Hey guys, CFHTT
Feels so excited that we got to interview Head Coach of Team England Pom Rachael about what its like being apart of the first unified Team England Pom team and what she’s looking for from athletes trying out for the 2018 team .
What inspired you to create Team England Pom ?
All of the fantastic people I have met and the experiences I have had over the past 16 years during my involvement within cheerleading and dance has inspired me to make the choices I have taken within the industry today. For everyone in the cheer community, Team England cheer has inspired us all to believe in ourselves as a country, and to recognise how proud we are to compete at the ICU World championships representing England.
For me, Team England pom was inspired by; the dancers I see at competitions across the country who stand out because of their talent and passion, By the coaches who take their teams to these competitions and pour their hearts into their athlete’s development – who continue to raise the bar for England Pom; By the wonderful Scottish and Welsh teams who are outstanding year after year – showing England what we are capable of if we put our minds to it.
We have an exceptional amount of talent right here in England, and I truly believe that these dancers deserve the opportunity to be brought together to represent their country. THEY inspire me and I am honoured to be able to put this opportunity forward for them.
At the very beginning of the Team England pom journey I met Leanne Woodcock, who is now Head Coach alongside me for 2018. When I think about all that inspired me at the start, it was also her passion for Pom; her continued support and shared vision that has now led us onto getting ready for tryouts for our 2nd season.
- You have an amazing group of Coaches for Team England Pom 2018, how were they selected?
We advertised through the UK Coaches group, and held interviews on 4th June. Team England Pom is a celebration of the talent our country has within pom dance, and we are all extremely excited to get started this year with such wonderful support from so many talented strong women – representing so many different Teams/Academies/Dance Schools.
- When are your try-outs and where will they be held?
Team England Pom Tryouts will take place on Saturday 17th June at the Cheerforce Gym in Telford.
- What should athletes trying out expect to experience on the day of Team England Pom try-outs?
Athletes interested in trying out for Team England Pom are asked to email us for an application form and Info pack. They will then need to return their form to us, answering several questions about their experience and why they want to be part of the National team. (Our coaches want to get a feel for each applicant, and find what drives them with their training).
On the day we will be judging the athletes as part of a group, and individually during short solo routines. The atmosphere will be a positive and friendly one, with athletes supporting eachother throughout the process.
- What kind of dance experience do you need to try-out for Team England Pom?
We are looking for dancers who have a background in competitive pom dance, or who excel within their dance schools with the dance technique required.
We are looking for dancers who can demonstrate great technique with skills such as A la seconde turns, pirouettes, various leaps and jumps. Plus strong arm motions for pom.
- Please describe the characteristics of a Team England Pom athlete?
Being a part of the National Team involves training with the team itself around once a month. In addition to this our athletes are required to submit weekly technique and stamina training videos. Because of this, one of the main characteristics we are looking for from our dancers is self-motivation. A team England Dancer will need to be extremely driven to push themselves outside of team England training.
Team England Dancers will also rely on the characteristics of physical fitness and stamina, our dancers will need to have the energy to withstand long hours of training and to perform the routine effortlessly and with enthusiasm.
Perseverance and memory retention is also an excellent characteristic, Dancers must have the persistence to keep rehearsing their role/skills until perfect, with the ability to learn quickly and retain information.
Our priority is uniformity, so a dancer able to work and communicate well as part of a team is a must.
- What’s your vision for Team England Dance in the future?
Leanne and I are extremely passionate about presenting this opportunity to talented dancers across our country. Our vision is to see the very best coming together to represent England as a fully unified team at ICU year on year. We want to establish England as a Country that can produce exceptional teams for both Cheer and Dance, making our national proud. Our vision involves continuing to raise the bar for Pom in England, therefore further promoting the image of cheerleading & dance across the UK and the World for all those involved in this wonderful sport.
Thank you Rachael for interviewing with us and we are excited to watch your journey this coming season.
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