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UKCA Dance Challenges – The Winners

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent in their entries for the UKCA Dance Challenges, your routines really impressed the judges!

Over the course of a week, we shared with you a series of dance challenges designed to help keep your Cheer skills sharp and introduce a new focus to your lockdown activity.

The 3 challenges were developed by UKCA’s Mell, Yen, and Sophie. These challenges comprised of two Pom Dance routines and one Urban routine. View them all here.

We had some fantastic entries but 4 routines stood out, here are your winners:

Ebony Gardner of Olympus Girls Club was the winner of UKCA Dance Challenge – Pom Dance 1! Congratulations Ebony!

Cora Evans of Buckley Cheer Club’s entry won Pom Dance 2! Well done Cora, we are proud of you!

Kyla Clarke of Smiths Academy her way to winning the Urban Cheer Challenge! Great work Kyla!

Once again we’d like to say a massive well done to our winners and a very special mention to the Bailey’s of Buckley Cheer Club for their amazing family submission:

We hope you enjoyed taking part in the UKCA Dance Challenges and building some of your own routines at home. Check back soon for some more Cheer Dance fun with us!

Missed the Dance Challenge deadline? All of the Challenges are live on the #StayHomeStaySafe section of our website, along with more activity tutorials for you to follow along with during lockdown. Don’t forget to share your routines using #UKCA!

Mental health Awareness Week: 2 Fantastic Initiatives

The 18th to 24th May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom.

The week is an opportunity for the UK to bring Mental Health Awareness into focus and help break down the stigma around mental health issues. This year’s theme is Kindness.

In a recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation they found that close to two-thirds of people say that when people are kind to them it positively effects their mental health and also said that when they are kind to others it has a positive impact on their mental health.

During the Coronavirus pandemic when we’re stuck in isolation, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our mental health. These two fantastic initiatives announced this week will certainly help to do that for many people across the UK.

UK Coaching

Early this week UK Coaching announced a fantastic initiative revealing that essential mental health training would now be free for the nation’s coaches.

In collaboration with its awarding organisation 1st4sport, and partners Mind, the mental health charity, and Sport England – that the nation’s coaches can access the Mental Health for Sport and Physical Activity online course for free. Find out more.

Para Dance UK

On Wednesday we shared with you on social media that Para Dance UK have created a dance challenge that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire people everywhere.

“While many of us are flexing our muscles getting ready to hop back to normality, many people will remain in isolation for an indefinite period of time. Some people with disabilities in the UK will need to shield themselves against coronavirus for as long as it is required to stay safe, and may be isolated from family and friends, and all the things they hold dear”

The Dance Away Isolation aims to send out a loud message that mental matters. Take part in the Para Dance UK Challenge.

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and initiatives you can get involved in visit

Useful Mental Health Links:




Information: Additional guidance on phased return of sport

Last weekend the government announced that restrictions across England would be eased in particular physical activity suggesting outdoor activity areas would be allowed to re-open from 13th May.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that they are increasing people’s access to outdoor physical activity for the purpose of health and wellbeing.

Outdoor sports courts and other outdoor sporting activities are permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely. You can only exercise alone, with members of your household, or with 1 other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

You must still only exercise in groups of no more than 2 people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.

Personal trainers and coaches can now work with their clients outdoors, as long as they are outside, alone and only meeting with 1 person from outside of their household. They must stay a minimum of 2 metres apart.

Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.

More information on the government’s latest guidance, including advice for personal trainers and coaches, providers of outdoors facilities and elite sport return to training guidance can be found on the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s regularly updated COVID-19 Section.

Useful COVID-19 Links

Regional Coronavirus/Covid-19 Support

Coronavirus FAQ’s for Instructors

Sport England £195m Support Package Announcement

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Latest Government Guidance – Sport & Recreation Alliance

Guidance for the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation –

UKCA Dance Challenge 3

Learn Sophie’s routine, add your own 8 counts, submit your video before the deadline and you could win a prize!

Challenge 3 – Urban routine:

UKCA Dance Challenges: Challenge 3 – Urban! Learn Sophie's routine, add your own 8 counts, submit your video before the deadline on the 17th May and you could win a prize! 🔊 ✨ #UKCA #Cheer #Cheerleading

Posted by UKCA – United Kingdom Cheerleading Association on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Submit your video entry on social media by Sunday 17th May using #UKCA.

UKCA Dance Challenge 2

Learn Yen’s routine, add your own 8 counts, submit your video before the deadline and you could win a prize!

Challenge 2 – Pom Dance 2 routine:

UKCA Dance Challenges: Challenge 2 – Pom Dance 2! Learn Yen's routine, add your own 8 counts, submit your video before the deadline on the 16th May and you could win a prize! 👯 ✨ #UKCA #Cheer #Cheerleading

Posted by UKCA – United Kingdom Cheerleading Association on Monday, May 11, 2020

Submit your video entry on social media by Saturday 16th May using #UKCA.

Challenge 3 will be released soon!

UKCA Dance Challenge 1

Learn Mell’s routine, add your own 8 counts, submit your video before the deadline and you could win a prize!

Challenge 1 – Pom Dance 1 routine:

Introducing UKCA Dance Challenges! Learn the routines, add your own 8 counts and submit your videos before the deadline​👯​ and you could win a prize! #UKCA #Cheer #Cheerleading

Posted by UKCA – United Kingdom Cheerleading Association on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Submit your video entry on social media by Thursday 14th May using #UKCA.

Challenge 2 will be released on Monday!

UKCA Dance Challenges

Introducing the first of 3 UKCA Dance Challenges!

Over the next week we’ll be sharing 3 Dance Challenges designed to help keep your Cheer skills sharp and you active.

Learn the routines, add your own 8 counts, submit your videos before each deadline and you could win a prize or 2 or 3!

UKCA Dance Challenge 1 – Pom Dance 1:

Submit your video entry on social media by Thursday 14th May using #UKCA.

UKCA Dance Challenge 2 – Pom Dance 2:

Submit your video entry on social media by Saturday 16th May using #UKCA.

UKCA Dance Challenge 3 – Urban:

Submit your video entry on social media by Sunday 17th May using #UKCA.


Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom Moore!

Everyone at the UK Cheerleading Association would like to wish Captain Tom Moore a Happy 100th Birthday!

We’ve put this special Cheer together for him and we hope he has a fantastic birthday.

Who is Captain Tom Moore?

Captain Tom Moore is a World War 2 veteran from West Riding of Yorkshire. He served in India and Myanmar. Weeks before his centenary birthday, Captain Tom completed 100 laps of his patio with the hopes of raising £1000 to help the National Health Service (NHS) during the coronavirus crisis. As of today (30th April 2020) his fundraising efforts have raised £30 million! Incredible!

Thank you Captain Tom, we are proud of you!

Regional Coronavirus/Covid-19 Support

Please find below a list of additional resources for those not currently support by just Sport England or additional resources specific to your area.

Staffordshire & Stoke

In response to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, the Community Foundation for Staffordshire has launched an appeal via JustGiving to raise funds that will enable us to support communities that have been severely affected by the pandemic.

Coronavirus FAQ’s for Instructors

As a group exercise instructor, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about your classes and how to continue running your business during this period.

The following aims to cover many of the main questions group exercise instructors will have and provide advice on how best to approach classes.

Can I teach online?

Yes, you can.

Your duty of care will still apply and as you cannot get every participant to fill out a PAR-Q form prior to doing your class, please add a disclaimer that highlights this fact, they the participant still needs to take care.

What do I need to do?

Add the disclaimer to your delivery platform and ensure the participants agree to your statement of care. Let your class participants know that your classes are available now online should they wish to access them.

Is my insurance still valid if I continue to do classes?

On 23/03/2020, the UK Government announced that people will now only leave their houses for essential trips. They will be permitted to leave their house once a day to do exercise, such as walking, running or riding a bike. This does not include indoor or outdoor group exercise classes. No instructor should be leading classes and they can now be fined for doing so.

This can be done via two-way video, one-way video, or pre-recorded material.

Am I covered if a participant has an accident during my online class?

Ask your insurance provider. You should do a thorough health and safety talk at the beginning of the class to ensure everyone is exercising in a safe environment. If your class delivery is not live, then you should have every participant agree to your disclaimer.

I rent a small studio space and my landlord is still pressing me for my rent. What can I do?

The government has announced that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. No business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next 3 months. However, commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent after this period. More details here.

Is financial support available for my small business?

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is a scheme which provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) who are losing money through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme has now been widened so more businesses can access it and will open on Monday 6th April.

The CBILS is operated by British Business Bank through a variety of accredited lenders, including high-street banks. Lenders will be able to approve up to £5 million per business as loans, overdrafts, and/or invoice finance.

Please note: the borrower will remain fully liable for the debt.

To be eligible for the scheme, your business must:

  • Be based in the UK
  • Have an annual turnover which does not exceed £45 million
  • Have a viable borrowing proposal that would be considered by the lender outside of the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • Self-certify that COVID-19 has adversely affected your business

You can find an eligibility checklist here.

For full information and to check eligibility, visit the CBILS page on the British Business Bank website here.

CBILS is not available for self-employed/freelance workers. For those workers, financial support information, via the self-employed income support scheme, can be found on the website here.

If my classes are cancelled, I have no income so how do I pay my bills?

On 26th March, the Chancellor announced the setup of the self-employed income support scheme. The outlines that workers net monthly earnings do not fall below “80 per cent of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three years, or £2500 per month, whichever is lower.” You can find full information on what you’re entitled to on here.

Source of guidance:

All our statements follow the latest advice from the Government, the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Science Officer. Their current advice is to stop all “non-essential” contact to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

There is a duty of care to both your class participants and you to try and not catch or spread the current virus. Your health is just as important as everyone else.

Whilst other statements may be issued from a variety of sources, we strongly advise to follow the official Government suggestions. For up to the minute information please check the coronavirus webpage here.

To be clear, no instructor should currently be teaching any classes other than online.


Symptoms and self-isolation
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Advice from the NHS states:

Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start.

Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days.

Symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

What is self-isolation?

  • Self-isolation is a period where you remain at your house to stop the spread of coronavirus. Advice from the NHS states:
  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
  • ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them
  • sleep alone if possible
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
  • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol, to help with your symptoms

Do not:

  • have visitors
  • do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places.

Where can I get current information?

It is your responsibility to keep yourself up to date with advice on best practice. You can get current guidance from:

How should people pay for the class?

You will need to research which option is best for you. Some options include:

  • Getting money transferred straight into your bank account
  • PayPal
  • Online events platforms, such as Eventbrite

Business expenses

Can I claim Zoom and booking platforms on expenses?

Yes. Any legitimate business expense can be claimed back. This includes your booking platform, Zoom account and other expenses incurred due to coronavirus.