Record breaking entries for Rock Challenge 2015

Humberside Police Rock Challenge has re-launched for 2015 and within 24 hours of the application form going live, a record breaking 52 schools/youth groups had signed up to be part of this stunning performing arts competition.

Previous Rock Challenge entrants from The Axholme Academy.
Previous Rock Challenge entrants from The Axholme Academy.

Last year, Rock Challenge attracted 3,019 students in 50 teams across the Humberside Police region, who performed to a combined audience of 5,184 guests. A spokesman said: “We are aiming to do the same again in 2015, offering young people the opportunity to be part of this life changing event.

“After 17 years in the Humberside Police area, Rock Challenge goes from strength to strength, as the buzz and excitement of the competition goes through the school; bringing year groups and the local community closer together. Each of the subject areas integrate as elements of the performance develop from set design, costumes, marketing and budgeting, negotiating and liaising with a vast network of people to make their performance a reality.”

The Humberside Police Youth Engagement Team and local police officers work closely with their schools to help promote the ethos behind the competition as well as getting to know local young people though such a positive and vibrant project. We see Rock Challenge as an ideal opportunity to educate young people about current issues affecting them, in a credible and a creative way. We encourage team members to adopt healthy lifestyles as and strive to be their best and achieve their aims through performance.

Superintendent Umberto Cuozzo, Head of the Community Safety Unit for Humberside Police said: “Rock Challenge is a dynamic event, enabling us to actively engage with young people and educate them regarding key issues within our communities. This in turn helps us keep young people safe and prevent them from harm. Young people are often portrayed negatively in the media; events such as these illustrate that there is so much young people have to offer that is positive. I am looking forward to our local heats which provide young people the opportunity to showcase all their hard work and demonstrates their commitment and determination to succeed.”

As a result of Rock Challenge in 2014, schools reported improved attendance within their teams; anti-social behaviour decreased in 45 per cent of participating schools. 97 per cent of schools reported self esteem was either improved or greatly improved and 91 per cent felt the same about their team work skills. Young people continue to improve their healthy lifestyles, as team members have reduced the amount they smoke and drink alcohol.