On Monday 17th March 2014 Farlington School’s Year 9 took part in the Mocktail Challenge, an interactive and innovative project to enable young people to explore safe alternatives to alcohol whilst developing key employability skills.
The day was facilitated by Horsham District Council, Sussex Central YMCA’s Young Person’s Alcohol Initiative and Horsham Matters.
The girls were split into four teams and had to devise a winning ‘mocktail’. Each team member had to take a different role: project manager, finance and costing, design and branding, mixologist and marketing.
The mixologist experimented with different flavours while others in the team worked on the product design, marketing, creating a logo and slogan. Representatives from the local community gave support and advice to the four groups.
One of the girls said, “They tasted delicious and I tried things I haven’t tasted before, it was good to experience lots of different flavour combinations. The drinks we made were vibrant and tasty and showed me that you don’t need alcohol to have a good time.”
The teams pitched the mocktail to a panel of judges made up of local business, health and youth work representatives.
The winning team of Rebecca Farman, Olivia Bell, Abi Hart, Vicky Jones and Anna Tetlow created a mocktail of mango and passion fruit juice with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, lemonade, grenadine and raspberries.
They called it ‘Mocktail # 1’ and their slogan was ‘just use the sign’. They will represent Farlington at South Lodge, Horsham at the Inter-school Mocktail Apprentice Final on 18th June 2014.
Report and picture contributed by Farlington.