Mocktail competition to be rolled out to more schools in Sussex  #MocktailAppr

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Following hot on the success of the 2013/14 Mocktail Apprentice Project, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is delighted to announce that schools across Sussex will have the opportunity to be involved for the first time from this September!

The Mocktail Apprentice Project (MAP) is an innovative form of alcohol education for Year 9 secondary school students.  Blending business and employability skills with road safety awareness and alcohol health & alcohol safety education, MAP sees teams of young people compete to develop their own 'Mocktail' – a tasty alternative to alcoholic drinks.

Launched in Horsham and running for two exciting years, MAP and the SSRP are teaming up to bring the concept to 10 pilot schools across Sussex. Over the next few months we will be identifying the next MAP schools.

MAP and the SSRP are also approaching local business leaders who would like to get involved, contributing their time and business expertise to the teams of young people – inspiring them for a life in business and giving them a boost in the competition. The Mocktail Apprentice final this year was held on 18th June at South Lodge and the winning team and Mocktail, named #1, came from Farlington School.

Victoria Jones, from Farlington School, says: "It was a fantastic feeling to win and a great surprise when there were such amazing teams in the finale. We would recommend taking part to every school. We all learnt how to be good sales women and to promote alcohol awareness through fun and safe Mocktail alternatives."
 
Susan Farman, the Head of Year 9 at Farlington School, says,: "The Mocktail Apprentice experience was one which targeted exactly the right age group, giving them the opportunity to consider the important facts about the effects of alcohol on both themselves and those around them. Highlighting the risks of drink driving and peer pressure, within the context of a challenging, fun and creative business venture, encouraged everyone to take part wholeheartedly and positively. I would recommend this initiative to all Year 9 leaders."

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership chose to back the Mocktail Apprentice Project after being impressed with their innovative, engaging and strategic approach to tackling alcohol education.

Phil Henty, the SSRP Operations Manager, adds: "In all of our work, we try to use innovative methods to raise awareness and change behaviours. The MAP Team have shown real flair and dedication with their work to date in the Horsham District and I'm excited to see how this will roll out across Sussex."

Dann Morris, a Substance Misuse Manager for MAP, concludes: "As always, we've been exceptionally impressed with the way that the students have engaged with the MAP Project. This year, we've really seen them take the SSRP's 'Drink or Drive' message to heart – you can see the results in our student feedback comments!

"Being able to work with the Partnership to expand our initiative across Sussex is a great opportunity to work with more young people, raising their alcohol awareness, increasing their business skills and making our roads safer for everyone."

For more information about the pan-Sussex Mocktail Pilot, please visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/drinkordrive/make-mine-a-mocktail.html.