CFHTT’s interview with Gareth Green

 

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Crimson Heat Tiger had an epic weekend at Jamfest Europe 2017.

Junior 1 – 1st place, Grand champions and a full bid to the Summit
Senior 2 – 1st place and an at large bid to the Summit
Senior 3 – 1st place
Senior 5 – 1st place and a partial paid bid to WORLDS 🌎

We got speaking to Gareth and he explain to us  Crimson  5 journey to senior 5 division.

19553111_10158905160870164_1774104995_n” The safe road to Crimson Heat 5 has always been about its foundations, it’s lower levels especially 1 and 2. Remaining top of the game here has allowed us to build a platform for athlete development across levels 3, 4 and now 5. We’ve been consistent at level 4 for two years and so at the beginning of the 2017 season I decided it was time to step up to level 5.

Nothing scares me more than the thought of my kids doing level five and the possibilities of injury through bad technique and accidents. As a result of my anxiety I came to the decision that if we were going to do this we will do this in the safest way possible. In the first year competition was not important, skills were not important. What was important is that everything learnt was done so progressively and safely and at a speed which meant that cleanliness was a priority. With a view to compete in around June so very late in the season I wanted the girls to go out feeling confident that they have the ability to put out a good routine, a safe routine and a routine that would show the industry that it’s okay to go out entry-level to not push the boundaries of the sport but to just enjoy being a safe level five.

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Training planning has been absolutely vital and safety has been everything to us and something I pride myself on. Our 5 team had to wear rugby style gum shields every single training session without fail. I even took it to the extreme for pyramid elements that involved flipping stunts that the girls had to wear helmets in order to protect their nose and face. As it became clear that skills were safe we could remove the helmets and overtime started to reduce the amount of time the girls were wearing a gum-shield. During one of our hitch kick double sessions a base got a hands to the face connecting straight with her jaw, luckily she had the gum-shield in and sustained no injury but a bruised lip. Any time is skill looks dangerous in anyway or I felt as if an athlete was at too much risk we were just drop that skill completely and move on to something slightly easier. The same applies to tumble as well, If it’s not safe it’s not in.

 

The journey to 5 has been a huge learning experience and one that I’m quite proud of. Crimson heat is still very much in its infancy for Level5 and every session is a learning process for both athletes and coaches. For any coaches and programs thinking of making a move to level five I would love to see gum shields in to maximise safety and skills being modest until basics are well picked up and executed.

My best advice is just don’t go 5 until you have mastered and consistently done well at level 4. We look forward to pushing the next level of 5 over the coming months and prepare for worlds 2018 safely ”

 

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CFHTT’s interview with Head Coach of Team England Pom Rachael Swinnerton

 

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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.

18274816_1680771585270758_793941627220140468_nWe 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.

 

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  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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. pom teamThey 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 pom on the floorTeam 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.

 

  1. 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.

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Thank you Rachael for interviewing with us and we are excited to watch your journey this coming season.

For more information  on Team England Pom please email rachael@scgb.org.uk or follow their social media platforms

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CFHTT’s interview with Kirsty Small the face of Varsity UK

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Hi guys,

As we all know Varsity are a massive brand and in the last few years they have moved across to the UK.

They are providing UK athletes with beautiful uniforms and have recently made a website for the UK community so athletes can purchase their apparel. The thing we love most about the Varsity UK website is that the face of the brand is a UK athlete Kirsty Small.

Kristy knows what it takes to cheer in the UK and we applaud Varsity UK for making their brand relatable to the UK cheer community. This is the first Major brand that has had a UK athlete as the face of it and it better not be the last. Next step is to get a UK athlete as a Varsity Allstar fashionista.

To celebrate this achievement we will be interviewing Kirsty to find out more about her and what it’s like to be the face of Varsity UK.

Hi Kirsty

Hi CFHTT

Kirsty, please tell us a little about your self

picture-of-me-before-competing-at-icc-nationalsHeading into my 11th season as a cheerleader, I’m currently a flyer on Oblivion Allstars IOC5 worlds team. To be honest I can’t quite believe how long I have been doing this sport, it has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I have so many good memories, experiences and achievements during my cheer days.Throughout my cheer career I have had the opportunity to compete at The Cheerleading Worlds in both 2015 and 2016 as part of OA, and this season I will be heading there again for my 3rd year. Not only have I been able to compete in the IOC5 division of worlds, I have also competed at the ICU Championships as part of Team England in 2015. On top of this amazing opportunity in 2015, I have yet again been selected to represent with Team England in 2017. I am extremely excited for the season ahead and I feel its going to be a good year.

Congratulations on becoming the face of Varsity UK how did that come about?

favourtie-varsity-outfitWell first of all I would like too say thank you on your compliments and for giving me the opportunity too speak with you. As you know Varsity is a huge brand in the cheerleading world and when Rebecca Hollis (Varsity Spirit UK & Ireland Manager) contacted me about a collaboration I was very excited, so of course I said yes!

As I have been a cheerleader for nearly 11 years now (half of my life), its safe too say that the cheerleading community has played a major role in my upbringing – continuously inspiring me. So when the opportunity of Varsity UK came up, I was overwhelmed with excitement. For years I have looked up too so many inspirational athletes, thus to be given this sort of opportunity, it’s truly humbling.

Did you have to do anything to prepare for the shoot?

Well, I study fashion styling, so I’m usually the other side of the camera (not the one being captured), so for me a lot of mental preparation was needed. I know what its like to be behind the scenes of shoot – knowing your expectations and then feeling a sense of disappointment when it doesn’t live up to the potentials you had in mind. But I guess that’s like anything in life, nothing turns out perfect. Yet, I was extremely nervous that this was going too happen on this shoot, and I defiantly did not want too mess this up. So my mental preparation was the major factor that I had too deal with within this whole process.

Please take us through the process of the day and what was your favourite part of it?

14964192_10154896421458287_1464167752_oWe had an amazing photographer that flew in from Berlin, Emanuel Berthé, who was able to capture the Varsity sprit amazingly. The day began at Talent Central, home too the legendary Ascension Eagles, where the atheistic of the gym worked perfectly for the shoot. It was a fast passed morning and I had a million, desirable outfit changes – of course, this was a lot of fun. After a few hours at the gym we headed over too Stratford, where we came across a road called “Cheering Lane”, which for obvious reasons was as perfect spot too snap a few pictures. However, the sun was so bright it was making my eyes water, and for anyone that knows me, they appreciate I can be a little dramatic … so it was hard too pose, smile and act like my eyes aren’t about explode all at the same time. But apart from me being a tad melodramatic the location completed the shoots overall effect. We then headed too our last location, the Olympic Park Stadium – a place where we want to see cheer in the future and in the hopes it will be classified as an Olympic sport someday.

14964100_10154896419858287_217690476_oAfter the busy day we had it felt so good to go home and tucked up in bed. It safe to say it was a well deserved rest. But now that I reflect back on the day’s shoot, its hard to pin point one specific element that was my favorite, as the whole day was exciting and full of fun. Yet, if I had too pick one thing, it would probably be wearing all the different outfit choices and seeing some of the beautiful merchandise.

What was your favourite item of clothing you wore from the collection?

Due to the fact I had numerous outfit changes throughout the day, its hard too name a specific item of clothing that’s my favorite. However, I loved the matching Vlogo Sports Bra and the Vlogo leggings – Splashing, not only are they extremely comfy, they also look super cute. Yet, as I am a flyer shoes are a big issue for me, I have to have the perfect pair. A shoe that’s comfy, firm and can do its job well – the Varsity VForce does just that. The first time I competed in these shoes was at #fcbythebeach 2016, and I can assure you they felt great. I’m known for tying my shoes so tight that I can barely feel my feet, but these shoes are still so comfy regardless.

How would you describe the style of a Varsity UK girl?

14958945_10154896420288287_1278679100_oWell when Rebecca Hollis first asked me too do this, she said that she defiantly wanted it too be UK cheerleader, to give it the sense of authenticity. Someone who can relate too the UK market and cheerleaders of which the website would be appealing too. So I think the main style of the Varsity girl is to give the relatable feel too the viewers.

What are five cheer items you can’t live without?

  1. Of course my cheer shoes, 100%
  2. A fabulous sports bra
  3. Matching shorts
  4. A cheer hoodie, because everyone loves a big hoodie to keep warm in the winter months
  5. And lastly a fab bag that sparkles, because if you don’t love sparkle are you really a cheerleader?

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What was it like when you saw yourself on the website?

Well  I’ve known it was coming for months as we done the shoot in the summer, but the anticipation of what the photos turned out like, and what the website was going too look like was intense. Then when I saw my face on the homepage of the website, I felt relieved and I didn’t have to stress anymore. The dramatic moment of the burning eyeballs didn’t seem so bad when I saw the final result. However, I’m still looking forward too seeing the rest of the pictures, because special web shop offers will be released every Monday, so make sure too keep your eyes peeled and snap up the deal of the week.

Thank you Kirsty for talking to us and we can’t wait to see your journey  this season.If you have enjoyed this interview please subscribe to the blog so you can keep up to date on all the UK cheer news

If you want to follow Kirsty on social media here are her links

Twitter: kirstyysmall

Instagram: kirstyysmall

If you would like to check out the apparell go to uk.varsity-europe.com

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CFHTT’S athletes that inspire revealed

Here are the athletes CFHTT have selected for our Athletes That Inspire series. We will be releasing these articles weekly. Which one would you like us to release first? Comment below.

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CFHTT interview with Rick the creator of Team England Para Cheer

Rick Rodgers

Hi Guys,

Today we are interviewing founder and creator of Team England Para Cheer.

Rick took an idea and made it reality, Rick performed his “Wheelchair Partner Stunt” routine at the Cheerleading Worlds back in 2011 . He displayed a high level  of cheerleading stunts from a disabled athlete encourage the  ICU to consider a new division for cheer

13036339_10154322558328287_1400186676_oRick’s passion and determination caused the The International Cheerleading Union (ICU) to invite him and his organisation (ParaCheer International) to bring an integrated team of disabled and non-disabled athletes, to showcase at the Worlds this month. CFHTT knows this is the start of something special the start of  a new division in cheer.

Rick is a base and his disability is that he has complex Regional Pain Syndrome (both legs)

Hi Rick

Hi CFHTT

Why did you want to join Team England ParaCheer?

Initially I was debating with the other coaches whether I should be in the routine or not. After try-outs we saw that there weren’t any other wheelchair users and felt that was something worth while showcasing on the floor, how a wheelchair user can be included in group stunts, so the decision was to have me perform with the team. I’m really pleased actually because it means that I finally have a full sized team again that I’m fully part of, something I have missed in the last 7 years since my accident and subsequent disability.

What’s your favourite part of being on Team England ParaCheer?

I love seeing the team come together and work through the difficulties each of them have in a productive and cooperative way. No-one is excluded because of their differences and if anything is challenging be it a disabled or non-disabled athlete everyone cheers them on and gives advice so we all build together and learn from each other. Obviously seeing my dream come to life in such a vivid and exciting way is also very special.

Are there any stunt/technique adaptations you make or are a part of which you find especially interesting? (tell us about it and why its interesting)

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Obviously all of the adaptations are fascinating for me as every time we learn something new we can add it to the rep to help any others coming after us start from a place of better understanding. My personal favourite of the adaptations I use however is during a group stunt section, when the other flyers all do a twist cradle, we do a full down because I can’t safely catch cradles sitting in my chair. Another adaptation to the routines as a whole that we’ve had to include is extra time in the transitions because it takes me longer to undo and redo my breaks and to travel across the floor than everyone else.

We would like to say thank you for all your hard work,your are inspiration to CFHTT and hundreds of people out their.

Thank you for sitting down with us Rick and good luck at Worlds 2016

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CFHTT interview with James From Team England Para Cheer

 

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Hi Guys

We are continuing on with our interview series with Team England Para Cheer athletes.
Our next interview is with James Vodrey .
James is a base support on the team and has no disability

 

Hi James

HI CFHTT

Why did you want to join Team England ParaCheer?

The thing that drew me to join ParaCheer Team England was the feeling that this was an entirely new way to perform the sport that I love. ParaCheer Team England is a testament to the unique inclusive quality of Cheerleading, proving that, through positivity and love, this is a sport that anyone can participate in and contribute to. The formation of a squad like this is something that has never been done before and it is truly in a league of its own.

What is your favourite part of Team England ParaCheer?

 

12814162_1218385884856898_5189622362923190874_nFor me, the best thing about ParaCheer Team England is seeing the way that people can adapt to their own physical needs and still compete at a high level. I am a Base Assistant for an athlete who has one arm and we have adjusted our technique to account for this. With a little communication and work we have managed to consistently hit every stunt we have been given and that’s such a great feeling. I’m so proud of my fellow athletes and the way that we have come together to show that physical disabilities can be overcome and that, with both individual and team effort, we can achieve so much.

It so great to see the UK cheer community coming to together and supporting each other. If we all work together we can achieve great thing. The future is bright for Team England Para Cheer .

Thank you for sitting down with us James   and good luck at Worlds 2016

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CFHTT interview with Emily From Team England Para Cheer

Emily HIll

 

Hi Guys

We are continuing on with our interview series with Team England Para Cheer athletes.
Our next interview is with Emily Hill.
Emily is a base support on the team and has no disability

 

Hi Emily

Hi CFHTT

Why did you want to join Team England ParaCheer?

I was initially interested in the concept of ParaCheer after attending a workshop led by Rick and Jayme; in which, we experimented as a group with creating and adapting cheerleading techniques, in order to make the sport fully inclusive for all athletes. I loved how we were changing ‘rules’ and techniques that had always previously seemed ‘set in stone’. 

What’s your favourite part of being on Team England ParaCheer?

My favourite part of being on Team England ParaCheer would first and foremost be having the opportunity to meet and train alongside such fantastic people! Everybody brings different elements to the team and we have really grown to be such a supportive family. I also love how Team England ParaCheer has the ability to change pre-existing mind sets about what is considered ‘impossible’.

12819441_1220034314692055_8377334029790567796_oAre there any stunt/technique adaptations you make or are a part of which you find especially interesting?

My role as base support requires me to make frequent adaptions. Within a pyramid section of our routine, I am a base support for Rick. We tried lots of different adaptations to in order to benefit us, and the stunt, such as changing where I stood and where I placed my hands. I enjoy finding new ways to make a stunt successful and feel like we are essentially re-writing the cheer technique ‘rule book’!

CFHTT is excited to see the changes you will make to stunts that people assume must be done in a certain way

Thank you for sitting down with us Emily  and good luck at Worlds 2016

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