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Host a Training Course with UKCA


Hosting a UKCA is an amazing opportunity for you to positively shape an athletes Cheerleading career for the future.

Throughout the year, UKCA work to provide as many training opportunities for Coaches, Cheerleaders, Judges, Event Officials and Volunteers across the UK as possible. Our courses are designed to assist and encourage the development of all attendees. Each course is run by a fully qualified instructor and we ensure that everyone who attends, finishes the day feeling confident and inspired.

If you have a suitable venue, you can host your own course. This is an ideal solution for Schools, Organisations or Clubs who need qualifications for Coaches, Cheerleaders, Young Leaders or Volunteers and are able to provide 12 or more participants.

To host a Closed Course (a private course for your group only), a minimum of 16 participants are required.

To host an Open Course (where other people book on), a minimum of 12 participants are required.

There is a maximum of 30 participants unless agreed with UKCA at time of booking.

For all courses, UKCA will prepare posters Free of Charge for you to print or forward by email to all prospective participants.

For more info and to organise a course with UKCA – Click Here

Spring Championships 2018 – Spectator Tickets


Entries are now CLOSED for the Spring Championships 2018 at Belle Vue Sports Village in May and it’s time to start getting your spectator tickets!

The event will showcase performances from Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer categories across two days with plenty of extra fun brought to you throughout the weekend by our fabulous compères and team mascots! It promises to be a weekend to remember!

Don’t miss your chance to be there!

Spectator Tickets
Adults: £10.00 per day
Children under 16: £1.00 per day

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Running orders and coach letters will be released soon so keep an eye out coaches!

Spring Championships 2018 Entry Deadline


There’s only a few days left to get your entries in!

The UKCA Spring Championships 2018 at Belle Vue Sports Village in Manchester are rapidly approaching and the deadline for entries is next week!

The event will showcase performances from Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer categories across two days with plenty of extra fun brought to you throughout the weekend by our fabulous compères and team mascots! It promises to be a weekend to remember!

Don’t miss your chance to be there!

Competition Entry Fees
Cost per entry: £20.00
Cost per helper: £10.00

Spectator Tickets
Adults: £10.00 per day
Children under 16: £1.00 per day

ENTER THE UKCA SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 NOW

We can’t wait to see you there!

We are proud of you

Our very own Development Coordinator Anna Melling was nominated as part of the 2017 National Community Fitness Awards and came first runner up in the category of ‘Mini Motivator’ for her work coaching and developing young people in the community. Anna is delighted to have been recognised for her work. Anna is a UKCA coach based in the North East covering Northumberland and Tyneside.

Bethany Hall and Bailey Dunn attended the North East Disability Sports awards on 19th March to celebrate the achievements of disability participants, athletes, coaches, volunteers.

Bethany and Bailey are both UKCA coaches assisting with the delivery of SEN sessions in Northumberland, having undertaken their Makaton training in 2017, they are now able to ensure inclusion regardless of communication barriers within all the sessions delivered by Loud Arts CIC.

The girls were nominated in the category of ‘Service to Sport’.
Mentored by UKCA coach Anna Melling to girls were delighted to be nominated and attend the awards.

Feature In Our Next Newsletter!


Have you won any awards recently for Cheer or Dance?

We’re looking for stories from our talented members who have recently been awarded for their achievements in Cheer and Dance that we may not know about to feature in our upcoming newsletter. Whether you’ve won an award in a competition, performed well in practice or been recognised for your outstanding efforts we want to hear from you!

Let us know your story at admin@ukca.org.uk and you could be featured in our official UKCA Newsletter!

UKCA National Cheerleading Championships 2018 – Review


Another special weekend at the Manchester Velodrome.

In the week leading up to UKCA’s first competition in Manchester of 2018 the UK blanketed in snow and plunged into freezing temperatures but the country’s fierce army of Cheerleaders descended on the National Cycling Centre and brought the heat!

The weekend kicked off with a performance from Cheerleading Level 3 athletes who helped to warm the crowd and get us off to a flying start. Throughout the rest of the weekend we saw Cheerleaders compete across Cheerleading, Stunt, Cheer Dance, Pom Dance & the all new Urban Cheer category! As we’ve all come to expect at UKCA competitions the standard was extremely high and there was no shortage of highlights! The National Championships carry extra significance for athletes as it is their opportunity to qualify to compete at the European Cheerleading Championships and represent the UK.

The results from both days of competitions of now live on our website:

Saturday Results

Sunday Results

UKCA events are about much more than competition. They are about having fun and creating lasting memories together! Throughout the day we were treated to Limbo dancing, Mascot Showdowns and Jason’s all new Swish Swish game, which you can see clips of on our Instagram feed! It’s fair to say Cheer Spirit was very high which made choosing the winners of the all important Spirit Awards incredibly difficult!

Saturday’s Gateley Spirit Award went to Wigan Vipers

Well done to Wigan Vipers on winning the @gateleyplc Spirit Award #ukca

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Sunday’s Insure4sport Spirit Award went to Olympus Girls Club

Congratulations to Olympus on winning the @insure4sport Spirit Award #ukca

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Watch the National Championships 2018 highlights video

We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part and a massive thank you to everyone who made it possible. Now we look ahead to the UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships in May where we’ll do it all over again! We can’t wait to see you all there!

Manchester Sports Awards 2018


This year the Hilton Manchester will host the tenth annual Manchester Sports Awards Event. The evening will bring together Sporting Champions from around the city celebrating sporting achievements from the past 12 months.

So who’s gone the extra mile, who’s gone above and beyond, who’s had their greatest sporting year? If you want to recognise an achievement or thank someone for their efforts from your club then now is the time to nominate.

For more information and to view the different categories visit the website.

The Awards will take place on the evening of Saturday 27th October and will be a fantastic night of celebrations.

NI National Schools & Club Championships 2018 – Review


This weekend saw the annual NI National Schools & Club Championships take place at the Antrim Forum!

The event started on Friday with primary schools from across the country taking part in the annual Antrim & Newtownabbey Primary School Festival 2018 before the nation’s Cheerleading clubs competed for glory in the NI Cheerleading Championships 2018 on Saturday.

The weekend included athletes competing in different levels and disciplines and of course for the competition’s Spirit Award.

For a full list of results from the Antrim & Newtownabbey Primary School Festival 2018 CLICK HERE

For a full list of results from the NI Cheerleading Championships 2018 CLICK HERE

The all important Gateley Spirit Award went to Goldrush and their Head Coach Megan O’Kane!

As always it was an amazing weekend with the level of skill on show as high as the Cheer spirit shown by all! Check out the highlights below!

Competition Gallery

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who made it such a superb event and say a huge well done to everyone who took part! We are proud of you!

Gateley Plc announces partnership with the UK Cheerleading Association


Gateley Plc, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley, has announced a legal partnership with the UK Cheerleading Association (UKCA), with senior associate Nick Murrills joining the UKCA board as independent chairman.

As a national, non-profit organisation, UKCA actively develops the sport of cheerleading from grassroots through to national, European and world level, organising competitions and events across the country, as well as training coaches, cheerleaders, judges, officials, young leaders and volunteers.

Joining UKCA as independent chairman, Nick Murrills is a senior associate in Gateley Plc’s Sports Sector team. Nick focuses on sports litigation, defamation and reputation management, as well as investigations and advice on matters of corporate governance, acting for a wide range of sports clients including Premier League football clubs, sports’ national governing bodies and players, managers and sports agents.

Nick commented: “We’ve worked with UKCA over the past couple of years, so it’s great for me to now join the organisation in an official capacity. The values that UKCA hold mirrors our own organisation’s values of collaboration and team spirit very closely, so it was a natural fit for us to also enter this partnership as a firm.

“Our national sports expertise spans property and construction matters, sponsorship and athlete agreements, brand licensing, commercial contracts, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, reputation management matters, and governance and competition issues. Over the years, we have represented a wide range of sports clients and I’m thrilled to be working more closely with UKCA and enhancing our expertise in this sport.”

Pat Hawkins, CEO/President at UKCA, added: “UKCA is delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with Gateley Plc and have Nick Murrills as independent chair. On behalf of everyone involved in UKCA, we welcome Nick on board and look forward to working with Gateley Plc to support UKCA’s future development plans for the sport.”

Gateley Plc has a wide range of experience within the sports industry and is the exclusive legal services provider for the Sport and Recreation Alliance. The firm is selected by Sport England, Sport Wales and UK Sport to be on the panel of law firms recommended to provide legal services to the national governing bodies of sport and recreation organisations. Clients include Manchester City FC, Everton FC, the National Football Museum, the International Netball Federation and Lancashire County Cricket Club.