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Enter the Winter Championship!

It’s the beginning of October and we’re already looking forward to the Winter Championships at the Manchester Velodrome, we can’t wait for another 2 days of Cheerleading! With so many varied categories showcased throughout the weekend, from Pom Dance to Street Cheer there’s lots to be excited about.


The deadline for Competition entries into the Winter Championships is the 30th October 2015, so get your entries in as soon as you can! No matter the level of Cheerleading, Coaching or Training that you’re at there’s a category for everyone to truly excel in. It’s £20 for each competitor to enter the Winter Championships per category. On Saturday the 5th of December the Manchester Velodrome will be bursting with all Cheerleading divisions, categories and levels. Sunday 6th December brings Pom Dance, Cheer Dance, Street Cheer & Freestyle to the Championships! Which day are you looking forward to the most? It’s going to be a truly amazing Cheer weekend.


To enter the Winter Championships you can follow this link here and Sign In to the online UKCA system. To enter a Competition you will need to register your Club and Cheerleaders, we recommend using our ‘How To: Use Our Club Management Tool’ guide to help you along with this process. Next, to enter your Club into the relevant categories you must use our Competition entry system, you can use our ‘How To: Enter a UKCA Competition’ helpful article if you need any further guidance.


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

We are proud of you.



It’s been a busy month here at the UK Cheerleading Association with many courses running throughout the Summer. Keep sending us your Cheer photos across social media using #Summercheer

We’re excited to announce our 2016 Competition dates are:

NI National Schools & Club Championship – February 26th/27th 2016

UKCA Nationals (with European qualifying categories) – March 19th/20th 2016

Spring Championship – May 14th/15th 2016

National Schools Championship – June 18/19th 2016

Winter Championship – December 3rd/4th 2016

Coaches can mark these dates in their diaries! Keep on training to win those trophies – we can’t wait to see you all in 2016!

Next we’d like to congratulate all our newly qualified Coaches who have successfully completed courses this month!

Over the year we hold lots of courses throughout the country which teach a range of different aspects of Cheerleading. Book a course with the UKCA and join us at a class this September!


We would like to wish everyone competing in the 2015 School Games the best of luck! You can keep up with all of the action on Twitter @_SchoolGames #2015SSG.

And finally there is the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships taking place from the 28th August – 6th September in Worcester. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the partnership between the UKCA & British Wheelchair Basketball as our Cheerleaders will be court side supporting the athletes and demonstrating their skills! Find out more about what’s happening on social media @EuroWBchamps15


There are many Cheerleading courses upcoming in September. Our courses are accessible from all over the UK as they’re in a wide range of locations. Come along and develop your skills with us in the North West, Midlands and South West, we can help you build upon Cheerleading, Street Cheer and Leadership Skills!

Click here to book a range of Cheerleading courses and discover what’s best for your skills and your location with our Course Finder and Coaching Pathway.




My Cheerleading Journey

Discover what it’s like to be a Cheerleader by reading Lucy Nester’s inspiring Cheer story here. Lucy is a dedicated member of the UK Cheerleading Association and we thank her for sharing her experiences with us. Learn more about her journey…

“I can remember my first day at Fairway Primary School Cheerleading… I was a skinny 7 year old, ready to try something new.

From the first training session with the amazing coaches, Zoe Woffenden and Melanie Fuller, I knew I was in love with this amazing sport.

Cheerleading took hold of me I was stretching, dancing and stunting at every opportunity

A few years went by, lots of training and dedication later we entered the UKCA School’s Competition at the Velodrome. We won our group and became National Champions.

When I was in year 5 at Primary School, I remember Mrs Woffenden asking me if I could fill in for her High School team, OCS. This was an amazing opportunity.

As I got older I knew the bug for Cheerleading was not going away. I decided to join a club outside of school. I joined LL Extreme coached by Louise Fennel. I had a great time learning different skills and routines and entering many competitions.

A few years later I moved to Sparklers Elite, coached by Emma McIntyre. Here, I started to do stunt groups and different levels of cheer routines. My role within the team is back spot, which I love. It’s not often I come home without bruises, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Sparklers Elite have achieved so much in the past few years. I have taken part in many competitions including UKCA Nationals, ECC 2014 and ECC 2015.

At ECC 2015 in Croatia, we entered the All Girl Level 5 section and an All Girl Level 5 Stunt Group. We gained two 3rd places.

We also entered the Open Championship with the same groups, gaining a 1st place with the All Girl team and a 2nd place with the Stunt Group.

We had an amazing time being with Cheerleaders from other Countries but Cheerleading for me doesn’t stop there.

As I moved up to High School, I decided to go back to Fairway Primary School and help coach the school team. This was the best decision I have ever made and has lead me to complete my Level 1, 2 and 3 UKCA Cheerleading qualifications. I am waiting to do my level 4 when I turn 18.

Cheerleading is a huge part of my life I train up to 3 nights a week and enjoy every minute

I wouldn’t have achieved any of these fantastic things without the coaches that have been there supporting me since 2006 in everything I do. They have been behind me every step of the way, inside and outside Cheer. They are outstanding coaches and deserve all the praise in the world. Thank you for everything Mrs Woffenden and Mrs Fuller, I appreciate everything you do for me and the Fairway Cheerleaders and Louise Fennell and Emma McIntrye for pushing me into the Cheerleader I am today”

Join the UKCA and become a Cheerleader to create your own journey.

Volunteer with the UKCA!

Here at the UKCA we rely on many dedicated volunteers who work together to make all of our events successful. From our Cheerleaders, coaches and teachers to all of our spectators that come along to our many events and competitions to support our members, there are so many volunteers that help us to grow. Even the parents of our members work tirelessly to make sure their children can attend courses and competitions! It’s fantastic to see the support network which surrounds the UK Cheerleading Association.

If you would like to get involved with our activities and become a volunteer then all you need to do is complete the application form by clicking here. By working with us you will also develop yourself and learn lots of new skills.


Simply tell us about any relevant experience you have to Cheerleading, sports and events. Such as, have you volunteered before? What other activities are you involved in? We can then see what previous experience you have, and allocate the best place for you at our events. Along with previous experience we also need details of a relevant person to provide a character reference for yourself. You can find all of the information you need to volunteer with us at the UKCA here.

So volunteer with us and enjoy a great experience whilst learning useful new skills which will help you in many areas. Develop skills surrounding organisation, delegation and most importantly what it’s like to be part of a major sporting event! So what are you waiting for? Click here to find out more. We look forward to seeing you.

Team UKCA.

A Successful National Schools’ Championship 2015!

We had an incredible time at the National Schools’ Championship at the weekend! The Manchester Velodrome is always bursting with Cheer spirit. Thank you to everyone involved from the Cheerleaders, to each and every volunteer. Both days brought an amazing Cheer atmosphere to Manchester. We are proud of you!

A special UKCA congratulations goes out to the winners of the Milano Spirit Award Fairway Cheerleaders and the winners of the Insure4Sport Spirit Award … The Spirit Award is such a fantastic element to our Competitions because it shows the true Cheer Spirit within the UKCA! You can check out all the winners of the Competition by following the link to our results page here. But who can forget the brilliant mascot dance off? There are just so many fun aspects to the ‘Sport of Smiles’.

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This month we’re so excited here at the UKCA to have many Competitions and courses running up and down the Country. We’ve also added many courses to our website, so be sure to click here for course listing and dates.

What else are we excited about here at the UKCA? The European Cheerleading Championships in Zadar, Croatia of course! Many of our British teams and top performers will be representing us in the event which kicks off this weekend! There has been so much preparation and organisation put into the routines, which really shows in the final performance. Coaches, we are proud of you!

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Lastly, congratulations to all of our members who attended the National Schools’ Competition and good luck to all those competing at the European Cheerleading Championships 2015 in Zadar, Croatia. Don’t forget you can follow all the action online using the hashtag #ECC2015ZADAR.

See you at the National Spring Championships!

We are so excited for the National Spring Championships tomorrow! We’re back at the Manchester Velodrome for another one of our fantastic competitions! Be sure to come along as a spectator if you are not competing, as it is a great experience for Cheerleaders and supporters alike.


On Saturday 16th May the competition begins at 9am and the awards ceremony is at 5.30pm, on Sunday 17th may the competition starts at 9am and the awards ceremony is at 4.45pm, these times are subject to change. Here is all the information you need regarding the venue, the Manchester Velodrome. Simply click this link to reveal details about travel, parking and public transport.


Who’s excited? We can’t wait to see you all there for a weekend of Cheerleading, the sport of smiles! No matter which category you are competing in, we wish you all the very best of luck. Let’s go UKCA!

We are proud of you.


We Are Proud Of You!

We’ve had a fantastic week here at The UKCA, we’ve had brilliant news. We are excited to announce that our Ambassador Lauren Quigley has made the British Swimming Team! We are proud of you! It’s fantastic to see her success rise and rise. You can read more information on the British Swimming team here.


We hope everyone has had a lovely week no matter what they’ve been doing, as the sun has been shining! It’s been a fantastic week and hopefully you have all had a great time. Are you ready for our upcoming Championships? We’re looking forward to the West Midlands Cheerleading and Dance Competition at Doug Ellis Sport Centre on the 10th of May, and the Spring Championships 2015 at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th. We are also so excited for our National School’s Competition in June 2015! You can still enter this competition and purchase spectator tickets by clicking here.

You can use our Club Management tool on our website to register Cheerleaders, coaches, and clubs. This system with allow you to manage your members online and you can click here for our How To: Use Our Club Management Tool, if you are still unsure. So if you have any issues then please refer to this page and all will be explained to you this handy step by step guide.


There are so many brilliant and varied categories within our competitions, we can’t wait to see all of the performances and skills that you are all busy practicing to show off at our events very soon. Keep up your training routine!

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.

Last Day for Competition Entries & Job Applications!

There is lots happening here at The UKCA today. Firstly, it is the last day for competition entries into the National Championships of 2015! This competition is our annual event which takes in place March, this year be ready to Cheer your hearts out on Saturday March the 21st & Sunday the 22nd. We can’t wait to see you all at this event. Our competitions create great opportunities for The UKCA members to come together and spend time supporting, cheering & spending time together. We bet you have all met some of your best Cheerleading friends at our competitions.

Head over to this page on our website here to ensure that you don’t miss out on the chance to compete. The deadline for entries is TODAY! Simply, follow the link above and on that web page you will find more information about the event. Also you will find a link which will download the competition entry form for you. So from there all you need to do is fill out the form and email the completed article to us at If you have any queries about the event or competition please see the orange tab on our site which will provide the information for you.


We also have a fantastic job opportunity available here at The UKCA, as the role of Coach and Education Training Manager. The deadline for applications to this position is also today! To be considered for the job you must send your CV along with a short covering letter to So go on, get in contact with us if you think you have the correct skills & attributes to thrive in this role!

We can’t wait to hear from you. Team UKCA.

Cheer Squads & UKCA in the Press

We’ve had a brilliant start to the year here at The UKCA. In last week’s blog we talked through our competition schedule, and how excited we are for the fun we have in place for you all in 2015! With only 1 week into January 2015, our teams are already flying the flag for Cheerleading across the UK. There are some brilliant news articles circulating surrounding Cheerleading, showcasing the great work being done by our coaches and members up and down the Country.


The squad Clarets Cheer and Dance have been featured in the Burnley Express, for their outstanding performance at The Winter Championships in December. You can read the full article which discusses their talents and achievements here.

Another team who made it into their local press is The Firestorm Cheerleaders. The article surrounding them in the Salford Advertiser can be seen here, or in the image sent to us from their coach Sarah Aldcroft. The team are looking for a sponsor, and focusing on growth this year. Head over to their website for how to get involved!

Our great news does not stop there… A coaching position is available! See below for details:

The Basingstoke Wolverines in Hampshire are looking for a Level 3 (or higher) coach to train their team of 24, on Monday & Thursday evenings in Basingstoke. For further details please contact the Program Manager, Michelle Teague at or on 07884655255.

Good luck, Team UKCA.

Keep up with our events throughout the year on our competitions page. You can also check out our courses throughout 2015 here.

We are looking forward to a brilliant year of Cheerleading, competitions and team work! The sport of smiles is here to make 2015 a fantastic year!

The Exeter Cheer Festival 2014!

The Exeter Cheer Festival 2014 was a fantastic way to start November! We had such a great day, it’s brilliant to see so many UKCA members competing across the country. There has been a fantastic response to the event online, especially across social media and we have some of the best comments and discussions featured here.

The anticipation for next year’s event is already growing within the Cheerleading Squads, “Can Not Wait for next year! This Year was such an inspiration! We are back in the gym working hard on all new fun stuff” was shared across Twitter by the Ilfracombe Tornados, keep up with them @ilftornados. With all of their excitement it is no wonder that the Ilfracombe Tornados won the Spirit Award for the second year running – congratulations to them!
In regards of next year’s event there was a very important announcement made by The Exeter Cheer Festival here: “2015 Exeter Cheer Festival will be on Saturday 17th October. For more info email” was sent from their Twitter account, so make sure you follow them @exetercheerfest for all of their upcoming news. More important announcements were made as The Exeter Cheer Festival shared a lovely thank you on Facebook: “Would like to say a huge thank you to all Cheer teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication. Once again, all amazing routines. Safe journey home to all. Hope to see you again next year. Photos to follow shortly. Sara x” – via The Exeter Cheer Festival Facebook page.

The event organiser over at The Exeter Cheer Festival is Sarah Hole, she works extremely hard each year to bring the event together, and what a fantastic job she has done yet again. Working together with Mike Euridge of Exeter Gymnastics Club they bring great atmosphere to Exeter on a yearly basis. Their hope is that the Festival will be included in The City of Exeter “Cultural Programme”.

Many more great comments and images were shared like these from The Exeter Starlites: “Well done to everyone who competed at @exetercheerfest yesterday, we had an amazing day. Look at those trophies!” – Exeter Starlites on Twitter (image via @ExeterStarlites).
The British sportswear manufacturer A Star were in attendance at the event and kindly shared how much fun they had: “Thanks to our club hosts last weekend @exetercheerfest Harriers, @CallywithCentre City of Bristol, all great comps & events #thankyou” Follow A Star on Twitter @astaractive.

Wonderful times were had by coaches and spectators alike as expressed here, “@exetercheerfest After such an amazing time this year!!!! I have this date already in my diary for next!!!!!” – Cheer Coach Emma Shorney had a fabulous time, as she expressed on Twitter @EmmaShorney.

So if you missed out this year, make sure you head to The Exeter Cheer Festival 2015 for a great day of cheering! Even Exeter Council got involved in the online conversation, “@ExeterStarlites @exetercheerfest GO STARLITES! wavespompoms” showing this event successfully brought the Exeter community together! We hope you had fun!

See you all at our next competition The Winter Championships, make sure you book your tickets here!