A premier appearance at Rock Challenge events



Hull schools are counting down the days until the Humberside Police Rock Challenge events come to the Hull Arena on the 13th and 14th April.  At the senior event, we also have a premier appearance from Hull City Defender Liam Rosenier, to help raise awareness of the ‘Not in our Community Campaign’ raising awareness of the dangers of sexual exploitation.  We have also teamed up with NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), BAE Systems and Humberside Police Dog Section and CEOP to provide a range of workshops during the day to educate and enhance participants’ Rock Challenge experience.

The workshops will teach young people how to stay safe and adopt healthier lifestyles through the ethos of Rock Challenge, with the aim of reducing the vulnerability, harm and victimisation that challenge young people.  Participation will raise young peoples’ aspirations and encourage them to think of future career opportunities.

NHS Hull CCG will be running a market place over the two days involving a whole host of partners covering various health related issues from dental hygiene, healthy eating, health and fitness and much more.  Teams will be challenged to complete a quiz and prizes will be awarded to the top three schools following the afternoon production meetings on both days. 

Julia Mizon, Director of Commissioning and Partnerships, NHS Hull CCG said. “We want to help our next generation in Hull to make positive life choices that will lead to them achieving their full potential. 

“The CCG is proud to support Rock Challenge 2015 in Hull. It gives us an opportunity to engage with a really enthusiastic and motivated group of young people from schools, youth clubs and pupil units across the city, and talk to them about healthy lifestyle issues in a fun and enjoyable way.”

At the Junior Rock Challenge event on 14th April BAE Systems will be running a workshop aimed at raising awareness of engineering career opportunities.  Schools will be challenged to make an item and see it work before their eyes!  It will be fun and exciting experience for participants working alongside BAE Systems Ambassadors and get an insight to engineering.

Rebecca Brothers from BAE Systems said, “At BAE Systems we believe that it is vital to help and encourage individuals to consider a career in science and engineering and we actively support education and skills development in schools and colleges across our global business.  It is fantastic to be involved in this year’s Rock Challenge and we hope to inspire and excite the students about the world of engineering.”

And finally, the Humberside Police Dog Section will be running their workshop sessions involving Police Dogs Mr Bo Jangles and Cooper working with their handlers to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and teaching students how to stay safe.

Each year Rock Challenge involves thousands of young people, who learn to be their best through the competition increasing levels of confidence and self esteem.  The competition also offers them a creative platform in which to shine as individuals and as a team.

Schools will arrive at the Hull Arena from 9:30am and take part in a warm up/production meeting.  Following this schools will start rehearsing and workshops will begin around 11am running until approximately 4pm.


Schools taking part in the event include:

13th April Hull Senior Event – Hull Arena Starts @ 7pm

Boulevard Academy                                                                   Hull

Kelvin Hall                                                                                 Hull

Northcott Special School                                                            Hull

St Mary's College                                                                       Hull

Wilberforce Sixth Form College                                                  Hull

Winifred Holtby Academy                                                           Hull


14th April Hull Junior Event – Hull Arena Starts @ 6pm

Chiltern Primary School                                                           Hull

Craven Primary School                                                             Hull

Eastfield Primary School                                                            Hull

Francis Askew Primary School                                                    Hull

Newington Academy                                                                 Hull

Oldfleet Primary School                                                             Hull

Spring Cottage Primary School                                                   Hull

Stockwell Primary School                                                           Hull


Notes for Editors

The Humberside Police Lifestyle project challenges young people aged between 10-16 to team up with their friends and decide upon a project to benefit their local community.  Lifestyle has been operating 26 years and in this time Lifestylers have worked over 2 ½ million hours and the project has attracted over 155,000 participants all working towards improving the quality of life in the area they live.

Humberside Police Youth Engagement Team are responsible for organising the Lifestyle project have also introduced the Rock Challenge Youth Division, aimed at young people outside of mainstream education courtesy of Vivergo Fuels; this is the latest addition to the portfolio of the activities to compliment the well established Rock Challenge performing arts competition.  The focus of Rock Challenge is for youngsters to achieve a natural drug free high through dance and drama to sell out performances at some of our regions most prestigious venues.  Rock Challenge Youth Division is building upon the success of the Humberside Police Rock Challenge which has involved 53 schools and 4,000 young people in 2014. We also look after the Night Challenge overnight orienteering experience.

For further information please contact Lisa Whitton of the Humberside Police Lifestyle Team.  Direct line: 01482 220702 Date: Monday, 13 April 2015.

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