Students across our region are tuning up for a series of music events aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Forty four schools, including Headlands and Bridlington School, have been busy rehearsing since December for the Humberside Police Rock Challenge events, where young people will get the chance to showcase their talents in front of a large audience.
Kevin Allen, youth support service manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “We have seen that Rock Challenge encourages positive peer pressure and attracts young people who would not otherwise participate in extra-curricular activities, and is, therefore, an effective positive diversionary tool for young people.
“Participants talk of the natural high they experience through taking part in and performing to large public audiences.”
In addition to the Rock Challenge event, this year, due to popular demand, has seen an extra day added to the East Riding Junior Rock Challenge event, at which primary school children will get the chance to perform.
Quay Primary, Martongate Primary and Bay Primary Schools will all be taking part in the junior competition, which promotes similar themes to the main competition.
First time entrants Bay Primary, are submitting a dance act to the event with around 50 children taking part.
Year 3 teacher Stephanie Heatcote, said: “We do a dance club at the school and we thought it would be great to work towards an event like this, some of the kids would never do anything like this outside of school and it’ll be really good for them.
“The kids are doing really well so far, we don’t know exactly what to expect but we’ll give it a good go.”
On the day of the junior events, a range of workshops will be organised for pupils aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drugs.
Rock Challenge is now in its 15th year and the stunning performing arts competition continues to encourage youngsters to be at their best without the need for artificial stimulants.
The Rock challenge events will take place at the Grimsby Auditorium on March 26, Hull Arena for the junior and senior events on April 26 and 27th and The Spa in Bridlington hosts the the senior challenge, and two junior days on April 30 and May 1 and 2.
For tickets to any of these events call Bridlington Spa on 01262 678258, the Hull Arena on 01482 325252 or the Grimsby Auditorium on 08448 713016.