The Rock Challenge® is a unique and exciting opportunity for schools to take part in a dance, drama and design spectacular where the young people are the stars. While the result is a professional event staged in some of the UK’s top venues, the main aim of the Rock Challenge® is to encourage participants to have fun while enjoying a 100% drug-free experience.
Around 367 schools and over 24,000 students competed in 47 Rock Challenge®, Junior Rock Challenge® and Youth Division in 2011. Teams as small as 10 or as large as 140 students, plan an eight minute performance around a theme of their choice, set to commercially available music and bring it to one of our local shows held throughout the nation.
The Rock Challenge® is universally inclusive with schools and colleges from all backgrounds taking part; junior schools, middle schools, colleges, schools catering for students with special needs, independent schools, educational centres for at risk children, the Rock Challenge® welcomes any educational establishment that wants to be involved.
The Rock Challenge® is about the combined beliefs of Health, Life Skills and Creative Thinking
Participants commit to being 100% drug, alcohol and tobacco free for the period of their involvement. Research has proven that the event build resilience and raises awareness of the health problems associated with substance abuse. Many participants every year reduce or stop any existing misuse of tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs due to their involvement.
Rock Challenge® can be an innovative way to encourage students to represent their school outside the traditional platforms, work together towards a positive goal and perform onstage in some of the UK’s top venues. The students will also develop essential life skills and experiences in a fun and motivational environment. Participants will also experience and increase in social and management skills, teamwork, leadership and communication skills, acquire essential problem-solving ability and see first-hand the rewards of commitment to a task. Practically the students can also be involved in designing and creating sets and costume, designing and applying make-up, fundraising and budgeting, planning and scheduling and of course performing.
The Rock Challenge® strives to inspire, educate and entertain young people and gives them a creative platform on which to express themselves. Students, teachers, parents and communities work together helping to prepare the school’s performance. After many months of hard work they present their performance to thousands of screaming audience members at a professional venue overseen by profession stage, production and technical crew. The evenings are a night of true inspiration and entertainment. Awards are given to recognise the wide variety of elements that make up a Rock Challenge® performance including soundtrack, lighting design, choreography, drama skills, set design and many more.
The benefit of a school’s involvement in the Rock Challenge® for itself and its young people are countless, from reducing truancy rates, building teacher-student relations, encouraging community links, improving self-esteem and making school a more enjoyable environment to work and study in.
The Rock Challenge® is a memorable and life-changing event for schools, teachers, communities and young people alike.
Our tour currently runs from February to July. This is the time that we get most volunteers. Usually they will come along to their local event and help us for however long we are at that particular venue. Anyone volunteering outside of tour will be involved in basic administration/office work.¬Volunteers at Rock Challenge® events can be involved in an extremely wide range of tasks. We have recently created our own accreditation scheme which was broken down to 40 individual tasks for volunteers to complete with a varying range of responsibility and difficulty.¬You can read more about the accreditation scheme and find out the tasks by following this link:
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