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1 Month On: The UKCA & This Girl Can

Last month we were ecstatic to announce The UKCA’s involvement with the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign from Sport England. Well, after announcing our partnership with you all and promoting #ThisGirlCan across our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, we can now show you some of our fantastic This Girl Can images! We are so excited about this initiative & we are loving the responses from so many UKCA members across the UK and Northern Ireland.


This image was shared with us from The Olympus Girls Cheerleading squad as they are hard at training read for the Northern Ireland National Championships on the 28th Feb. Thank you to Kim Gillespie for sharing! We have brought together some of our favourite images that we’ve recently received from members of The UKCA. What do you think of our This Girl Can images? Keep a look out across our Facebook and Twitter for more This Girl Can from The UKCA. So continue to send us images of your teams and you could have your very own This Girl Can poster!


Here are some of our Cheerleaders showing their cheer spirit at a recent course of ours. So if you attending any of our upcoming course be sure to tweet us your photos @UKCheerleading. We can’t wait to hear from you!


We are proud of you! #ThisGirlCan

The UKCA & This Girl Can

The UK Cheerleading Association is proud to announce that we are an Official partner of, This Girl Can. As Cheerleading is a predominantly female sport, we are incredibly excited to be part of this female campaign. The UKCA brings 200,000 girls to the programme, who are already involved with many sports covered by This Girl Can.

The This Girl Can project developed by Sport England, supports female exercise and sporting activities, praising women for their participation, no matter their appearance when doing so. This is an important issue which needs to be addressed as, “Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn’t have to” – This Girl Can.


This Girl Can aims to get women feeling inspired about their involvement in sport & the empowering message presented by This Girl Can is also echoed within The UKCA. “This Girl Can is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.” Modern society and popular culture dictate that women must look their best at all times, but This Girl Can challenges these topics, bringing the issue into mainstream debate.

On their website you can, “Meet the stars of our campaign who are doing what they do, and letting nothing (not even sweat) stand in their way.” Using the hashtag #ThisGirlCan connect with them via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, YouTube, Google+.

If you aren’t already involved then join the movement by heading over to, This Girl

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.

Coaching Bursary

There is a fantastic opportunity for female coaches from GreaterSport and Sport England. The aim of the coaching bursary is to increase the number of qualified female coaches in Greater Manchester. Before 31st March 2014 they aim to help 100 females in Greater Manchester achieve a coaching qualification in their chosen sport.

Females in Greater Manchester who are interested in completing a coaching qualification to enable themselves to work or volunteer at sports clubs as a coach are able to apply. To be eligible to access this bursary the sports club you coach at must be based in: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford or Wigan.

The bursary is available for females to complete a sports qualification, recognised by a National Organisation of the sport, CPD courses and officiating courses. The bursary can fund up to 50% of the coaching course, up to a maximum of £200.

The closing date for applications is 14th March 2014. All successful applicants will be required to register on CoachWeb and undertake ten hours of volunteering once they have completed the coaching qualification. Successful applicants will also be required to complete an ‘End of Grant Form’ in order to evaluate the impact the coaching qualification has had on them as an individual, and their sports club.

For more information and to get your application form, visit the GreaterSport website.