Cheerleading

COVID-19 – UKCA Statement


The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight COVID-19. While no ban has been issuedon public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres, and social venues.

As a result, UKCA advises that all face-to-face activity such as group training sessions, small group training, boot camps, sports clubs events, courses,and social/charity events should be suspended and you should continue to follow government advice.

This decision has been taken in the interests of tutors, learners, coaches, club attendees, and our wider communities. UKCA will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide updates in the coming weeks.

Where possible, we encourage everyone to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

UKCA Courses

All face to face qualification courses planned during March, April, and May have been postponed. Everyone who has booked onto a course will receive an email informing them of the postponement and their ability to defer the booking.

Social Distancing and Advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life. As well as current travel advice, the UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At-Risk Groups

The latest advice from the government’s Chief Medical Adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every person over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues, such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems, are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of Coronavirus.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses, such as cold or flu, should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarised below: 

• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

• always wash your hands when you get home or in to work

• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of Coronavirus

• use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services 

Click here for a list of government guidelines on hygiene.

Thank you for your continued support during this uncertain time.
Many thanks

UKCA Board

UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships 2019 – Enter Now


The competitive Cheerleading season is back and you can get it underway with the UKCA.

On the 7th & 8th December the UK Cheerleading Association’s first championships of the season take place in Manchester – the UKCA Winter Championships 2019.

Over the course of 2 days at Manchester’s Belle Vue Sports Village, we’ll see action from Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer teams from all over the UK in a perfect opening to the new season! Along with plenty of fun and awards too!

Entries close on Monday 28th October 2019 – Less than 3 WEEKS away!

Make sure you’re there to get your 2019/20 season off to a flyer, secure your team’s places today:

Reward your helpers with VolunCheer



We are very proud to announce the launch of our new feature VolunCheer.

VolunCheer is a simple, easy to use time tracking tool for UKCA Volunteers.

After they’ve given their precious free time supporting your club or local community they can log the amount of hours spent volunteering and receive acknowledgement by way of certification.

Every time they update their personal account and the hours committed to Volunteering, they will see the VolunCheer progress bar move across various levels and this will unlock certificates, which can be downloaded.

To get to VolunCheer, visit your UKCA Dashboard

There you’ll have an option like this:

Here you can see your up to date progress:

Click Log Hours to input your volunteering hours.

Here you can add the Date you volunteered, the amount of Hours you volunteered and Activity Information of the volunteering you did.

Once you’ve built up enough volunteering hours you will unlock VolunCheer certificates. The more hours you complete the more certificates you will unlock.

Click Download Certificates to access your certificates

Here you will see the VolunCheer certificates you currently have unlocked:

Click the purple download icon to download your certificate.

VolunCheer is a fantastic way for you and your Volunteers to record and reward the valuable support of this unique Sport.

To find out more about volunteering with UKCA visit the Volunteers section of our website: VOLUNTEERS

UKCA February Newsletter



Today we’re over at the Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference, if you’re here too, come swing by and say hi!

 

Well Done!

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

Click here to read more:

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Enter Now!

 

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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!