Academy students gearing up for Grimsby finals

Peterhead Academy pupils will be competing in the premier finals on Saturday, June 6.
Peterhead Academy pupils will be competing in the premier finals on Saturday, June 6.

Peterhead Academy pupils will compete in the prestigious Northern Rock Challenge Premier Final next month.

The youngsters will head to Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday, June 6, where they will compete in the premier division.

The academy students showcased at the 2015 Police Scotland Be Your Best Rock Challenge in the AECC in March but will be competing against other schools on June 6.

To qualify through to one of the open finals a team must either place first at their local heat or have been chosen as one of the highest scoring runners-up.

As the standard of productions have improved year on year a ‘Northern Premier Division’ has been developed. This Premier Division allows teams reaching a high level of achievement to compete against teams of a similar standard.

More than 2,000 audience members, VIPs and sponsors travelled to Grimsby Auditorium to watch and support the young people involved in the Northern Finals last year, a figure which will hopefully not just be matched but succeeded in 2015.

Tickets for this year’s final are priced at £12 and are available to purchase through Grimsby Auditorium on 0870 060 2331.

Chairman of the Be Your Best Foundation George Cooil has attended a number of the 2015 events and is looking forward to also showing his support at the Northern Finals.

George said: “It has been a pleasure to watch such a diverse and high quality range of performances already so far on this year’s tour that the finals are sure to be exceptional evenings.

“It really is rewarding to see how the youth of today can flourish in a 100% drug, tobacco and alcohol free environment.

“Whilst it is great for the finalists to have qualified, every single participant involved in this year’s competition should be really proud of themselves as the commitment and dedication has been clear to see and the standard of performances higher than ever.”

The Rock Challenge® was first introduced to this country in 1996 and since this date the nationwide performing arts competition has consistently inspired, engaged and motivated young people across the United Kingdom.

In the organisation’s 20th celebratory year, seven Rock Challenge® and seven J Rock™ events have been successfully held across the North of the UK and have involved just over 5,400 young people.