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Children in Need 2018

Today is Children in Need 2018! However you are celebrating and raising money have fun!

Children in Need provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.

Children in Need is currently supporting 2,400 projects all across the UK. The projects they fund help children facing a range of disadvantages for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

It’s a wonderful cause!

Don’t forget that you can donate via the BBC Children in Need website:

Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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:

UKCA Newsletter – September 2018

September 2018’s Newsletter including the UKCA Winter Championships, Team UK & a call for coaches!

Winter Championship!

Entry deadline in a few weeks, don’t miss out ENTER NOW!

Team UK 2019 – 106 Applicants

Thank you for taking time to submit your application and Congratulations to athletes who have made it through to the second stage.

Coaches Needed – Manchester

Upcoming Courses

Sport & Recreation Alliance Conference 2018

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Sport and Recreation Alliance Conference 2018

On Tuesday 25th September, Trish and Jeff of UKCA attended the Sport and Recreation Alliance Conference 2018 in London.

The one-day event provided the opportunity to engage with fellow SRA members on a variety of policy issues, ask questions of the Board of Directors, celebrate the successes of the previous year and learn about the Sport and Recreation Alliance‘s future plans. The day consisted of:

Guest Keynote Speakers, Interactive Panel Discussions, the Annual General Meeting – chaired by the SRA President, HRH The Earl of Wessex and the Autumn Divisional Meetings – where members from different divisions could focus on issues relevant to likeminded organisations.

Throughout the day attendees were introduced to two major initiatives:

The #RightToBeActive Petition

SRA‘s #RightToBeActive campaign highlights the dangerous health risks faced by our children through inactivity.

“Sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier.”

To join the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s call for government to give every child the fundamental #RightToBeActive and find out more information visit: #RightToBeActive​ Petition

Do It – Join In

The Do It initiative aims to introduce more volunteers to local sporting clubs.

“Local clubs need you
Right now, 7 out of 10 sport and recreation clubs across the UK need more people to join in.

Without you they wouldn’t be able to continue the invaluable role they play in their local communities in getting the nation active. And we cannot afford to lose the huge benefits that grassroots clubs provide.”

If you want to give back to your local community – Find a volunteering opportunity with Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Join In Opportunity Finder:

It was a fantastic event to be a part of and it’s extremely exciting to meet so many organisations who care as much about getting young people involved in sport as the UK Cheerleading Association do. We also had the opportunity to meet with one of UKCA’s partners Gateley Plc at the event too!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sport and Recreation Alliance for putting on such a positive and informative event. You can find out more about SRA here.

Winter Championships 2018 – Enter Now

After a long summer break it’s nearly that time again, the Winter Championships are upon us!

On Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December the UKCA Winter Cheerleading Championships 2018 will descend on Belle Vue Sports Village for the final weekend of competitive Cheer of the calendar year. Athletes from across the nation will compete across Cheerleading, Group Stunt, Partner Stunt, Pom Dance, Cheer Dance and Urban Cheer categories. Our comperes will guide us through the weekend introducing our performers, hosting fun interludes and of course bringing us the Mascot Showdown!

It promises to be another special UKCA weekend!


We can’t wait to see you all there!

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:

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

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

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

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

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.