Sixty four students from primary, secondary and special schools from all over Northamptonshire are hoping their specially-composed song will help raise awareness of the county’s anti-bullying strategy.
The song is a collaboration between the young people and Northampton-based record label and music publishers Freehold Street Music.
The song titled S.T.O.P. features guest performances from England and Northampton Saints full back Ben Foden, county cricket star Mal Loye and Cobblers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The song is officially launched at Northampton’s HMV store at 3pm on Monday (26 APR) as a single CD as part of the Northamptonshire anti-bullying strategy.
Proceeds of sales of the single will be used to support the county’s anti-bullying work, with £1 from every CD purchase and 26 pence from every download going towards the strategy. Funds will be used to provide future training, support and resources for Northamptonshire’s schools and other services.
Steven Crook, director at Freehold Street Music and former Northants Steelbacks star, said: “It was a privilege to work with the kids in the recording studio and I was really impressed with their enthusiasm for the project. They were all so determined to spread the anti-bullying message and I hope everyone in Northamptonshire gives their support.”
Jo Wood, anti-bullying project manager, said: “A key principle underpinning the anti-bullying strategy is that its development must be led by children and young people if it is to be truly effective in tackling bullying and promoting positive, caring behaviour. That’s why the recording of this song is so important for the young people involved; they are discovering they have the power to make change happen by using their talent to positively influence other children and adults.”
The CD single can be purchased online from www.zavvi.co.uk, in HMV stores in Northamptonshire and can be downloaded from i-Tunes at:
The 64 young people who sing on the recording were all finalists in a recent anti-bullying songwriting competition organised by Northamptonshire County Council, on behalf of the Northamptonshire Children and Young People’s Partnership, and the Notivate signer/songwriter programme.
Background to the Northamptonshire Anti-Bullying Strategy:
The Northamptonshire anti-bullying strategy was launched in 2008 with the aim of eradicating or greatly reducing bullying.
Since the launch, significant progress has taken place including the development of a new anti-bullying web page and information material as well as training for selected young people in how to influence adults back in their schools to develop their ideas for anti-bullying projects.
In addition, 65 Northamptonshire schools have signed up to an accreditation programme whereby their commitment and performance towards tackling bullying will result in the award of a foundation, bronze, silver or gold standard.
A key principle underpinning the strategy is that its development must be led by children and young people if it is to be truly effective in tackling bullying and promoting positive, caring behaviour.