Cheerleading has a stereotypical image of pom-poms and short skirts. In fact, it is an athletic discipline which improves confidence, co-ordination, and flexibility as well as encouraging team work. We have found it to be a great way for children to get more involved in physical activity. Even children that don’t enjoy ‘traditional’ sports and activities or aren’t particularly athletic seem to really enjoy cheerleading as it is by nature, a fun activity.
Modern competitive cheerleading consists of a combination of gymnastics, dance and acrobatic stunts. Teams of up to 35 members compete against other clubs according to age and ability levels. Routines last for 2 minutes 30 seconds and are set to music.
Athletes at competition are then judged against other teams who are the same age, level and size as them. There are currently 6 ability levels within cheerleading and White Rose Cheer offers Levels 1, 2 and 3. Levels 5 and 6 are the top elite levels and athletes in these divisions can compete for their chance to represent their country on the world stage in Orlando, Florida at the annual Cheerleading Worlds. Both program directors have taken part in this prestigious competition.