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‘Education through Creation’ – Rock Challenge® is ready to rock

Carlisle - Orgill
Carlisle – Orgill

[T]he Be Your Best Rock Challenge® events aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices and on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March the Sands Centre will be taken over by more than 900 local students as they rise to the challenge for another year.

The Rock Challenge® is an excellent opportunity for young people to perform live on a professional stage whilst encouraging an adrenalin-based high that can be experienced through performing rather than using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Teams of around 20 to 135 students will have up to eight minutes to perform their chosen theme to an audience of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals. Every aspect of the performance will have been devised, designed and created by the students and we will see a variety of themes from the tackling of current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces.

Event Coordinator, Charlotte Payne, is excited to see what schools will bring to the competition this year! “Every year we see many different ideas and themes come to life at Rock Challenge and J Rock events across the UK. It’s inspiring to see the amount of work and time each school puts into creating their performance and the end results are testament to the determination and enthusiasm of the young people involved. Seeing the positive effect that Rock Challenge has on the lives on the students and teachers involved is immensely rewarding and we look forward to producing a tour which truly highlights the talent and creativity of the young people of today.”

Involving more than 330 schools across the country this year’s UK Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ tour is expected to reach 20,000 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years old and upwards of 38,000 audience members.

With Rock Challenge® growing rapidly each year, Be Your Best Foundation Vice Chair, Mervyn Bishop MBE is looking forward to seeing how many events will be running across the country for 2017: “We are delighted that once again the Rock Challenge is taking to the road – in 2017 we have a stronger tour than ever. Hundreds of schools are understanding the importance of taking their teaching and learning outside the classroom with events such as this. We are encouraged that more and more young people are getting the chance to learn in top quality performance venues around the country supported by industry professionals. The Rock Challenge enables students to learn a wide range of new disciplines, experience real world learning to support the national curriculum and develop employability skills such as team work, resilience, commitment and perseverance.”

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