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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!

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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!

NI National Schools & Club Championships 2018


The first UKCA competition of 2018 is right around the corner and it could be your chance to start the Cheerleading year in style!

First of all we’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

We hope you all had an amazing festive season and rested yourselves after rounding off 2017 with a bang at the UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships! Don’t get too comfy though, the first UKCA competition of 2018 is upon us and entries close very soon!

NI National Schools & Club Championships 2018

The annual NI National Schools & Club Championships 2018 takes place on Saturday 24th February at the Antrim Forum Leisure Centre. The competition will cover Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance, Street Cheer & Freestyle and Pom Dance Doubles categories. As always it promises to be a fantastic event!

Entries cost just £10.00

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the first UKCA competition of 2018!

Click here to enter.

We can’t wait to see you there!

UKCA Competition Highlights 2017 so far…

After an immensely successful Spring and Summer of UKCA Cheer that finished with Team UK achieving their best EVER ECC results at the European Cheerleading Championships 2017 in Zadar, Croatia, we wanted to share all of the highlights from the year so far all in one place!

The season started with the UKCA National Cheerleading Championships 2017:

Followed swiftly by the UKCA Northern Ireland National Championships 2017:

After a blistering start to the Cheerleading season we returned to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for the UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships 2017:

Our final competition at the Manchester Velodrome before the European Cheerleading Championships 2017 was the UKCA National Schools’ Cheerleading Championships 2017:

It’s been a fantastic year so far, don’t forget to keep sharing your memories and throwbacks to all of the comps using #UKCA for a chance to get featured on our official social channels!

***READ ABOUT TEAM UK’S AMAZING ECC 2017 RESULTS!****

UKCA competitions give you the chance to compete against some of the best Cheerleading teams in the country, if you would like to enter this year’s final competition, the UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships 2017, in December visit http://ukca.org.uk/about-our-competitions/ now!

Take a look at the highlights from the UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships 2016 here:

We’d like to say a huge well done and thank you to all of the athletes and coaches who have competed with UKCA so far this year, we can’t wait to see you all in December!

Team UK Cheerleading World Championships November 2017 Japan



We are looking for talented athletes to represent the United Kingdom at the Cheerleading World Championships November 2017 in the following categories:

Juniors

Cheerleading
Cheer Dance
Cheer Dance Doubles
Must have turned 12 on day of competition
Cannot be older than 16 on day of competition

Seniors

Cheerleading
Group Stunt
Partner Stunt
Cheer Dance
Cheer Dance Doubles
Must be over the age of 16 on day of competition

Criteria

Athletes must have competed in a UKCA 2016 competition
Athletes must also commit to compete in a UKCA 2017 competition

Application Process

Online application form plus video
Video showing skills listed – maximum one minute

Click here to submit your entry

Application Deadline Date 31st October 2016

Successful Applicants Announced 30th November 2016

If you have athletes that fit the criteria and would like to be considered for this once in a life time opportunity, please pass on this information.

Team UK Required Skills

Cheerleading
Tumbling – Minimum requirement
Standing back handspring on a non-sprung floor
Tumble pass showing other linked skills
Jumps – Sequence including not less than
Toe touch – Herkie on both legs – Pike
Flyers
Show a number of flexibility skills on the ground
Heel stretch – Scale – Scorpion – Spike

 • Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute
OR

Group Stunt/Partner Stunt
Continuous stunts including different mounts & dismounts

• Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute
OR

Cheer Dance
Kicks – Splits – Leaps – Jumps – Pirouettes – Fouttes

• Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute

Only one video per athlete can be accepted

Successful Applicants Announced 30th November 2016

September Newsletter



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World Class Stunt Workshop

Thanks to our European friends for sharing your top level knowledge and experience, and helping to educate more than 150 UKCA coaches and athletes at the fabulous stunt workshops over a wonderful weekend.

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We are proud of you!

Longstanding UKCA Volunteers, Karen and Louise Adlam supporting others click here for more information.

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Regular performance opportunities while supporting local teams.

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Futsal – North West
Contact Simon Wright
simon.wright@manchesterfutsal.com

Wheelchair Basketball – Nationwide
Contact Franky Harper
f.harper@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk

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Top Tips from the Judges

Gain invaluable knowledge and understanding about the score sheet by booking onto the Level 1 Judging Course

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Winter Championships Entries Closing Soon

The deadline for entries is 24/10/2016 so don’t miss out!

Click here to enter now

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Team UK 2017

Announcement to be made Monday 10th October, check back with us soon

We can’t wait to see you all at the next event.

Team UKCA.

Northern Ireland Championships 2016

This weekend brought round the first official UKCA Championships of 2016 and what a weekend it was! As expected the weekend kicked off in typical UKCA fashion with lots of infectious cheering and dancing.

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The weekend saw routines from Tiny Teenies, Teenies, Junior and Senior Cheerleaders in both Cheerleading and Stunting categories, Cheer Dance routines, Street Cheer performances, Pom Dance and of course the Freestylers! As always the standard was very high and the level of support from everybody over the weekend was exceptional.

We love seeing our competitors supporting each other throughout the Championships, after all that is what it’s all about, having fun and making friends through the Sport. Congratulations to this years winners of the Milano Spirit Award their unwavering positivity throughout the comp and their unmissable cheer spirit was felt everywhere! We are proud of you, say we are proud of you!

UKCA would like to thank everybody who was involved in the event including competitors, coaches who prepare our teams, parents who give their support, our wonderful volunteers and judges. These competitions show us your progress and reinforce that Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

You can find the official results from the Northern Ireland Championships 2016 by clicking here:

Now we look forward to the UKCA National Cheerleading Championships 2016 on the 19th and 20th March and Manchester Velodrome. We can’t wait to see you all for another fantastic competition!

Team UKCA.

How To: Use Our Club Management Tool

Welcome to the new UKCA Club Management tools.

Firstly you’ll want to be in your dashboard, click here to go to your dashboard (don’t worry it’ll open in a new window) If you don’t have an account with us you can register here.

Your dashboard will look like this

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Click the option “Create a Club/Squad”

You will be taken to this page where you can enter some info about your club/squad.

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Once you click “Submit” your club/squad will be created and you can then add your Teams.

Now from Manage Your Club/ Squad from your dashboard your newly created club will be listed here. Click on manage to add teams, cheerleaders and coaches to the club.

Here you can add as many teams as you want to your club by clicking on Add A Team. It is important to try and add all of your teams, including any competition specific teams.

REMEMBER A CHEERLEADER CAN BE IN MORE THAN ONE TEAM & THIS IS TO MAKE COMPETITION ENTRY AS EASY AS POSSIBLE

To add Cheerleaders to your club use our team management tool shown here:

Please note: You can also choose to add coaches to your club here as well.

This is where you can add your cheerleaders to your club/squad and its teams.

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Simply enter the email address, First and Last Name and date of birth. The system will then search for any accounts that match these details and add them to your club.

If they are not in our system, they will be added to your club and emailed (assuming you enter their email address) Welcoming them to the UKCA.

From the Team management tool you will be able to drag and drop the cheerleaders you added, to the the teams that you created previously.

If you need to make any changes to your clubs/squads, teams or cheerleaders there is a “Manage Your Clubs/Squads” option in the dashboard

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How To: Enter A Competition

So firstly you need to have created all your clubs & teams and added your cheerleaders to those.

If you aren’t sure how to do this you can follow our guide here

So once you’ve done that you find the competition you wish to enter in our competition diary (Please note the competition entry system is only for official UKCA competition)

Select the competition you wish to enter and scroll down until you see the button as below.

Enter Competition

Once you’ve clicked this you may need to sign in, if you don’t have an account we suggest you register and then use the club management tools mentioned earlier on.

Step 1: Select your club

Select Your Club

Step 2: Enter teams

There are a large number of available categories, simply click to expand the categories then you can drag and drop your teams in.

Enter a Category

Expand the categories

Drop squads in

Step 3: Enter Cheerleaders for Freestyle

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Step 4: Review your entry and add helpers and any additional coaches that are attending the competition.

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Step 5: The final stage you will be given the total cost of your entry and details on how to pay.

The UKCA is in Northern Ireland this weekend!

Today we are all systems go at the Antrim Forum in Northern Ireland for the Antrim Primary Schools Festival! This event is happening throughout the whole of today, we can’t wait to see all of the cheerleaders, coaches and supporters at the event. This event is an important date in the calendar for us here at The UKCA. The majority of our cheerleaders are based in England so it can be difficult for us to arrange large events of this scale in the area of Northern Ireland. However, we do ensure that we have events which run there throughout the year, so this Festival is a wonderful experience for us to get our young cheerers together and have a fun filled day.

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Due to our lack of high numbers of UKCA members within Northern Ireland we recommend that if you want to run a course or complete more UKCA events & educational based programmes, that you set up a course in your area. This is a great chance for experienced coaches and members to up their skills and take on the challenge of running a UKCA course themselves. It’s brilliant to be in control of your own training and you will be able to create a fantastic cheer community in your area. Please find all of the information for setting up a club or hosting a course in your area here.

We can’t wait for all of our events in Northern Ireland and will be adding as many events in that area as we can.

We are proud of you! Team UKCA.

The UKCA across all Three Home Countries!

UKCA has held courses up and down the country. It’s brilliant to be training so many UKCA members and helping them to improve their skills. Holding courses in England, Scotland and Wales we’re so happy to see so many cheerleaders, coaches and members here in the UK. With plenty of training and education courses across all 3 of the home countries we are very proud to see so many cheerleaders mastering their craft!

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All of the courses which we are holding across the entirety of the United Kingdom mean that we are sure to be impressed with the cheer talent at our competitions. With the Northern Ireland National Championships only 1 week away we can’t wait to see all the new skills put into practice! There are many UK Cheerleading competitions which take place throughout the year, we’re also looking forward to the championships in March – how could we forget? Make sure you purchase your tickets for these events (if possible, as some are just available at the venue box office on the day) to ensure you aren’t disappointed!

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We love to see all of the supporters in the crowds at our events & competitons, here at The UKCA we have so many wonderful parents & supporters to come along to our events and keep the atmosphere up all day long! See you all soon

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.

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