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


Hey guys,  CFHTT

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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.

TE POM 2017


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

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Allstar Cheerleading Teams in the London Area

Hi Guy I was ask by a subscriber who  wanted to know all the cheer teams in the London area so I thought I would make it into a post. sparks Sparks  Allstars Location  Mulberry School for Girls  Richard Street Commercial Road  London E1 2JP


Phone  07841905643


Sparks Allstars has a  level 1, 2 & 3 cheer teams. A Contemporay dance and Jazz team   based near  Shadwell  station they are all open senior  teams. They also have an open senior level 4 team that trains at talent central

aec Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders

Location Talent Central Cheer and Dance, Unit 27a Gallions Reach Shopping Park, Armada Way, , E6 7ER


(AEC) began in November 1996 as an outreach of the Ascension Church Centre in the east London borough of Newham. Shara Brice MBE, AEC’s Patron and founder, initially started the programme as a way to keep young people off the streets and engaged in an activity that promotes fitness and social interaction. Teams Prodigy mini level 1 Dynasty Youth level 2 Destiny  juniors  level 1 Phophecy   junior level 3 Eternity senior level 3

starlets Surrey Starlets Location Surrey


Surrey Starlets have several competitive teams as well as recreational classes to cater for all ages and abilities. Each athlete’s age for the full competitive year is determined by their age on 31st August. For example if a cheerleader is 8 on 31st August she will be in Minis for the year, even if she will have turned 9 by the time classes start in September. Teams STARLETS AMETHYST – SENIOR LEVEL 5 (14yrs+)  STARLETS MULBERRY-SENIOR LEVEL -4 (14YRS+) STARLETS VIOLET – SENIOR LEVEL 3 (14yrs+) STARLETS LAVENDER – JUNIORS (11-14yrs) STARLETS LILAC – MINIS (6-8yrs) STARLETS IRIS – YOUTH (8-11yrs) RECREATIONAL CHEER CLASSES STARLETS PLUM – SENIOR GROUP STUNT 5 STARLETS GRAPE – SENIOR GROUP STUNT 3 STARLETS BLACKCURRENT – JUNIOR GROUP

surrey twisters

Surrey twisters Location The Riverside Community Centre 113 Culvers Avenue Carshalton Surrey, SM5 2FJ & The Centre Milton Road Wallington SM6 9RP



Phone 07834 720967

Surrey Twisters founded in April 2011 by Georgie Markwell it is now home to over 85 athletes with 7 competitive teams and a special needs team with ages ranging from 2-22 years old with all abilities. Raindrops  pay as you go sessions  held every Thursday 4pm – 5pm  Ages  2-5 years Lightning is a competitive squad at Mini Level 1 Ages  5-8 years. Thunder  Is our competitive Junior Level 1 squad Ages 9 – 14 years Hurricanes is our competitive Senior Level 2 squad aged 14+ Storm Rush is our competitive Senior 3 squad Ages 14+ Eclipse is our competitive co-ed level 4 team Ages 14+

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Location  Harris Academy Morden, Lilleshall Road, Morden, Surrey. SM4 6DU


Email address :

Unity Allstars was founded in September 2006 and is now home to 15 cheer teams and a Special Needs team, with athletes ages ranging from 5 to 30. Unity Allstars hold numerous National Championship and Grand Championship titles and has represented Great Britain at the World Cheerleading Championships many times. Coconut (Tiny 1), Skye (Mini 1), Mango (Small Youth 1), Lime (Large Youth 1), Peach (Youth 2), Peppermint (Junior 1), Teal (Junior 2), Pearl (Junior 3), Rose (Senior 1), Jade (Senior 2), Saffron (Senior 3), Smoke (Senior Co-ed 4.2), Indigo (Senior Co-ed 4), Ruby (Senior 5) and Black (Senior Co-ed 5) all train at Harris Academy Morden in South London during the week.  Unity Gold (SEN) train in peterborough under Amee Quy.

london eclipse London eclipse Location London



Tel: 020 8452 4445

Established in 2008 with just 10 founding members London Eclipse Cheerleading has grown in strength and size. The teams they have are Tiny, Mini, Youth,and Junior ( ages 14 and under by 1/8/2015)  Senior and Senior Open. Their teams are mixed of guys and girls and they are currently competitiong at level 1-4

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Location EAST LONDON GYM Nearest station: Beckton DLR

Training Times    Sundays – 3.30-8.30pm   &     Wednesdays – 8-9.30pm

Inferno is an adult level 2-6 competitive Allstar cheerleading program based in London.

With a strong focus on correct progressions in both stunting and tumbling, Inferno aims to provide athletes with the opportunity to develop through the levels in a safe and supportive environment.
All sessions are taken by USASF qualified and insured, level appropriate coaches.




Location West Surrey


Tel : 07981 087405


Royals Cheerleading was founded by three experienced cheerleading coaches and good friends Amber Hillier and Alison Bates  in 2012 to fulfil their dream of running their own team. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength with over 50 active members and have established a number of teams.


Xquisite Allstars

 Location Cumberlow Avenue, SE25 6AE London, United Kingdom


Tottenham Summer and Winter Carnivals

London Marathon supporting Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity

Future Cheer Regional and International Competitions

Brockwell Park – Lambeth Country Show

Local fairs and fetes

B.C.A – Future Cheer – ICC Competitions


They have a Junior and Senior competitive team

They don’t have any recent video here is a video from 2008-2009

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London Cheer Allstars

Location downham Leisure centre BR1sep



Phone 07713014327


Little stars  age 3-5

Twinkles Stars age 6-8

Spirit stars age 8-11

Shooting stars junior level1/2 squad

Senior Lewisham Lightning train at Prendergast Hillyfields, Lewisham , SE41LE



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Location Academy Sport Torquay Street,  (off Harrow Road), London W2 5EZ.​


​Phone  07983 677972 – Chanel Williams 

Teams Mini Cheer Team                                                                   

Ages 4 – 8yrs.  Cheer Dance, Pom Pom Dance, Basic Cheer Motions, USASF Level 1 & 2 Gymnastics/Tumbling skills, Jumps and Stunting. Suitable for beginners. Youth & Junior Cheer Teams

Ages 9 -14yrs. no prior training. Cheer Dance, Pom Pom Dance, Basic Cheer Motions, USASF Levels 1 – 3 Gymnastics/Tumbling skills, Jumps and Stunting. Suitable for beginners. ​Junior Street Dance Team​

Acro Dance/Floor Gymnastics Class

Ages 6-15yrs (Grouped by ability) can learn the fundamentals of mat tumbling including cartwheels, forward roll, back walkover, and back handspring. This class is does not include balance beam or other apparatus. Exams with the BDAF – British Dance Arts Federation may be taken

Senior Dance Team​

Ages 17yrs +. More Details soon – ​ Auditions in February 2013

Senior Open Cheer Team​

Ages 17yrs +. More Details soon.​

London Infinity Elite (Calthorpe Allstars)

Tel: 07791 320115


location Maiden Lane Community Centre156 St. Pauls Crescent, NW1 9XZ
London Borough of Camden

location 2 Paget Christian Centre  18-28 Randells Road, N1 0DH
London Borough of Islington

Hope this is helpful, Please let CFHTT  know if your a team in the London area and we was gladly add you to the list love Cheer From Head To Toe’s

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Angels Cheerleading Academy

The Angels
Cheerleading Academy was formed in the year 2000 and continues to move into bigger and better things.
ACA athletes will be taught solid technique and strong fundamentals in all areas of competitive
cheerleading. Yet the most important lessons they will learn are the priceless life skills that encourage


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0800 050 2526
07886 501 545
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Tenacity Cheer Xtreme 


New team base in North West  London

Address  London Capital City Academy London Nw10 3st

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Call 07960644460


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