School children across Harlow were treated to exhilarating
performances while learning valuable safety lessons, thanks to the
award winning 2SMART road show tour.
Nine local schools with approximately 1,500 pupils aged 11 and
12, were given the opportunity to attend the 2SMART road show at
Harlow Sport Centre, Thursday, May 20.
While the pupils
enjoyed the entertaining, vibrant and fun show they were also given
important advice about the dangers around knives, drugs, alcohol
and bullying as well as the dilemmas they may encounter as
The aim of the show is to give young people an idea about the
choices they are likely to face and how to make the right decisions
when faced with similar situations.
The show is unique and a great way to teach young people,
especially as each group of performers had a personal experience to
The whole show is interactive and the audience is encouraged to
join in by calling out answers supported by using their true/false
A lucky few were selected to represent their schools and join the
hosts on stage to participate in competition games and win
The performances included one of the UK’s top mountain bike trick
riders, Rich Johnson as well as Kayzar Dance, giving electric dance
There was also an incredible, action-packed show from two of the
worlds top freestyle basketball players in Big Fen and A2W. The
London Bus Theatre Company also performed multiple acts as school
children and the problems they face.
Essex Police youth development coordinator, Jo Van Zanten, said:
“2SMART is all about engaging with children and young people,
teaching them important messages around alcohol, drugs, knives and
“We deliver these messages through a mixture of sport, dance,
music, games and competitions.”
Pupils from around Essex are invited to write a song for the 2SMART
tour 2011. The 2SMART team will then judge all entries and select a
winning song, which will be performed at all 2SMART 2011 shows.
Entries can be submitted on www.2smart.co.uk
For more information on 2SMART and all of the performers, visit
The University of Essex, Children’s Trust Approach in Essex and
Heart are the sponsors for the 2SMART tour 2010.