange coaching, please email the President at