West Tournament in Sofia, February 17-18

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the West region! The upcoming West tournament will be at Akad. Mihail Arnaudov 119th School in Sofia on February 17-18. Registration opens on January 21 and closes on February 5. Coaches, you will receive an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you don’t receive the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Letter of Invitation

The official letter of invitation in Bulgarian is coming soon! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Coming soon! For now, note that the tournament will most likely begin on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

Please note: Teams are NOT required to sign and bring judges to the Sofia Tournament. BEST will be recruiting judges from our judge community in Sofia with the objective to find a cost efficient solution and cut expenditures from judge accommodation, so that we can allocate those funds to student scholarships and accommodation.

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

Judge registration will open on January 21. Coaches, you must register if you are judging, too, and don’t forget to include your judges when you fill out your team roster spreadsheet (see below).

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet

The team roster and hotels spreadsheet will be available when registration opens on January 21.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship applications will open on January 21.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are 35 leva per student for Bulgarian teams and 23 Euros per event for students from international teams. There are penalty fees for adds, drops, or changes in student participation after the registration deadline and you can see details in the Costs and Fees page.

All registration fees need to be paid via bank transfer to the bank account listed below. If you use UniCredit to complete the transfer they will charge you a nominal fee; other banks may charge 3 BGN wire fee. After you complete the transfer, you must send us an email with a picture of your invoice and the following information in the subject line: school name, number of students, and amount of leva. All payments should be made in one amount, as a team. Individual payments for individual students will not be recognized.

Faktura (Invoice) Information:
Organization name: BEST Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournament Foundation
Registration address: Bulgaria, 1504 Sofia, 1 Panayot Volov St. Floor 2
BULSTAT: 176712880
IBAN: BG33UNCR70001521640901
MOL: Dena Deyanova Popova

Hotels

Information on the tournament hotels is coming soon!

Transportation

Directions to the tournament site, local taxi numbers, and more are coming soon!

Food

Information on food options at and near the tournament site is coming soon!

Debate Motions

The debate motions for the Spring West Tournament will be announced soon.