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Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ are ready to ‘Achieve the Extraordinary’ in 2018!

The Rock Challenge® events aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices and, from Monday 29 January, The Hawth will be taken over by more than 1500 students as they rise to the challenge for another year.

Organisers of The Rock Challenge® describe the event as an excellent opportunity for young people to perform live on a professional stage: “This experience encourages an adrenalin-based high gained 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 made up of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals. Each year we see a variety of themes, from the tackling of current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces, with every aspect of the performance devised, designed and created by the students.

Supervising Event Manager, Sophia Campbell, explained: “Every school puts so much effort into their Rock Challenge® performance, the dedication from students and staff alike is fantastic to see! For many, Rock Challenge® is the highlight of the school year; I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!”

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. The event will bring to the Hawth a number of schools from both East and West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, including Horsham’s Millais and Tanbridge House.

With Rock Challenge® reaching its 23rd year in the UK in 2018, Be Your Best Foundation Chair, Mervyn Bishop MBE is looking forward to seeing the 2018 events take place across the UK: “Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ positively impacts the lives of thousands of young people every year. They are inspired to strive for a healthy lifestyle and drug free high through performing, not to mention the social, team building and creative benefits the initiative provides. I am honoured to be involved with this fantastic event once again.”

Pictures courtesy of Nick Scott Photography.

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