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UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019 – One Week To Go

The UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019 are now just a week away!

The annual showcase of School Cheerleading Squads takes place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester across two days and promises to be another fantastic occasion. Schools from all over the United Kingdom will compete against their peers across various Key Stages and Cheer categories. It’s their chance to show our judges and spectators what they’ve been working on and test themselves at a national level. The competition will begin at 9am on Saturday and Sunday. A full running order has been sent to all coaches.

In addition to the sporting competition, our Gateley Spirit Award and Insure4Sport Spirit Award will also be up for grabs for the Cheer squads who demonstrate exceptional Cheer Spirit throughout each day, so bring your smiles and Cheer loud and proud!

We can’t wait to welcome you all to another UKCA competition.

Get yourself in the mood for this year’s championships with the highlights from the UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2018:

Make sure you’re there to witness all the action next weekend, grab your tickets today:

Squad Feature: Bryn Gwalia Sharks

A school in Mold, Flintshire’s Cheerleading team were recently featured by their local newspaper LeaderLive following success in a local competition.

After Bryn Gwalia Sharks’ Year 5 and 6 Cheerleading teams won their Pom Dance category at Buckley Cheerleading Club’s Cheerfest event at Deeside Leisure Centre, they are now preparing for the UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019.

Maria Kennedy their Cheer Coach said: “Cheerleading promotes good sportsmanship and encouragement of other teams and it is great for building confidence.

“Next, they’re entering the UK Cheerleading Association National Schools’ Championships at the the Manchester Velodrome on June 22 so they’re all practicing.”

We’d like to say a huge well done to Bryn Gwalia Sharks on their fantastic performance at Buckley Cheerleading Club’s Cheerfest event. We are proud of you!

Read the full article about Bryn Gwalia Sharks’ achievement here.

Bryn Gwalia Sharks will be competing along with teams from all over the UK at the UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019. You can catch all of the action LIVE from the stands:

UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships 2019 – Review

Last weekend the UK Cheerleading Association’s 3rd major competition of the year, the UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships 2019, took place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

We saw some top class Cheerleading, Stunt, Partner Stunt, Group Stunt, Cheer Dance, Pom Dance and Urban Cheer performances as well as 2 Mascot Showdowns and a very special performance from Nela Šarić!

Day 1 was opened by Hurricanes who set the standard for the rest of the day’s competition with a superb performance. After an action packed day, Sparklers ended the first day in style before the eagerly anticipated Mascot Showdown. The high standards didn’t drop on Sunday as Horizon Hotshots’ excellent opener led us into the second day of competitive Cheerleading. Before the final Mascot Showdown and Award Ceremony of the weekend, Saturday’s Gateley Spirit Award winners, Wigan Vipers, closed the event with fantastic routine.

We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part in the competition across the weekend and a huge thank you to everybody who made the event possible. As always you made it a weekend to remember! Keep sharing your pictures and selfies with us from the event using #UKCA.

All of the results from the competition can be found below:

Saturday 18th May 2019 – Morning Results

Saturday 18th May 2019 – Afternoon Results

Sunday 18th May 2019 – Results

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

Sunday’s Insure4Sport Spirit Award went to Buckley Cheerleading Club

Check out the UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships Highlights video:

Spectator tickets for our next competition, the UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019, are available for purchase now. Grab yours today and take in all the action at the National Cycling Centre in June.

UKCA Spring Championships 2019 – Road Closures

This weekend the UKCA Spring Cheerleading Championships 2019 take place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Those attending the event on SUNDAY should be aware that there are road closures in the city as part of the Great Manchester Run.

This year’s Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run will take place on Sunday 19th May 2019 and includes the Junior, Mini, 10k and Half Marathon events. We’re celebrating 17 years of our hugely popular running event this year.

Several roads within the city will be affected by the events and road closures and traffic diversion plans will be in operation on the day. We’ll be installing warning notices seven days before the event.

The Mancunian Way and parts of Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road and Alan Turing Way close to the National Cycling Centre are closed until 12:30 for the Half Marathon Route.

Attendees are advised to plan their journey and leave plenty of time to get to the venue.

Please take a look at the following PDF for a full breakdown of road closures in Manchester across the day:

ROAD CLOSURES – Great Manchester Run 2019, Sunday 19th May

UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2019 – Enter now

UKCA’s 4th competition of the year, the National Schools’ Championships, are almost here and there is only a limited time left to enter!

The annual festival of Cheer held in Manchester showcases some of the most talented school Cheer teams from around the UK. After a phenomenal start to 2019 with the NI School’s and Club Championships, the National Championships and what promises to be an amazing Spring Championships the National School’s competition marks the end of domestic competition until December. It’s not one to be missed!

The championships will feature teams from:

Saturday 22nd June:
Sunday 23rd June:

Don’t miss your chance to be part of a special weekend. Entries close on Monday 13th May, a week today!

Summer Courses with UKCA

Along with two of our 5 major competitions coming up this Summer, the UKCA Spring Championships 2019 and the 2019 UKCA National Schools’ Championships, we have a host of exciting training courses for you to get involved in too!

UKCA 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.

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.

Once you have attended a course and it has been satisfactorily completed, you will receive a UKCA Certificate of Qualification. This certificate will allow you to develop your skills in your chosen area and Lead/Coach others.

Here’s what we have coming up this summer:

You can see our full list of training courses coming up this year on the UKCA Course Calendar.

Interested in holding a course yourself? 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.

You can find out more here – Host A Course



Amelia Price is a 12 year old Cheerleader that fell in love with the sport joining Apex.

Amelia isn’t like most other Cheerleaders as she is severely visually impaired with minimal vision on her right eye. She also had brain surgery which lead to problems with balance and coordination. She loves to dance but because of her needs many clubs denied her application. That’s when Apex welcomed her to their cheer family.

Working with her coaches and team mates, Amelia shows her determination and love she has for the sport despite not being able to do all the tricks and stunts. Apex always make her part of the routines and Amelia is looking forward to compete in May showing that cheerleading is sport for everybody.

Join us in giving Amelia and Apex a big “We are proud of you say, we are proud of you”

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Olivia Hall, UKCA coach and athlete from Loud Arts CIC has been selected to teach in USA this summer as part of Camp America.

“We are absolutely delighted that Olivia’s passion and talent has been recognised and we know that she is going to be a huge hit with any American that she coaches.

In addition to this, on her return to Blyth, Northumberland, Olivia will be flying the nest and starting her degree in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Liverpool.

We are so proud of Olivia but this will mean her leaving Loud Arts in early June. However, Olivia will be sending regular updates and checking in on her own Junior A team ‘Thunder’.”

Please join us in giving Olivia a huge ‘We are proud of you, say we are proud of you’.

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