on air now

High school students tour nightclub for educational purposes

Year 10 students are getting ready to tour a popular nightclub to learn about drugs, booze, bouncers and Melbourne’s nightlife.  

The Chasers nightclub and education group AlcoCup have teamed up for the program, which will see Wallan Secondary College visit the Chapel street venue later this month. 

The idea has been slammed by academics and psychologists, who say the tour could promote nightclubs and dangerous activities.

AlcoCup founder Ashley Gurney said the students will check out the nightclub during school hours and will learn about identity checks, alcohol’s harmful effects, standard drinks, blood alcohol concentration, the effects and ingredients of illicit drugs and how to get home safely.  

Mr Gurney hit back at critics, arguing the environment inside a nightclub was about engaging the students. 

‘The best result there is more sustainable learning,’ he told Neil Mitchell. 

‘They’re going to actually remember that and take that information away.’ 

LISTEN: Ashley Gurney explains what will happen inside the nightclub