That was the question the Sutton Tornados were invited to answer at BBC 5 live’s Sporting Day Out at Liverpool John Moores University on Thursday 31st May.
The cheer team joined 100 young people from Merseyside sports clubs, charity groups and schools to take part in fitness, sport and broadcasting activities, including dodgeball and a spot of TV presenting.
The day culminated in a debate exploring the empowerment of sport hosted by Olympic swimming bronze medallist and 5 live broadcaster Steve Parry, and featured a panel including former Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington and Team GB Taekwondo star Martin Stamper.
The cheer team had the opportunity to discuss the benefits of cheerleading. This included how it empowers young people by bringing back 90% of females that drop out of school sport. As well as it being accepted, beyond its GCSE and A-level status, as a sport.