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Stretching Guide for Cheerleading

Stretching is an essential part of cheerleading. A good stretching routine can help to minimize muscle imbalances, prevent injury, improve your calisthenic ability and your overall cheerleading performance.


ptssc.net has created a guide to stretching that could be useful to our cheerleaders wanting to practice at home and to coaches looking for exercises for a class or training session.

If practising at home, it is advisable that you check with your parents/coaches first before trying poses yourself. Take it easy with the stretches to begin with. Don’t try new stretches on your own without help, and don’t overdo them. Do what your body can handle; stretches should never hurt.

Follow this link for the stretching guide.

Cheerleading is…

Cheerleading at Manchester Velodrome

Cheerleading is a way of life, shared by a chosen few,
It is working as a unit in everything you do.

Cheerleading is a rivalry, the competition makes you strong,
It is sharing secrets and tears, learning to get along.

Cheerleading is that ongoing drive to be the very best,
It is patience, perseverance, and very little rest.

Cheerleading is having poise and charm with every word you say,
It is total dedication twenty-four hours a day.
It is always being ready with encouragement and a smile,
Cheerleading is your chance to express your individual style.

Cheerleading is reaching out to comfort a sister who is sad,
It is defending each other in good times and the bad.

Cheerleading is a talent to be able to shine on cue,
It is hiding the pain and anguish that if only half the people knew.

Cheerleaders, after all, are real people that sometimes get down
but when they’re in the spotlight, they must never put on a frown.

Cheerleaders are actresses always ready to go,
That is why it’s important for all the world to know.
Not every girl can be a cheerleader, it takes a special kind,
Cheerleaders are full of life and a little bit out of their mind.

Share this with your friends and let them know what it means to be a cheerleader.

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts @Cedars Academy

This half-term Cedars Academy hosted a Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts course. The course is a mixture of practical and theory covering: safe stunt technique, body preparation, choreography, lesson planning and health and safety.

The course is suitable for adults over 18 (or under 18’s in year 9 or above) with the UKCA Cheerleading Basic Skills Certificate.

We received these pictures and messages from the course participants and wanted to share the cheerleaders’ hard work with you all:

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

Katie “Kobika” Cobie: “A massive thank you to Kim and Hannah. Their delivery of the courses was wonderful and the girls have learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

@laurenrosebaker: “Had an awesome 2 days thanks to @UKCheerleading. Great tutors. Great people. :D”

Level 3 Cheerleading Basic Stunts

To check out the courses we have on offer, visit the Course Diary.

Zumbathon This Weekend!

This weekend see’s a huge Zumbathon happening in Stockport. The event is being held to raise money for a great cause, The Francis House Childrens Hospice.

“Zumbathon® Charity Event will bring you the two hottest Zumba® instructors in Manchester, special guests Mauro Beca and Yosha Gilkes, surprises and an exhilarating afternoon of fun, music and dance, and all for a good cause. You don’t want to miss out this year with a show that promises to surprise and excite!

This event is open to everyone regardless of skill or experience – from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals! Watch the guest instructors on stage, follow the moves and let yourself go. Shimmy and shake to a hypnotic and addictive combination of Latin American beats and dance styles such as salsa, samba, merengue, reggaeton, belly dancing and hip hop, fused together to create a high energy party workout.”


If you fancy helping to raise money for this brilliant cause, working up a sweat, getting fit and having lots of fun, then head along!

Venue: Moor Suite – 35 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4PE

Date: Sunday June 9th – 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Tickets: Tickets at the door are £15

Pre Sale Tickets are available for £10 Childrens Tickets (7-13) £5

You can also return your entry fee directly to: Francis House Children’s Hospice Fundraising Office, 390 Parrs Wood Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5NA.

Call – 07756 201 380 or 0161 443 2200 for more details.

Joyce Is Still Cheering at 87!

At 87 years young, Joyce Brannan – a member of the UKCA – still dances every day of the week! Joyce has been part of The Hornettes Cheer Club for 3 years now.


She is here with us at the Velodrome today and will be hitting the floor later on. A very inspiring lady, make sure you cheer extra loud for her!