Cheerleading in the United Kingdom
Some schools offer cheerleading as a sport or extracurricular option; a 2010 Department of Education report said that 37% of schools were offering cheerleading as an extracurricular option physical education choice.
One particular cheerleading program, the Ascension Eagles of the London Borough of Newham, has received attention and awards for its positive impact in its economically disadvantaged neighbourhood. In April 2014 Crimson Heat Tigers Cheer based in Reading, won the COA (Cheerleaders of America) National title in Florida, gaining the USA Champions title. Crimson Heat, who hold UK National and European titles were also official cheerleaders for the London Games and are the first UK team to achieve the COA National Title. The top teams in the country, competing at Level 6, are Aviator Allstars F22 Raptors and Unity Black (both co-ed) as well as Aviator Allstars F35 Lightning (all-girl).
The main organisations hosting competitions in the UK are Scotcheer, BCA, ICC, Future Cheer and UKCA. The governing body is SportcheerGB, recognised by the International Cheer Union (ICU) which is promoting cheerleading as a sport to the Olympic bodies.
Cheerleading is conducted through all-star, university and school teams. Many of these teams compete against other cheerleading teams at regional and national levels. Cheerleading is not classified as a BUCS sport. There are also squads attached to some football and Rugby League teams; however, these often involve more dancing than the gymnastics and stunting elements of cheerleading.
- Patrick Barkham, "Why cheerleading is booming in Britain's schools", The Guardian, 6 October 2010.
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- Laura Clark, "Schools Axe Real Sport in the Craze for Cheerleading", Daily Mail, 24 September 2010 – via Questia (subscription required).
- Julia Lawrence, "Please don't mention the Pom-Poms! For children from one of Britain's most crime-ridden estates, cheerleading lessons have been a lifesaver", Daily Mail, 22 October 2010.
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