2008/2009 UK ROCK CHALLENGE®

WHAT WE DO - HOW TO JOIN IN

Global Rock Challenge® provides a series of performing arts competitive events held in professional venues around the world, and schools and colleges are invited to enter teams in these events. In the 2007 UK Rock Challenge® there were 4 primary school events, 27 secondary school/college events, and 5 secondary school/college Grand Finals. Over 15,000 young people took part.

A school / college team (made up of from 20 to 100 performers, 20 stage crew and 14 support crew - smaller numbers for Primary schools) decides on a theme, reflecting the personalities, concerns, hopes, dreams and interests of those who create it. They then create the choreography for their five to eight-minute dance-drama performance, select and record the medley of music for their soundtrack, and design and make their sets and costumes.

On the designated show day, the competing schools and colleges in that region assemble for a wonderfully friendly day of interaction, rehearsals and fun. In the evening they perform to a usually sellout audience of their peers, families and community members, and their performances are judged by a panel of specialists from the performing-arts industry. The winning team is invited to take part in a UK Southern or Northern Grand Final.

The challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. The challenge is also to be the best that they can without the use of nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, and there are penalties for anyone who fails that challenge on any event day and for their team too. Feedback / research indicate that the concept works, with young people clamouring to return year after year to take part, with improved relationships with teachers at school, with a reduction - or even cessation - of substance abuse by team members and with a lower incidence of substance abuse generally within participating schools.

The Rock Challenge® communicates health and social education messages in a positive and supportive environment.

Whoever you are ... if you think Rock Challenge® sounds like an ideal concept to introduce to your school or to your area and want to know exactly how to go about it, then you need to talk to the people named on this page.

If you are in a school or college and are interested in joining in, then contact the Rock Challenge® office.

Contact them by email on enquiries@rockchallenge.co.uk, or
by phone on 02380 617729, or
by fax on 02380 617740, or
by surface post using

UK Rock Challenge
Wessex House
Upper Market Street
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 9FD

If you are interested in supporting Rock Challenge® or in bringing Rock Challenge® to your Police or Council or Health Trust or DAT (etc) area, then contact General Manager David Beal at the Be Your Best Foundation.

Contact him by email on david.beal@bybf.org.uk or
by phone on 02380 617753, or
by fax on 02380 617740, or
by surface post using

Be Your Best Foundation
Wessex House
Upper Market Street
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 9FD

The 2008 Draft UK Tour Calendar is here, but teams old and new have already now entered, taking just about every single place available. In fact such is the growing popularity of Rock Challenge that there have been more schools wanting to enter in some areas in 2008 than there are places to hold them so realistically the first year when a brand-new team can try for a place has already pretty much slipped to 2009 ! However, DO get in touch immediately with the people above for more information about any possible remaining chance of entry in 2008, and as soon as possible (by June/July 2008 ?) about entry in 2009.
For new teams in particular - GOOD LUCK ! Entering a team and holding them together until you get them to a Rock Challenge® Event is a magnificent achievement ... everything else that might follow is all a bonus :)

PRESENTED IN 2007 BY THE BE YOUR BEST FOUNDATION