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Street Cheer @ Newcastle upon Tyne – THIS SUNDAY



Street Cheer is one of the many exciting areas of Cheerleading. It combines traditional Cheer discipline with Urban Street Dance and makes up an important part of UKCA’s annual competitive events.

Throughout the calendar year we hold a number of specialist Street Cheer training courses. You may have seen the highlights from one of our recent sessions:

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THIS SUNDAY



We have an exciting opportunity on our Street Cheer Basic Skills course in Newcastle upon Tyne this weekend (Sunday 8th October) with places still available.

The course will cover mixed practical and theory including:

Jump Technique
Cheers
Chants
Locking
Freestyle
Floor Work (none weight bearing)
Choreography
Lesson Planning
Health & Safety
An introduction to Street Cheer, covering skills necessary to Coach at a Basic Level in Schools and Community Clubs/Groups

It’s not one to be missed, to book on visit: Street Cheer Basic Skills @ Newcastle upon Tyne

We can’t wait to see you there!

Street Cheer Leadership Course – Highlights


At the start of this month UKCA hosted a fantastic Street Cheer Leadership Course in Newcastle, and all the fun was caught on video!

The one-day course included a mix of practical and theory work, covering areas such as 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 received a Leadership certificate of qualification enabling them to assist their Coaches. Amazing!

Watch the highlights from the course below:

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We’d like to thank UKCA’s Development Coordinator, Anna Melling, for putting the highlights together, we think it gives a fantastic insight on the fun and education to be had on a UKCA Course!

If you are interested in attending a UKCA Street Cheer Course we currently have 3 upcoming dates in our diary:

Street Cheer Basic Skills @ Newcastle upon Tyne – 08/10/2017

Street Cheer Leadership Award @ Newcastle upon Tyne – 10/12/2017

Street Cheer Basic Skills @ Wolverhampton – 23/02/2018

There are, of course, many more courses across the country in various areas of the sport too! Just visit the UKCA Course Diary, find a course, and take the next step on your Cheerleading journey!

Unsure which course that is right for you? You can visit the UKCA Course Finder and Pathway to help inform your next move!

Team UK Cheerleading World Championships November 2017 Japan



We are looking for talented athletes to represent the United Kingdom at the Cheerleading World Championships November 2017 in the following categories:

Juniors

Cheerleading
Cheer Dance
Cheer Dance Doubles
Must have turned 12 on day of competition
Cannot be older than 16 on day of competition

Seniors

Cheerleading
Group Stunt
Partner Stunt
Cheer Dance
Cheer Dance Doubles
Must be over the age of 16 on day of competition

Criteria

Athletes must have competed in a UKCA 2016 competition
Athletes must also commit to compete in a UKCA 2017 competition

Application Process

Online application form plus video
Video showing skills listed – maximum one minute

Click here to submit your entry

Application Deadline Date 31st October 2016

Successful Applicants Announced 30th November 2016

If you have athletes that fit the criteria and would like to be considered for this once in a life time opportunity, please pass on this information.

Team UK Required Skills

Cheerleading
Tumbling – Minimum requirement
Standing back handspring on a non-sprung floor
Tumble pass showing other linked skills
Jumps – Sequence including not less than
Toe touch – Herkie on both legs – Pike
Flyers
Show a number of flexibility skills on the ground
Heel stretch – Scale – Scorpion – Spike

 • Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute
OR

Group Stunt/Partner Stunt
Continuous stunts including different mounts & dismounts

• Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute
OR

Cheer Dance
Kicks – Splits – Leaps – Jumps – Pirouettes – Fouttes

• Video showing skills listed above – maximum one minute

Only one video per athlete can be accepted

Successful Applicants Announced 30th November 2016

September Newsletter



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World Class Stunt Workshop

Thanks to our European friends for sharing your top level knowledge and experience, and helping to educate more than 150 UKCA coaches and athletes at the fabulous stunt workshops over a wonderful weekend.

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We are proud of you!

Longstanding UKCA Volunteers, Karen and Louise Adlam supporting others click here for more information.

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Regular performance opportunities while supporting local teams.

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Futsal – North West
Contact Simon Wright
simon.wright@manchesterfutsal.com

Wheelchair Basketball – Nationwide
Contact Franky Harper
f.harper@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk

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Top Tips from the Judges

Gain invaluable knowledge and understanding about the score sheet by booking onto the Level 1 Judging Course

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Winter Championships Entries Closing Soon

The deadline for entries is 24/10/2016 so don’t miss out!

Click here to enter now

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Team UK 2017

Announcement to be made Monday 10th October, check back with us soon

We can’t wait to see you all at the next event.

Team UKCA.

Courses with UKCA

UKCA courses are a fantastic way to develop your skills and make new friends. We offer extensive training courses for Coaches, Cheerleaders, Judges, Officials, Young Leaders and Volunteers in the disciplines of Cheerleading, Stunting, Tumbling, Street Cheer, Cheer Dance & Pom Dance. Our courses are set up to help anyone of any gender, class, creed, culture, race or physical limitation to progress in the sport and provide a positive channel for health and social education.

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If you are interested in taking a course with UKCA, you’ll find a list of our Courses that will be taking place over the next few months here: https://ukca.org.uk/education/upcoming-courses/

Unsure which course is right for you?

https://ukca.org.uk/education/course-finder/ – Use our Course Finder to find the right course for you. Just follow the steps in the form and a list of your eligible courses will be displayed.

https://ukca.org.uk/education/pathway/ – A brief run down of each course and information on our development courses can be found here.

Remember we love to hear your stories and receive your pictures from our courses and competitions. Keep sharing your experiences with us using #UKCA on Twitter and Instagram.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Team UKCA

A Busy, Inspiring Week


As always there is plenty to talk about at the UKCA. As we continue preparations for the upcoming UKCA Spring Championships in May, we have seen coaching courses and even an inspirational talk from Official UKCA Ambassador Vicky Howarth at a Manchester Community Group.

Earlier this week a group of UKCA Cheerleaders took part in a leadership course in Chorley as part of their development in the sport and we managed to get some pictures of them in action!

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We hope you all had a great time and learnt plenty!

Joining a UKCA course helps Cheerleaders to improve and develop skills in an encouraging environment that helps the next generation of Cheerleaders feel confident and inspired by the sport. If you would like to take the next step on your Cheerleading journey find a course that’s right for you at ukca.org.uk/education/upcoming-courses/.

UKCA Ambassador Vicky Howarth, is someone whose sporting journey has been an inspiration to everyone at the association and recently she shared her story as she gave a very inspiring speech to a community group in Wythenshaw, Manchester. She spoke about how she has overcome her extremely rare condition that causes the degeneration of sight which has led to her becoming a National Champion at the Riding for the Disabled Association National Competition 2015 as well as achieving amazing results in her equestrian career winning over 300 1st place rosettes in National equestrian competitions. In addition to her horse riding achievements Vicky has become a dedicated member of the Cheerleading association and coaches a number of teams in Manchester. UKCA have supported Vicky throughout her journey as a Cheerleader and sportswoman, her commitment at competitions and events is amazing and she also gives others a helping hand.

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After the talk Vicky received this letter thanking her for inspiring talk and wishing her luck for the future. UKCA are extremely proud and privileged to work with Vicky. We are proud of you, say we are proud of you!

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UKCA offers opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. For regular updates about what is happening at the UKCA and a host of opportunities sign up to become a member here https://ukca.org.uk/members/become-a-member/ it only takes 5 minutes.

Enter Our 2016 Competitions NOW



As many of you will have seen on our social media feeds the entries for the 2016 competitions are now open. We’re excited for another year of great competition and we can’t wait to see what you’ve all been working on in 2016.

The 2016 competition dates are as follows:

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NI National Schools & Club Championships 2016 on the 26th & 27th February

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UKCA National Championship 2016 on the 19th & 20th of March

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UKCA Spring Championship 2016 on the 14th & 15th May

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UKCA National Schools’ Championship 2016 on the June 18th & 19th

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UKCA Winter Championship 2016 on 3rd & 4th December

As always we are anticipating lots of entries throughout the year so get your entries in soon to avoid disappointment! More information about each competition can be found via https://ukca.org.uk/upcoming-competitions/.

To help us answer your queries quickly please refer to the orange “Competition” tab at the top of the page for all competition related information before calling. You will find lots of information available on the UKCA website. If you have any questions regarding your entry please contact our admin team at: admin@ukca.org.uk or contact our Technical Committee with any Cheerleading performance related questions at: judging@ukca.org.uk.

The Competition Running Order, Start and Finish times together with a Coach letter supplying all relevant information will be emailed two weeks before the competition date.

We can’t wait to see you all soon!

Team UKCA

Sign up to a Course Today!

Are you looking to expand your Cheerleading skills? You can book on to a course with us and learn plenty of new Cheerleading skills that will come in handy for general practices with your team, when teaching fellow Cheerleaders and in Competitions. Compete at a higher level in our Competitions and receive higher awards for your Cheerleading skills.

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If you are unsure of which route to take then you can take a look at our helpful Coaching Pathway and this will guide you through the options which are available. There are many different aspects to Cheerleading, from Pom Dance and Street Cheer to Cheerleading chants and Coaching tips. There’s lots to learn!

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To keep up to date with our training department you can join our ‘UKCA Resource Group on Facebook’. This group is a fantastic resource for Coaches and Cheerleaders alike. To discuss setting up a Course in your area you can contact Alison Hunt from our training department training@ukca.org.uk or 07471218852. We look forward to seeing you at a course soon!

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We look forward to seeing you at a Course & Competition soon!

Team UKCA.

Make Sure You Enter The Winter Championship!

Have you entered the UKCA Winter Championship yet?

Make sure you submit your entry soon as entries for the Championship close on Friday 30th October 2015 – so don’t miss out! There’s still plenty of time to enter but don’t leave it too late.

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It’s going to be an amazing competition this Winter! The UKCA will be back at the Manchester Velodrome again for an amazing weekend of Cheerleading. We can’t wait to spend 2 days in Manchester watching amazing performances from a range of teams from across the UK. The wide range of categories will allow for all Cheerleading talents and skills to be performed in different ways. Whether you are an expert in Street Cheer or Pom Dance, there will be a time for everyone to perform. Of course we’re looking forward to seeing those Freestyle moves, the improvised performances at UKCA Competitions are always incredible!

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Remember when you want to enter your Club into a UKCA Competition you must first enter all of your Cheerleaders into our online system. To do this you can refer to our ‘How To: Use Our Club Management Tool’ here to guide you with the process. Also after you have completed this section you will need to add them into the Competition, so we have created a ‘How To: Enter A UKCA Competition’ to help you.

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Have a brilliant weekend from all of us here at The UK Cheerleading Association.

We can’t wait to see you at the Winter Championship!

Team UKCA.