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UKCA February Newsletter



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Congrats to everyone who took part in our Northern Ireland Championship.

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NI National Schools & Club Championships 2019 – Review



WOW! What an amazing weekend!

Following the Antrim & Newtownabbey Primary School Festival 2019 on Friday the UKCA’s first competition of 2019, the NI National Schools & Club Championships 2019, lit up the Antrim Forum Leisure Centre in Northern Ireland.

The weekend kicked-off with some amazing Cheerleading Level 1 performances that set the tone for the rest of the day. We were treated to some incredible performances in categories including Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance, Urban Cheer and Pom Dance Doubles. The day ended with the all important Mascot Showdown and the Awards Ceremony.

All of the results from the Championships can be found here.

The winners of the Gateley Spirit Award were South Belfast Cheer!

Here are some of the highlights from #UKCA:

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🏆GIANTS CHEERLEADERS 2019 UKCA NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONS🏆 Giants Cheerleaders smashed their second competition of the season at the @theukca Northern Ireland Championships 🤩 All squads became Northern Ireland champions, picking up first place titles in every section they competed in‼️ 🥇 1st Place – Starlitz 💫 Junior A Pom Dance Level 2 🏆 Northern Ireland Champions 🥇 1st Place – Supernova 💥 Junior B Pom Dance Level 2 🏆Northern Ireland Champions 🥇 1st Place – Allstars ✨ Senior Pom Dance Level 2 🏆Northern Ireland Champions 🥇1st Place – Ellie & Megan ⚡️Junior B Pom Dance Doubles 🏆Northern Ireland Champions 🥇 1st Place – Alexandra & Molly 🔥 Senior Pom Dance Doubles 🏆 Northern Ireland Champions Thank you @theukca What an amazing competition! A massive thank you to all our cheer Mums, Dads, friends and family for all the support ♥️ Congratulations! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!! #oneteamonedream #smashedit #weareproudofyou

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We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part and a massive thank you to our judges, volunteers and organisers who made the special day possible. Now we look ahead to our first competition of the year in Manchester the UKCA National Cheerleading Championships 2019.

We can’t wait to see you all there for another weekend to remember!

Courses in Wolverhampton this February



UKCA offers an extensive range of Training Courses 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.

Whether starting from scratch, or looking to improve your existing skills, the UKCA can help as courses delivered cover Cheerleading, Urban Cheer, Tumbling, Leadership, Judging, Event Officials, Volunteering, Safeguarding, Sports Injuries, Psychology and Lifestyles.

Between the 18th – 21st February 2019 the UK Cheerleading Association will be holding 4 courses in Wolverhampton covering different areas of the sport.

The first of the courses is a Leadership Award covering Health & Safety, Communication, Motivation, Team Building and Leadership Skills necessary to assist the delivery of Cheerleading activities under the guidance of a Qualified Coach. Successful participants will receive a Leadership certificate of qualification enabling them to assist their Coaches. To find out more about the course click here.

A Foundation Cheerleading Skills follows on Tuesday 19th February. The predominantly practical course supported by theoretical understanding covers: Coaching Skills, Lesson Planning & Session Structure, Health & Safety, Warm Up, Stretch & Cool Down Activities, Cheerleading Vocal Skills, Cheer Arm Motions, Cheer Jump Technique and Choreography. Successful participants demonstrating an active understanding of the course will receive a Foundation Cheerleading Skills Certificate of Qualification. Find out more about this course here.

Wednesday 20th’s course is a Foundation Stunt Skills course where participants will cover Stunt technique up to and including 2 Layers & 2 High, Proper Stunt Progressions, Coaching Skills, Lesson Planning & Session Structure, Health & Safety, Warm Up, Stretch & Cool Down Activities, Body Preparation & Strength Training and Choreography. Successful participants demonstrating an active understanding of the course content will receive a Foundation Stunt Skills Certificate of Qualification. To book and find out more click here.

The final course of the week in Wolverhampton is our Foundation Tumbling Skills course on Thursday 21st February. The introduction to Tumbling for Cheerleaders is a predominantly practical course supported by theoretical understanding and incorporates: Coaching Skills, Lesson Planning & Session Structure, Health & Safety, Warm Up, Stretch & Cool Down Activities, Body Preparation, Forward Rolls, Backward Rolls, Handstands, Cartwheels and Round-Offs. To find out more and to book a place on this course visit the course event page here.

You can book onto any of these courses and more throughout the year by visiting our Upcoming Course page.

If you are unsure about which course will be right for you, use the handy UKCA Course Finder and our Education Pathway to help you.

UKCA Winter Championships 2018



We’ve had some incredible feedback from so many of you telling us how much you loved this year’s UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships!

It’s the first time the competition has been held at Belle Vue Sports Village and what an atmosphere you all helped to create. We’d like to once again say a HUGE THANK YOU to everybody who made it such a successful event.

The highlights from the final competition of 2018 are now live on the Videos section of our website along with all of the highlights from our other recent competitions.

We can’t wait to see you all for more Cheer fun in 2019!

UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships 2018 – Review



This weekend the UKCA Winter Championships 2018 took place for the first time at Belle Vue Sports Village, showcasing some of the finest Cheer talent in the country.

The final competition of 2018 saw Cheer athletes competed across Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer categories, followed each day by the customary Mascot Showdown!

Buckley Cheerleading Club lit up the venue with a sparkling opening performance to the competition. We were lead through the morning by Cheerleading and Group Stunt teams before the first of THREE Awards Ceremonies that would take place over the weekend. The afternoon of Day 1 saw another batch of fantastic Cheerleading, Group Stunt and Partner Stunt teams proving their talent to the judges before the day’s Mascot Showdown and our second Awards Ceremony.

Day 2 began with Flux Dance Academy as we were treated to a morning of first-class Pom Dance routines followed by an incredible afternoon of Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer performances. Sunday’s Mascot Showdown soon followed and we ended the day with our third and final Awards Ceremony.

As always at UKCA competitions, the standards on display from the Cheer athletes were exceptionally high, making it a magnificent weekend for both spectators and judges.

All of the results from the weekend can be found at:
Saturday Morning Results
Saturday Afternoon Results
Sunday Results.

Saturday’s winners of the Gateley Spirit Award were Wigan Vipers.


And Sunday’s winners of the Insure4Sport Spirit Award were Smiths Academy!



We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our organisers, staff, volunteers and stewards who made sure the event ran smoothly, our spectators who created an amazing atmosphere and our hosts for guiding us through a fun filled weekend!

Check out some of the highlights from social media:

Stay tuned for our official highlights video coming soon!

Well done to everyone who took part, you smashed it. We can’t wait to see you in 2019. We are proud of you!

Congratulations to all our newly qualified coaches


This week UKCA hosted 4 courses at Cedar’s Academy giving prospective Cheer coaches valuable training and insight that will take them to the next stage on their Cheerleading pathway.

The week started with a Leadership Award on Monday followed by a Foundation Cheerleading Skills Course on Tuesday. Wednesday’s course was Foundation Stunt Skills and we ended the week of successful training with a Foundation Tumbling Skills course on Thursday.

Including our Foundation Stunt Skills course on Saturday in Macclesfield, we have celebrated 56 new UKCA qualifications in 3 key areas in less than a week. Amazing!

Here are some highlights from the Foundation Cheerleading Course on Tuesday:

We’d like to say a huge well done to all of our newly qualified coaches! It’s fantastic to see so many talented Cheer coaches qualifying in their chosen area who will one day be training the Cheer athletes of the future.

Feel inspired by our newly certified coaches? Book on to one of our upcoming training courses and take the next step on your Cheerleading journey:

5 Courses in 6 Days – Book Your Place



Over half-term UKCA have 5 fantastic training opportunities in the space of just 6 days and there is still places available for you to get involved.

UKCA offers extensive training courses for Coaches, Cheerleaders, Judges, Officials, Young Leaders and Volunteers in the disciplines of Cheerleading, Stunting, Tumbling, Urban Cheer, Cheer Dance & Pom Dance. We aim to provide a positive channel for health and social education to all through Cheerleading regardless of gender, class, creed, culture, race or physical limitations. Our coaching pathway gives the Cheer athletes of the future a head start in the sport.

Check out the courses below and take the next step on your Cheerleading journey with UKCA:

Team UK 2019 Update


Team UK 2019
Cheerleading World Championships
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November

We are looking for talented athletes to represent the United Kingdom at the Cheerleading World Championships on the 23rd & 24th November 2019, in the following categories:

Juniors
Cheerleading
Cheer Dance
Urban Cheer
Must be 12yrs or over on day of competition – cannot be 16yrs

Seniors
Cheerleading
Cheer Dance
Urban Cheer
Must be 16yrs or over on day of competition – no upper limit

Criteria
Athletes must have competed in a UKCA 2018 competition
Athletes must also commit to compete in a UKCA 2019 competition

Training
Training Dates: Team UK will commence in January 2019. Training sessions will be held once a month. There will be no Team UK training in the month of August 2019.
Dates and locations to be confirmed once Team UK has been selected

Cost
The estimated costs will be approximately £1200. This will include, but not be limited to, training sessions for 11 months, flights, accommodation, transfers, training kits, Team UK Tracksuits, Team UK competition uniforms and bows. Successful athletes and dancers will pay a deposit of £250 in November 2018. This is non-refundable and will go towards their final balance.

Application Process
First Stage: Video Application – Video application deadline date: 14th September 2018
Successful applicants for the second stage will be announced by 1st October 2018

Second Stage: Successful applicants will be invited to training days on 13th and/or 14th October 2018
Location: Macclesfield
Successful applicants for TEAM UK 2019 will be announced by 1st December 2018

How to apply
Athletes should demonstrate the required skills in a video no longer than 90 seconds. If applying for a position on the Cheerleading team, ensure that the athlete lets us know which athlete they are and what they are wearing on the application form.

Urban Cheer This Autumn



Earlier this year UKCA announced our brand new Urban Cheer Qualification.

Urban Cheer has been brought in to replace Street Cheer and has some slight updates from its previous model. To find out more information, check out the video below:


Urban Cheer Online Conversion Course!

As you will have seen on our social media feeds in recent weeks, we have a Urban Cheer Conversion Course that covers all the changes and new rules taking you from Street Cheer to Urban Cheer. The online course is available in the UKCA Member Dashboard to all qualified Street Cheer coaches. Take the course today.

This autumn is your chance to take our brand new Urban Cheer courses:

If you have a Street Cheer qualification you can attend our Urban Cheer Course at the end of September for just £30!