Zoie Golding - Producer|
I am the UK Producer for the Rock Challenge. It all began for me in 1996 when I performed in the first-ever UK Rock Challenge. I performed for a further two years at school, then carried on to compete at college. I volunteered for a couple of years, and was then offered a part-time job as Production Assistant, which quickly became a full time post! I was then promoted to Event Manager, and now I am running GRC (UK) Ltd.
It's a great job! I really enjoy meeting the students and teachers taking part. I love seeing what each school comes up with year after year, but mostly I love seeing so many young people enjoying themselves and knowing that we create so much happiness around the UK! That's the most enjoyable part of Rock Challenge - seeing the kids getting a drug-free high and the chance to perform on stage!
David Beal - Stage Manager and Foundation General Manager|
I've been involved in Rock Challenge since it started (12th year now!). I performed for two years at school and did another two years at college. I then had one year as Assistant Stage Manager before becoming Stage Manager six years ago. Currently I am also the General Manager of the Be Your Best Foundation.
Within the next two years I would like to see 20,000 students involved with Rock Challenge every year. I also have a personal aim to do every job in Rock Challenge: Event Manager, Compere, Judge etc etc. (Would also like to see Olly off the team ;o) I would also like to see RC ?in the round? style. If not ... "Rock Challenge on Ice!
I think Rock Challenge is a great way to improve self-esteem and teamwork skills. If just one participant a year quits smoking, drinking or taking drugs then it?s worth all the effort.
Dan McCready - Crew|
I was stage crew for my school from 1997 to 1999, then performed at college in 2000. Promotion in 2001...I was the Liaison Teacher, choreographer AND a performer!
I volunteered for some events in 2002 and 2003 and then volunteered at pretty much the whole tour in 2004 (and trained to be a Propsmaster) before becoming Assistant Stage Manager. I'm now also involved in development work as well.
I love working for Rock Challenge because I remember how much fun it was when I was performing so I love giving the kids the same opportunity. (Plus it's twice as much fun working for the company - I love being on the road and meeting loads of new people!).
It would a dream come true for UK Rock Challenge finally to get TV coverage - I think there will be no stopping us once we achieve that.
In the next ten years I aim to have worked for every Rock Challenge across the globe.
Olly Ashman - Stage Manager/Props Master|
I am currently a Stage Manager/Props Master. I am now in my seventh year working for Rocka and am one of the only crew who have never performed in a Rock Challenge entry.
My favourite parts of the day are the bits the audience don't get to see (which is a shame) and also getting to work with some brilliant crews.
I hope to see a lot more shows all across the UK (enough that I can work full time!) and more international shows too.
Stuart "Ruddy" McGregor - Crew|
2006 was my first year. I volunteered for the whole tour. I think I ran for most teams and forced most of them to listen to my hilarious attempts at holding bay talks. I enjoyed every minute!
Working every year for Rock Challenge since, I am now also in charge of publicity: it's a great experience!