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September Newsletter


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.


We are proud of you!

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


Regular performance opportunities while supporting local teams.


Futsal – North West
Contact Simon Wright

Wheelchair Basketball – Nationwide
Contact Franky Harper


Top Tips from the Judges

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


Winter Championships Entries Closing Soon

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

Click here to enter now


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.

We’ve Added New Courses to Our Diary!

Head over to the upcoming courses area of our website here and discover the new courses we’ve added. Click on a course to see more information about the course itself and the location. We’re continually adding new courses to our calendar throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly for courses in your area. You can also find out what we’re up to on our social media as we will let you know when new courses have been arranged. Follow us on Twitter here and like our Facebook page here to keep up with all of our activities.


Whether you want to develop the Street Cheer side of your skills or your tumbling, there is a course for everyone. We hold courses all across the UK and Northern Ireland, simply check our upcoming courses area to discover the locations. If you aren’t already a UKCA member then you can register to join us & book on a course. You can also use our handy course finder here to narrow your search to your chosen area. If you are struggling to find a course then you can send an email to our team over at training to where you will be able to discuss arranging a course in your desired area.


We can’t wait to hear from you and see you at a Cheerleading course soon!

How To: Use Our Club Management Tool

Welcome to the new UKCA Club Management tools.

Firstly you’ll want to be in your dashboard, click here to go to your dashboard (don’t worry it’ll open in a new window) If you don’t have an account with us you can register here.

Your dashboard will look like this


Click the option “Create a Club/Squad”

You will be taken to this page where you can enter some info about your club/squad.

Create Club 2

Once you click “Submit” your club/squad will be created and you can then add your Teams.

Now from Manage Your Club/ Squad from your dashboard your newly created club will be listed here. Click on manage to add teams, cheerleaders and coaches to the club.

Here you can add as many teams as you want to your club by clicking on Add A Team. It is important to try and add all of your teams, including any competition specific teams.


To add Cheerleaders to your club use our team management tool shown here:

Please note: You can also choose to add coaches to your club here as well.

This is where you can add your cheerleaders to your club/squad and its teams.

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Simply enter the email address, First and Last Name and date of birth. The system will then search for any accounts that match these details and add them to your club.

If they are not in our system, they will be added to your club and emailed (assuming you enter their email address) Welcoming them to the UKCA.

From the Team management tool you will be able to drag and drop the cheerleaders you added, to the the teams that you created previously.

If you need to make any changes to your clubs/squads, teams or cheerleaders there is a “Manage Your Clubs/Squads” option in the dashboard


How To: Enter A Competition

So firstly you need to have created all your clubs & teams and added your cheerleaders to those.

If you aren’t sure how to do this you can follow our guide here

So once you’ve done that you find the competition you wish to enter in our competition diary (Please note the competition entry system is only for official UKCA competition)

Select the competition you wish to enter and scroll down until you see the button as below.

Enter Competition

Once you’ve clicked this you may need to sign in, if you don’t have an account we suggest you register and then use the club management tools mentioned earlier on.

Step 1: Select your club

Select Your Club

Step 2: Enter teams

There are a large number of available categories, simply click to expand the categories then you can drag and drop your teams in.

Enter a Category

Expand the categories

Drop squads in

Step 3: Enter Cheerleaders for Freestyle


Step 4: Review your entry and add helpers and any additional coaches that are attending the competition.

Entry Overview

Step 5: The final stage you will be given the total cost of your entry and details on how to pay.

The UKCA across all Three Home Countries!

UKCA has held courses up and down the country. It’s brilliant to be training so many UKCA members and helping them to improve their skills. Holding courses in England, Scotland and Wales we’re so happy to see so many cheerleaders, coaches and members here in the UK. With plenty of training and education courses across all 3 of the home countries we are very proud to see so many cheerleaders mastering their craft!


All of the courses which we are holding across the entirety of the United Kingdom mean that we are sure to be impressed with the cheer talent at our competitions. With the Northern Ireland National Championships only 1 week away we can’t wait to see all the new skills put into practice! There are many UK Cheerleading competitions which take place throughout the year, we’re also looking forward to the championships in March – how could we forget? Make sure you purchase your tickets for these events (if possible, as some are just available at the venue box office on the day) to ensure you aren’t disappointed!


We love to see all of the supporters in the crowds at our events & competitons, here at The UKCA we have so many wonderful parents & supporters to come along to our events and keep the atmosphere up all day long! See you all soon

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.



The United Kingdom Cheerleading Association (UKCA), home to one of the country’s fastest growing exciting sports and world sport leaders Manchester City Council, have today announced a unique partnership to support the development of Cheerleading in Manchester schools over the next three years and host a range of spectacular Championship events in the city in support of the activity.

Aimed at connecting UKCA’s formidable membership base with Manchester City Council’s world class rage of sport venues and event hosting expertise, the three year partnership will not only create a spectacular and entertaining series of events but will also support the development of this sport through schools and community clubs across the city. With the initial focus on regional and National championship, the event programme will ultimately aim for European and World events.

UKCA Chief Executive Pat Hawkins

‘This exciting partnership will provide countless opportunities for young people to participate in the ‘Sport of Smiles’ at all levels and ultimately, Manchester will become the Centre of Excellence for Cheerleading’

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council said…..

‘We’re really excited at the prospect of working with UKCA to develop not only their grass roots
programmes, but also their major events plans.
Over the past couple of academic years children and young people from Manchester’s schools have been asking for a Cheerleading provision. This partnership will help us deliver what Manchester School Children want and helps the growth of this very popular sport.’

UKCA’s partnership with Northern Ireland Volunteer Agency

UKCA’s partnership with Northern Ireland Volunteer Agency





The UK Cheerleading Association (UKCA) are excited to announce that they are now an ‘Approved Delivery Partner of the GoldMark project’ through Volunteer Now across Northern Ireland.

Gold Mark is a youth volunteer initiative which aims to promote, support and recognise sports volunteering in young people aged 14-24. It is supported by the Department of Education and builds on the successes of Millennium Volunteers.




Volunteer Opportunity

If you want to ‘Get involved and volunteer’ at the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, Volunteer Recruitment is now live.
For further information, go to and register online by 31 October 2012.




Cheerleading in Wales – Spring 2012


Flintshire Festival of Youth Sport is the biggest event running in Wales. It happens once a year and is a mass participation event getting young people involved in sport and physical activity throughout the county. This year was its 6th year of running, Cheerleading has been one of the sports for the last 4 years!

Each year we run courses though UKCA and advertise them through schools and coaches, we fund their course costs in hoping that they will deliver coaching sessions in return to enter the competition on the day of the festival.

This year:

UKCA Level 2 Basic Skills course ran on 24th November 2011.
Attended: 7 Teachers and 4 Coaches

17 primary schools, 4 secondary schools and 2 special schools chose Cheerleading as a sport that they would like to take part in this year.

The new qualified teachers coached their own schools and new coaches and previous coaches qualified from the past years coached other schools. Teachers/coaches were mentored by myself leading up to the festival.

Over 300 children across all 23 schools took part in the coaching sessions that ran 1session per week from January leading up to the Festival.

280 cheerleaders took part and competed on the day of the festival.

What happened next:

All schools were given information of the opportunity to enter the UKCA Spring Championships in June. So far 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools have decided to enter.

Cheerleading sessions are continuing in some primary schools by popular demand! All secondary schools from the festival are continuing in extra curricular cheerleading sessions. With other schools starting cheerleading.

2 new Community Clubs have started following the festival. There are now 4 Community Clubs running in Flintshire. (One club are competing for their 4th year in the Nationals next week!)

Children and young people are attending community clubs following their involvement in the festival.

2 coaches are attending the Level 3 Basic Stunts course in May in hoping to develop their club and schools.

Thousands enjoy Flintshire youth sports festival

WITH just 100 days to go until the opening of the London Olympics, Flintshire held its own youth sporting extravaganza.

Thousands of children braved rain and cold to take part in the sixth and biggest Festival of Youth Sport yet.

Sports including badminton, basketball, netball, golf, girls’ football, athletics, water polo, handball, gymnastics and cricket were held across the county.

Sports Flintshire’s Julie Rice-Williams organised the festival and said a record number of children had taken part.

She said: “It has been a fantastic event and the kids have really enjoyed it.
“The rain hasn’t dampened the spirits and it held off for the opening ceremony, which was amazing.

“It has been a record-breaking year in terms of attendance and the number of sports.”

The opening ceremony was held at Deeside College before participants were transported to other locations to take part in their chosen sports.

The festival, supported by Airbus and Sport Wales, is the largest of its kind for schools in Wales and was held yesterday to mark the 100 day countdown to the London games.

Julie said: “The aim is to reach children who do not traditionally take part in these events. That is why we have included sports like cheerleading and street dance.
“This can give them the focus to carry on doing sport.

“We are also looking at setting up club structures, the festival is just the start.”
Special guests included Wales international Rugby League and North Wales Crusaders player, Christian Roots, and GB Basketball squad member Devan Bailey.

The 6ft 2 in ‘guard’ plays professional basketball for the British Basketball League team Mersey Tigers.

The biggest draw during the festival was the street dance event, which saw more than 700 children take part in a host of competitions at Airbus.

Evie Stones, six, of Whitford CP School, near Holywell, took part in the dance event.
She said: “I have really enjoyed learning about the Olympics. It has been a very exciting day.”

In preparation for the festival, schools in Flintshire had received free coaching for the events they entered.

Original Article in The Leader