The Diary of a university cheerleader

 

 

 

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My name is Rachel and I’m the Club Captain of the Chester Vixen for 2017-18 season.

Chester Vixen may be 4x Future Cheer National Champions, but we have such a long way before we can even think about that fifth consecutive title. Cheer From Head To Toe has tasked us with writing a monthly blog summarising the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with university cheerleading. We’re going to share how we run a society alongside managing our university workloads, pressures and of course, fighting for that all important five-peat at Future Cheer University Nationals.

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Think your All-Star team are a close-knit family? It gets even closer at university. We have of course training and competitions, but also have weekly socials, team bonding days, charity events and fundraising, and getting involved in other campaigns. Running a successful club, linking all of those things can be difficult, so we have a committee of students to run the show. All ten of our committee members were voted in at the end of last season by our members.

 

Recruiting:

Here at Chester we have 3 teams: Pom, All Girl Level 1 (known as “Cheer”) and our side-line team, Prep Squad. Each team is run by two captains. As a university sports club, we have many pressures from our Students Union we need to fulfil. We have a membership target, fundraising target, SU involvement, volunteering etc., all in order to receive the same funding for the following year. Unlike All-Star cheer where try outs are usually around May-July time, we can’t host any try-outs until October. Freshers (first year students) don’t arrive until the end of September. And we can’t host any formal training sessions until then either. Therefore, our committee and returning members have the job of promoting our club to all students during Freshers Week. When you think about the All-Star calendar, September is extremely late to be recruiting. Any committee member from any sport will tell you that Freshers Fair is dog-eat-dog. Every sport and society are fighting for members, so it’s up to us to put on our biggest smiles and friendliest faces to have people sign up. Thankfully, we had over 190 students sign up at Freshers Fair!

Taster Sessions:

FullSizeRender[2]Then came Taster Sessions. The majority of people we recruit have never cheered before, so Taster Sessions give them a snippet of what they’re getting themselves in for. Our Captains were all nervous beforehand, not only nervous to lead the sessions, but whether anyone would turn up, and what talent we’d have.

The first Taster session was Cheer, ran by myself and Millie – what a rollercoaster it was. We had two taster sessions, focusing the Sunday on stunting and tumbling, and the Wednesday focusing on dance and jumps. About 75% of the team from last year have left as they have now graduated – this is the major downfall of university cheerleading, the constant conveyor belt of athletes. That is why it is so difficult for uni teams to be consistent year upon year. So we were really nervous about who was going to turn up for taster sessions. If we’re being honest, the first Taster Session was a bit wobbly. Tumbling abilities were great, but we were stunting in groups with people who had never stunted before, and we struggled to get past gut level. With Future Cheer in 4 months’ time, we were panicking.

The next Taster Session was for Pom, ran by Ellen and India.

They did a Zumba warm up and everyone came out with smiles on their faces. There was so much talent in the room! There are good things coming for Pom this year, I can tell! Similarly, Prep Squad’s Taster Session was a hit! Everyone seemed to enjoy the dance that Summer was teaching and there was a high turnout!

Try Outs:

Next came Try Outs. This year we mixed it up a bit. We had Freshers and returning members try out separately. Myself and Millie decided we wanted to make Try Outs fairer by having everyone show us their jump, tumble, stunt and dance abilities. Previously we’ve only ever jumped and tumbled, or just danced. Knowing this would take more time, we split them up. For both Pom and Cheer, returning members’ Try Outs were really messy (on our part). We didn’t have time to see everything from everyone, and had to rely on competition videos from last season. Thankfully, it was just in front of returning members, so we used that as our practise. Then came our Freshers’ Try Outs, the real deal.

On the night, we had Pom Try Outs first, followed by Cheer. Prep-Squad is a team open to all, and therefore they don’t have Try Outs. Before our allotted time for Try Outs, an outside company use the gymnasium. Knowing they usually get out late, and that we were very time restricted for Try Outs, we were worried about getting in on time. As expected, there was a slight issue with them running over, and their leaders staying in the gymnasium being distracting during our Try Outs. This is one of the many issues we face as a university sports club, a high demand for facilities but not enough space being a relatively small university. We did complain about this company afterwards to our Students Union, and we weren’t the first club to complain either. They have been better since.

Other than that slight blip, both Pom and Cheer’s Try Outs went so swiftly, without a kink. We were really impressed with the turnout and the effort everyone put in.

We’re almost there. After Try Outs we spent three hours and a Papa John’s pizza picking the teams. Pom were slightly quicker. They knew what they wanted from their athletes and had such a high pool of talent to choose from. With Cheer, we drafted individuals to be on the team, and then had to redraft based on stunt groups. We had to move people around, sometimes into their non-preferred positions, but as I said before Try Outs, we are first and foremost cheerleaders, not specific positions. After deciding stunt groups, knowing they’d be strong, we were feeling a lot better than at that first Taster Session! The following day, results emails were sent. It was unfortunate that some people didn’t make Cheer or Pom, even though we wished we could have put everyone on. Something we said in the email is that those who made the team weren’t necessarily the best, but the best fit together. We also invited them to join Prep Squad and I was really glad to see much of those turn up to the session.

Team Bonding:

We chose to dedicate one of the first training sessions as a full team training session. It’s rare that we all train together as we each have so much to do, so it was nice for all three teams to bond and get to know each other. We set everybody up into “Cheer Buddies”. These were basically pairs or groups of threes with a returning member and a Fresher, and had them introduce each other. I hope it allowed people to get talking to someone they may not have previously, and ask any questions they had to someone with more experience. We then had a classic game of Chicken in the Hen House to warm up. Afterwards we got into our 3 teams, got ourselves all tangled up by holding hands and attempted to unravel. Pom ended up giving up as the tensions got too high. Prep Squad had to start again, but eventually made it. Cheer had the biggest group so it got very hot and stressful. But it’s safe to say we were the champions of that game – we only cheated twice! And finally, we had a quick fitness test, so we can see how we improve over the year. All in all, a success!

Socials:

IMG_2650Another form of team bonding we all enjoy are our socials. Our first social was on a Wednesday night. It was our annual White T-Shirt themed social. It’s a great one for everyone to get to know each other, by writing on each other’s t-shirts with marker pens. We then had a purple themed social and a joint social with Men’s Basketball for Halloween. FullSizeRender[1]Our Socials are organised by Jess and David, our Social Secs. Here’s what Jess had to say about her first month as Social Sec:

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“I have enjoyed training and the basketball games so far. I have found organising the socials a little stressful but they have turned out to be good nights, and I’m pleased with how many of the girls come out on the socials. Also helping Summer choreograph the dance for Prep Squad has been fun, and I’m impressed with how quickly the girls have picked up the routine. Balancing all of this with uni has been ok so far.”

 

Charity:

Another major part of cheerleading at the University of Chester is charity fundraising. We have a charity Officer, Jodie, who organises all our events. 1510084669715.jpgOur first Charity event was “Milking it For Money”. We all donated £2 to the cause, and danced whilst being squirted with water guns filled with fake milk. If you want to watch us making a fool of ourselves, here’s the

 

Overall, we raised £57.35 for Chester Without Abuse and Rethink mental health. Jodie has many more charity ideas up her sleeve so keep your eye out. Our next big event is our annual Sponsored Sleep out in aid of Chester Aid to the Homeless. We sleep outside for a night, enduring the cold, experiencing just a fraction of what the homeless do every day. If you’re interested, check out our Facebook page for more information (Chester Vixens).

Behind the Scenes:

I was told by the previous Vice Club Captain, that people treat University Cheer much differently than All-Star Cheer. This has stuck with me as I wasn’t too sure what she meant until we started training. I always knew coaching this demographic would be difficult because the team are my friends, my age, and I’m also on the team. Getting the coach/teammate balance is difficult on both sides. Luckily, all seems to be going well now, and sessions are running smoothly. Myself and Millie were really confident in the team we picked, the stunt groups and the positions we put people in. It’s been really helpful that me and Millie came to these decisions mutually and back each other completely.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that committee members get up to a lot behind the scenes. Whilst many of our members had a well-deserved break over the summer, as Club Captain, my summer was jam packed with running different errands for cheerleading. There was committee training, lots of health and safety forms, updating the Cheerleading section on the SU’s website, contacting local businesses for sponsorship, getting our training times and liaising with other club captains to get a time that suited us, a constant conveyor belt of emails, first aid courses, arranging choreography, creating posters and leaflets for Freshers Fair, Pre-Season training, session planning and uniforms. Now uniforms are a big thing for us this Season. Each team is getting a new uniform, as Cheer have had theirs for 5 years! We’ll talk more about the new uniform process in our next article, once they’ve all been ordered.

We’ve also done a massive rebrand of Prep-Squad, which was previously called “Team”. Here’s what Summer had to say after her first month of Captain of Prep Squad:

1510089251509.jpg“As Prep Squad Captain, we have been trying to rebrand the team, by giving them a new name and a new uniform! This has gone really well and has given the girls more confidence with side-line cheer. During the first month I have choreographed the dance and begun teaching it to Prep Squad. The team have attended their first basketball game and got to know the team. We aim to be performing our routine at the games in December! Most recently we cheered at a Men’s 2nd game where they won their cup game, this was very exciting for the team to experience. We hope to be cheering at many more winning games!”

It Has been quite hard managing the club with my university workload, especially as I’m now doing a Masters degree. Millie has also said that she often finds herself doing more Cheer related things than uni. But as the weeks progress, we’re settling into our roles more and are better able to manage our time.

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Upcoming:

So that’s everything for October. But it doesn’t stop there, we have so much planned in the upcoming weeks. We are getting involved in Children in Need and the Samaritans’ Operation Christmas Child. We’ll be hosting a night to raise money to help with the cost of our uniforms. Hannah, our Treasurer will be helping us order uniforms, competition entries and hotels. Cheer are having their choreography day at the end of November (on my birthday, typical!). We will also be getting involved with the “This BUCS Girl Can” campaign, to get more females involved in sport. It’s a campaign I’m quite passionate about, so I can’t wait to host a fun cheer-fit session for everyone to get involved in.

That’s it from me. I hope you’ve enjoyed our first edition and continue to follow us throughout the season.

until next time guys

Rachel x

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Farewell Kingston Cougars

Such sweet words from Coach Emma showing her love and passion for
Kingston University Cheerleading Squad.  💜💜💜😢😢😢😢😢

“And just like that my 10 years of coaching Kingston Cougars has come to an end! 😢
These past 10 years have flown by and from going from a 6th form student, to a kingston uni student, all the way through to today, has been absolutely amazing! 
I’ve loved absolutely every minute of my time coaching this amazing team, and I have memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Having the opportunity to sit and share these memories with so many of you last night, was the absolutely perfect way to end my 10 year stint as the Cougars coach!
I’ve made so many friends in my time with Kingston and I want to thank each and every single person for making Cougars what it is today! Whilst I’ll still be managing the programme and popping in here and there, I truly will miss spending every week with this team (and hearing the drunken stories after a Cougar Chaos) 😂

Thank you Kingston! It’s been a blast 💛💙 xxx
@kingstoncheer”

Its a joy to see a coach love their team so much and it be return. Coach Emma will never know how much she has touched people live

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First ever review of Varsity Ascend Cheer shoes

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Hi guys,

When looking to purchase new cheer shoes, it’s so important to spend time thinking about what you want and need from a shoe. As this sport develops you need a shoe that can handle jumping, stunting, and tumbling. You also need to make sure that it is comfortable and that it fits properly. Selecting the right shoe needs to be high priority, because it can affect how you perform throughout the season. Lastly, most cheer shoes aren’t cheap so you don’t want to waste your money.

We are so excited to be the first blog to review the newest Varsity cheer shoes; The Varsity Ascend.

We got sent these shoes by Varsity Europe who have a dedicated team in the UK, Varsity Spirit are excited to serve and support the UK delivering high quality service and standard .

Varsity Europe, have just  announce the cooperation with FutureCheer Limited to offer the wide range of VARSITY’s high-quality shoes to all customers throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

We thought this was a perfect time to review Varsity  Ascend as they soon will be able to all at Future Cheer competition.  We are going to tell you everything about these shoes so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

Varsity Ascend are the lightest cheer shoes in Varsity history! But how much do they accurately weigh? The shoes weigh between 3.8 to 4 0z for standard size 6/ 7, which is perfect for an elite athlete.

When you put these shoes on your feet the first thing you will notice is how comfortable they feel. Inside the shoe is a foam insole made of high-grade memory foam, it’s designed for comfort and feels like you’re getting a little massage from your shoes – bliss.

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As cheerleading advances and athletes are expected to constantly tumble throughout a routine, we need a shoe that can handle a large amount of impact.

The Varsity Ascend are made to handle the impact of tumbling. The heel and foam insole absorb the shock which helps to protect your feet.

There are also two cushion like pads on the back of the shoes, which are designed to secure the heel in place, and shield delicate areas like the Achilles tendon from the demand of tumbling and stunting.

Once we move on from the comfort overload, you will notice the large mesh panel on the shoe. The mesh is made of a high-grade grid netting which is there to of course, help with the weight, but also help to ventilate the shoe. It’s so soft which adds to the comfort level, and it’s breathable to stop the foot from getting sweaty.

There are also grey triangles on the back of the shoes. You would think the triangle detail is there to be aesthetically pleasing, which it is, but it’s real purpose is to support the ankle when having the shoe properly laced and synched. It is meant to help support the side structure of the shoes.

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It’s nice to know that Varsity have really thought about the cheer community when making a cheer shoe. They understand that as the sport rapidly progresses and athletes are pushing their bodies to the limit of what they are capable of, they need a shoe that caters to that, and they have delivered.

Appearance of the shoe

I know the appearance of the shoe shouldn’t matter, but it does. The varsity Ascends are a very sleek shoe. It’s a sexy shoe, a shoe that catches your eye and stands out from the crowd. It does make you feel like an elite athlete ready to dominate on the mat. Another thing that we like about this shoe is because it’s so sleek it makes your foot look smaller. This really will not matter if you have small feet, but if you have larger feet like myself, then it’s a little side note.

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How to care for your shoes

If you’re a base, you’re fortunate enough to know that your shoes are going to basically stay clean all season, unless you do something crazy to get them messy. But if you’re a Flyer it’s a different story. It’s only a matter of time until your shoes start turning off white, especially your flyer floor foot.

CFHTT cleaning tips 

The best way to keep the varsity ascend clean is to soak them in water with a little bit of washing powder in it. They can be scrubbed gently with a soft brush or old tooth brush, and then simply left to air dry, do not put them in the tumble dryer. Take the insole out first to make sure the memory foam keeps it´s form.

Remember these are indoor shoes so do not wear them outside if you want them to last.

You can purchase these shoes from the Varsity Europe website ( varsity-europe.com), and when you do make sure you send us pictures letting us know what you think of them.

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If you have anymore question please feel free to message us and we will get back to you asap. Furthermore if you would like CFHTT to review you brand please contact cheerfromheadtotoe@gmail.com

 

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University cheer expose :Teesside Wildcats Cheerleader

 

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CFHTT have gone all the way up north and Middlesbrough to Teesside university to talk to Emma about what it like being Teesside Wildcats 

 

Tell us about Teesside Wildcats cheer history.”  

The team was officially formed in 2003/4 as a side-line cheer team. They first competed in 2004 and could barely stunt! Since then the team have competed regularly and over the years have competed at levels 1-4 cheer.

At Teesside University is your cheerleading team consider a sport or a society?

Our team is considered a sport.

You have a very striking uniform who came up with the design. Thank you!

IMG_7099Our current uniform was designed by Allstar Nation, but we do have some very exciting things regarding uniform for the new season which I can’t go into too much detail about yet…

Do you get any support from your university?

Yes! The student’s union are fully behind us. They give us a certain amount of funding every term depending on the team’s requirements. The new club membership also includes insurance, travel to competitions, a branded team jacket, and discounts in the SU for food and drink.

That great !

“How many teams do you have and what does each team do?”

We only have one team due to the club size, but we also give the option to join stunt groups.

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How many hour a week do you train

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Our normal times are between 5-6 hours spread over 3 sessions, however in the run up to competitions this could probably double! No amount of training is ever too much!

What was your biggest achievement last season?

The Wildcat’s really prevailed at comp last year! Both stunt and team worked equally as hard and we never fell below the top 3, which is amazing when you think some if the people on our team have never done cheer in their lives. However, I think the team’s real achievement is the unbreakable friendships it forms. I came out of last year knowing I had a friend in every single member of my team and I have no doubt everyone else feels the same.

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How do you decide what competition you are going to attend?

Our coach Rachel tends to make a list of what she thinks would be good for the team and we discuss it together. Which ones would be the most fun and easiest to get to, those sorts of things.

“What was your favourite cheerleading competition of the past season?”

I always love Legacy! It’s the first comp of the season for us and it really is a landmark for a lot of new members as their first cheer comp ever. That’s such a special thing to do as a team.

Does your team do other things apart from compete?

IMG_7105The team love getting involved in charitable work with themed training sessions. A good example is our “all pink everything” session with bake sale to raise money for breast cancer awareness month. We also dressed in rainbow colours for LGBTQ+ awareness, and we took part in a charity netball game dressed as dominoes. Coming up this month we’ll be cheering on the competitors at the Great North Run while supporting the teenage cancer trust. Also, sometimes we provide half time entertainment for on campus basketball games.

What are your goals for this season To improve on tumbling!

I think tumbling is one of the most difficult and scariest aspects of cheer to learn, I’m speaking from personal experience as I haven’t mastered anything much further than a forward roll! But as a team I think that’s something we need to take time on.

Team commitment is always something that’s difficult too, just because being a university team you have deadlines to compete with, but we like to ensure that our members know cheer isn’t something to stress over, it’s fun and if anything should be used as a break from studying.

It’s that time of year where you guys will be recruiting what you are looking for from student?

I think the biggest thing that makes a team member is the ability to push yourself. As I’ve said a lot of our team have never done competitive cheer before and cheer isn’t a sport that comes easily, it takes effort. We love it when members are in it for the long haul and are willing to do the best for the team not just themselves.

Why should people join your team?”

IMG_7100Because I have never met a more supportive team. All I can think is back to my first session, I joined half way through the year, I had no experience and yet I felt supported to try everything and encouraged to come back again. Not to mention it’s fun, we like making competitions out of conditioning so it’s not so much of a chore.

“What useful skills has cheerleading taught you?”

I think cheer can teach you how to truly be part of a team, because all the time you’re looking out for others rather than yourself.

“Are there any transferable skills that you have learnt from cheer that you can use later in life?”

Cheer definitely makes your confidence grow, there’s no way you can hit the mat and be shy about it, and I’d like to think people utilise their new found confidence for their futures, for job interviews as an example.

What would your lives be without cheer?

Boring! Before I joined cheer, I was mostly sat at home just gaining fresher’s weight. Cheer has made my life so much better because now I have something to look forward to three times a week where I can relax, be myself and meet some amazing people!

 

“Do you guys use social media platforms?” Yes, we do!

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Facebook: Teesside Wildcats Cheerleading

Instagram: @teessidewildcatscheer

Twitter: @WildcatsTees

Our social media accounts help the team to stay connected with upcoming events, comps and socials. Make sure to give us a follow to see what comps we’ll be attending, and what achievements the teams making.

“Is there any other information you would like to share with CFHTT?” I have some fun facts about the team:

  • In 2009 the team had more male than female athletes, but since then the numbers have gone down and we struggle to recruit men.
  • 6 ex wildcats have all competed at World’s!
  • In 2005/6 our PORNAR award was created. Every year at our end of year team meal this award if given out for outstanding achievement.

 

Lastly what is your favourite UK Cheer team (apart from your team) and your favourite International cheer team and why?

AV BannerSeeing as though we have quite a few current and ex-Wildcats on several UK teams those are obviously our favourites! Aviator Allstars, Rising Stars and Hartlepool Hawks to name a few.

Cheer Starz Academy who have some extremely talented cheerleaders and coaches (especially Rachel and Nate who also happen to coach Wildcats).

As far aa international goes were a big fan of Top Gun, is it any wonder why? There amazing!

Thank you guys for talking to us and we wish you all the success in the future 
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University Cheer expose : Leeds Trinity Titans

 

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Hey guys,

Today we are speaking to Millie who is the new coach for Leeds Trinity Titans. We are finding out what cheerleading is like when you attend a small university. Does the size of your university effect you cheerleading experience lets find out.

Tell us about Leeds Trinity Titans  cheer history.”

Leeds Trinity Titans is only a small team as it’s only a small university. It has always been coached by team members and does really well considering there is no constant professional coaching. The past three years the Titans have places in the top 10 every year at FC University Nationals, making one of these top 10 placings a National Championship title. The year we won we did have some help from an Aviators Coach, and we do occasionally get help from other teams towards competition, such as White Rose Cheer which we really appreciate.

Is cheerleading team consider a sport or a society at Leeds Trinity university ?

Our Cheerleading team is considered a sport. This is because we participate in physical training for what we do. I personally am really happy it’s a sport because it is getting the recognition it deserves, as a challenging physical activity, like football and rugby for example.

Do you get any support from your university?

We work closely with the Union Sports Co-ordinator and the vice president and president of the university. They help to organise everything all the sports and societies may need. I think the university are really good at working with us to ensure we have everything we need to run a successful team, they also help us with uniform, kits, and budgets etc.

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How many teams do you have and what does each team do?

As we are only a small university we only have one team. We are a Level 2 all girl competition team currently. This means we compete in competitions across the country against other university teams at competitions such as Future Cheer, Legacy, and BCA. Competitions are what we work to each season but we also enjoy looking at any other opportunities that present themselves to us. Any showcasing or advertisement we can get is always good.

How many hour a week do you train

We train for twice a week for an hour and a half. Then closer to competition we might add extra time or extra sessions on.

What was your biggest achievement last season?

I think our biggest achievement last season was having a lot of people new to cheerleading that didn’t know anything about it, and seeing them taking on level 2 standard roles in both tumbling, and stunting.

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How do you decide what competition you are going to attend?

Deciding what competition, we want to attend can be tricky. Ultimately it comes down to budget and location. The teams committee will get together to discuss location, entry fees and how much money we have. We try to do things throughout the year to get as much money as we can, like fundraising and making sponsorship deals. We don’t like to ask team members for lots of money because students are on a budget and cheerleading can be very expensive. We want everyone to be able to participate meaning keeping costs to a minimum. We do also however take into consideration the atmospheres created by different competition to ensure we attend a smoothly run competition that everyone will enjoy.

What was your favourite cheerleading competition of the past season?

We only got to do one competition last season unfortunately due to budget. We did however really enjoy it. We attended FC University Nationals in Birmingham where we placed 10th. We were really proud of our top ten finish, we had lots of injuries and swap arounds really close to competition, so considering the circumstances everyone did extremely well. I think what we put out on the mat was definitely something to be proud of. Some people on the team had never been to a cheerleading competition before and the vibe is hard to understand if you’ve not experienced it. Getting into your uniform, doing each other’s hair and makeup, and supporting each other really bonded the team further. We also did a nice little thing where we each picked a name out of a hat and made a little keepsake to say well done for after we competed, so everyone gave and received one and I thought it was lovely.

Does your team do other things apart from compete?

Last year we did a showcase at half time at one of the football teams matches. It was good to get out pre-comp nerves and get people used to performing. It was good fun as we got to put on our uniforms and make a name for ourselves around campus. We also do social nights out which range from going to bars and clubs to having cosy nights in with a takeaway.

What are your goals for this season?

I think our goals for this season are to improve skills and gain new ones, sharpen up technique and improve on our placings. Hopefully we can do more than one competition so we can see improvements in our routine throughout the season. We also want to welcome freshers and get more people involved.

It’s that time of year where you guys will be recruiting what you are looking for from student?

All we really want are people that have enthusiasm and determination. We need people that want to commit and work hard, be that boys or girls. A background in dance/gymnastics or cheerleading would be beneficial but is definitely not required as we love a challenge. It’s really exciting helping people learn new things and making new friends.

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Why should people join your team?

The Titans has been such a fun experience for me. I’m just about to start second year and the people I am living with I met through joining this team. They are such a welcoming bunch of girls and I know I have definitely gained some amazing friends thanks to them. It’s a chance to learn new things, keep active and meet people you wouldn’t have. You bond with people not just in your year group too which I think is good. It is open to everyone so nobody should feel like they can’t try out for the team. Even if you don’t make the competition squad you can still be part of the team and come to training and socials.

What useful skills has cheerleading taught you?

Cheerleading has taught me lots of skills. I think the main skill is team work, you all have ideas and really do have to work together to make the routine work. It is by no means an individual sport. Time management, organisation and social skills have also been gained, making sure you are on time for practise, and still fit in the rest of your uni life around it can be difficult, but if you enjoy it you’ll figure it out.

Are there any transferable skills that you have learnt from cheer that you can use later on in life?

All these skills are transferable into the work place, and have benefited me on work placements. Leadership skills can also be developed if you have a role on the committee, such as captain or social sec.

What would your lives be without cheer?

I think without cheer my first year of university would have been very different. As I previously mentioned I found friends at cheer that I am now living with for my second year. Also gaining friends in the years above and going out on socials with them is really fun, it’s just a different experience to just going out on a normal night with your mates from halls. It can also give you a break from the stresses of life and uni work. For the hours you’re at training, you just get to focus on that and have fun with your friends. It’s a really good release from anything that might be worrying you.

Do you guys use social media platforms?

We do have Facebook, Instagram, and twitter but I don’t think we use them as much as we could. This year we really want to do more social media advertising to really show people what we do and hopefully inspire more people to join next season. We are also looking to possibly make a snapchat account so people can follow us closer. (@ltutitanscheer

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Is there any other information you would like to share with CFHTT?

I think just that if you’re considering joining a cheer team either at home or university, you definitely should. It really develops your character and you really do make friends for life.

Lastly what is your favourite UK Cheer team (apart from your team) and your favourite International cheer team and why?

 

I really can’t choose my favourite UK team as I really enjoy watching all the talent, my favourite division is Coed

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5, the routines are so exciting to watch, and my favourite uni team is probably Birmingham Pussycats.

I think their routines are really well rehearsed and they have a good skill level and a lot of sass. My favourite international team is Cheer Sport Sharks Great White Sharks. I have loved this team since I got involved in the IOAG5 division myself. They just make it look easy and the skills they execute just really inspire me. The technique, performance and skill level is mesmerising and they are just a joy to watch perform. Getting to see them live at Worlds was something I will never forget, and I also really enjoyed watching their Netflix series.

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