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Euro Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships are 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 & Cheering their hearts out!

The competition has begun and with 73 scheduled games over ten days of the Championships, so there is lots to look forward to and keep up with. You can follow all of the action with them on Twitter @EuroWBchamps15 and Like them on Facebook.

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Both men’s and women’s teams will be playing and competing each day. First of all each nation will pay against each other, then a semi finals round will be played followed by a final game. The top nations will then go on to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics! This is a great opportunity to watch amazing talent at a great venue, The University of Worcester Arena. We can’t wait to see the events and games unfold!

We wish the best of luck to the teams, and hope you all enjoy our Cheerleaders support throughout the event!

Image via @EuroWBchamps15

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.


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.




Practice your #Summercheer!

Here at the UKCA we want to see our members busy practicing their Cheerleading skills throughout the Summer, even though it’s not Competition time just yet. But, that doesn’t stop us from practising our moves, stunts and chants! It’s great to use the Summertime to practice your skills and even create new routines for when we’re ready to hit the floor again! Send us your Cheer practice photos on Twitter using the hashtag #Summercheer, and we will be able to feature you in our blogs and across our social media.

We’ve already seen that there has been lots of Cheer spirit spreading throughout the Summer, from teams such as Maximum Cheer! They sent us a photo of one of their young members Charlie busy stunting at his local nursery supporting their 26th birthday! Well done Charlie.


We want to see lots more images of you all busy practising your Cheerleading this Summer! We’re looking forward to our courses taking place next weekend at the City of Preston Gymnastics Club and at the Clarets Cheerleading and Dance Club. It will be great to see more UKCA young leaders qualify in just one weekend!

So remember to use the hashtag #Summercheer!

We are proud of you!


This Week at The UKCA

We hope you’re all enjoying the Summertime, it’s a great chance to practice your Cheerleading routines whilst soaking up the sunshine.

Latest News

We’re honoured that the UKCA Cheerleading teams who competed at the European Cheerleading Championship in Zadar, Croatia 2015 brought home 28 trophies! That’s 13 Gold, 7 Silver and 8 Bronze titles, an amazing result that each and every member of the UKCA should be proud of.

Exciting Next Steps…

We’d also like to reveal that Athletes from Kobika Starlites, Maximum Cheer, Sparklers Elite & Trailblazers will form Team UK, who will compete in the Cheerleading World Championships on the 21st & 22nd November 2015.

Find out more about the World Championships here.

Discover what it’s like to be a Cheerleader with the UKCA by reading Lucy Nester’s inspiring story HERE.

We’re proud to announce that one of our volunteers Victoria Howarth has been crowned the National Champion in the RDA Nationals. We have been supporting Vicky’s journey from the beginning and it’s great to see her one step closer to Rio 2016! Follow Vicky on twitter and keep up with her story @vickyduster


We’d like to wish UKCA Ambassador Lauren Quigley the best of luck as she competes for Great Britain in the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Follow Lauren on twitter and check out the hashtag #Kazan2015 to keep up with her progress. @laurenaquigley

Upcoming Events

There’s lots to shout about at the UKCA this August as we have many Cheerleading courses taking place across the country!

Check out our Upcoming Courses Page to discover how to book and join us to build up a wide range of Cheerleading skills and experience.

Our Coaching Pathway will help guide you on your Cheerleading journey. Use our Course Finder to discover the right course for you.

We can’t wait to see you at a course soon!


UKCA & British Wheelchair Basketball Join Forces

Whether you were at the European Cheerleading Championship in Zadar, or supporting from home, we hope everyone had a great weekend!

Here at the UK Cheerleading Association we are thrilled to announce our exciting partnership with British Wheelchair Basketball. This means Cheerleaders from the UKCA will now be performing at many of the British Wheelchair Basketball’s upcoming events. Our squads along with the routines performed at games will support the basketball teams during matches, as well as enhance the courtside atmosphere with Cheer spirit!

The UKCA President Pat Hawkins expressed her delight by saying, “On behalf of UKCA’s network of Cheerleaders across the country, we are delighted to be working with British Wheelchair Basketball. Both Cheerleading and Wheelchair Basketball are energetic, exciting and fast moving team sports. There are going to be many ways for us to work together, and there is no doubt that today’s agreement marks the start of an exciting and long lasting partnership.”

This partnership will bring about so many fantastic opportunities for all those involved with both organisations. Malcolm Tarkenter, Chairman of British Wheelchair Basketball said: “With just 63 days until the first game of the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Worcester, this is a very exciting time for our sport both within the UK and worldwide. Our partnership with the UK Cheerleading Association will enable BWB and our clubs to continue to drive forwards, offering spectators a fantastic experience – we are very excited about welcoming the UKCA cheerleading family into our clubs and our regional, national, and international events.” Find out more from British Wheelchair Basketball here.

Don’t forget to check out our news page here to find out more about our activities & upcoming events. Be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter to keep up with all of the UKCA action.

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.

1 Day til the National Schools’ Championship!

There’s only 1 day left until the National Schools’ Championship hits the Manchester Velodrome for 2 days of high energy Cheerleading! We can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow, we wish all the very best of luck to all of the teams and Cheerleaders.


If you are a spectator looking forward to the Competition, then we can assure you that this is going to be an incredible event! Show your support for all the teams and let’s maintain a high energy atmosphere throughout the weekend. The UKCA spectators and supporters are always ready to cheer, cheer and cheer as much as the Cheerleaders themselves! We wonder what banners & costumes they will bring with them tomorrow?

Be sure to look out for our media team who will be posting on the UKCA Instagram account throughout the weekend. Keep your tweets coming in too! You can follow and tag us @UKCheerleading on twitter, also use the hashtags #UKCA and #ThisGirlCan. This means we will be able to pick up your tweets, take a look at your pictures and see what you’re all enjoying. We’ll be retweeting your news and talking to you across the weekend! Like us on Facebook here & follow us on twitter here to keep up with more of our competition news.


We’d also like to welcome back all of the teams who have previously competed with us, but if this is your first competition then welcome! It will be amazing to see all of the teams in Manchester for another incredible UKCA competition.

We are proud of you!


Join a Tumbling Course Today

Performing tumbling skills is a great way to add flair and excitement to your routines. From basic to advanced, the tumbling skills required for your Cheerleading squads to excel in competitions vary from squad to squad, but attending one of our tumbling courses is a great boost.

Our courses range from basic tumbling, intermediate tumbling and advanced tumbling. These courses cover moves like forward rolls, backward rolls, handstands, walkovers, cartwheels and round off skills.


Learning all the different skills in association with Cheerleading is important in helping you progress and grow. Especially when it comes to leadership, as these courses will help you to gain confidence and be able lead a team in the future.

For updates and information on our upcoming courses you can follow us on our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook. And if you are interested in booking one of our tumbling courses you can contact us for further details.

Come along to our course this Sunday the 14th of June to build on your mixed practical and theory where we will be running a Level 1 Cheerleading Leadership Award at King’s School in Macclesfield.

Our courses cover mixed practical and theory aspects such as, communication, motivation, team-building and health & safety.

We hope to see you at our course this Sunday!

We are proud of you.

Team UKCA.

Spring Championships Review

We enjoyed another thrilling and high energy competition last weekend at the UKCA Spring National Championship. There were many different levels of Cheerleaders competing throughout the weekend, such as those skilled in Group Stunt, Pom Dance and Street Cheer. The outstanding performances from all our members was extraordinary – we are proud of you! Thank you to everyone who came along and joined the, ‘Sport of Smiles’. The interaction we received across social media was phenomenal, thank you to everyone who shared and tweeted us, we are still seeing truly spectacular fan photos coming in!

There were also many squads who enjoyed their first competition at the weekend, one of which being the University of Manchester Cheerleaders who went home with a 2nd place award in the Level 1 Stunt category. It’s incredible to see teams such as the University of Manchester Cheerleaders win such high level awards, when they only began Cheerleading last semester. As they shared across social media it’s, “Proof hard work pays off and its never too late to try something new! #thisgirlcan” We agree! You can find our more about the University of Manchester Cheerleaders here.

We would like to give a special thank you to all of our volunteers who worked across the weekend with us, ensuring the Spring Competition flowed smoothly. Whether you worked across the event, at the uniform check station or back stage at the warm up area, you all contributed to a successful UKCA Competition so thank you! It’s also important to acknowledge the volunteers from Breakthrough UK who were remarkable across the weekend. We are proud of you, say we are proud of you! Good job!

Here is a peak at the fun we shared across Twitter using the hashtags #UKCA and #ThisGirlCan from Cheerleaders, spectators, our very own UKCA Ambassador Lauren Quigley and even the comperes!


Rayz All-Stars: @RayzAllStars – “@ali_MCA_mascot and Spirit at the @UKCheerleading Spring Nationals this weekend”


Simon Wood: @k17box – “First competition, great dancers, great atmosphere @DAZL_Leeds @UKCheerleading”


Leeds Dynamite: @DYNAMITELEEDS – “Well done to Lauren & dancers Leah & Bobbijo this weekend. Very proud of u! & Thank u to @UKCheerleading for having us”

Another big UKCA congratulations goes out to the winners of the Spirit Awards over the weekend, these were Rayz Allstars who took home the Milano Spirit Award on Saturday 16th May, and there was a joint award for Hearts and BCC on Sunday 17th May who won the Insure4Sport Spirit Award. Great job guys!

Even our UKCA Ambassador Lauren Quigley joined us at the competition to Cheer everyone on! We shared images of her at the competition throughout the weekend on Twitter, @UKCheerleading “Our Ambassador is here today! Give it up for @LaurenAQuigley! #ThisGirlCan #UKCA #sportingpromise #youthsporttrust”

For images & videos from the event be sure to head over to Take That Photo for all the photographs and DVDs from the weekend, or you can contact them on

If you are interested in taking part in any training courses & workshops you can contact our Coach Education and Training Co-ordinator Alison Hunt on or via telephone 07471218855.


We can’t wait to see you all again soon at the UKCA School’s Competition in June, at the Manchester Velodrome, click here to purchase your spectator tickets.

Be sure to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter & Instagram.

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.

UKCA Latest News

Here at The UK Cheerleading Association we offer a wide range of fulfilling activities to our members and associates alike. Whether you Cheer, Coach or Volunteer, there are several processes of development within our organisation that we can set into motion for all members new and old. From moves and techniques based in gymnastics to dance related steps, we encourage a wide variation of choreography. Our upcoming competitions reflect varied levels of skill and development.

The West Midlands Cheerleading and Dance Competition at the Doug Ellis Sport Centre, Birmingham on May 10th 2015 is a valuable opportunity for Dance and Cheerleading groups to compete, when perhaps they aren’t quite equipped for National Competitions, this allows members to revel in the experience of a competition. Tickets for this event are £7.50, to purchase spectator tickets please email Kim at


Our next competition on a larger scale is The UKCA Spring Championships in May 2015! We are eager to see Cheerleading teams along with hundreds of Cheerleaders attend and take part. We are always enthusiastic about all of our competitions, the Spring Competition across the weekend of May 16th & May 17th is a highly anticipated event for the UKCA and all of it’s members. You can discover further information and purchase spectator tickets for the event right here.

We’re also delighted that The UKCA National Schools’ Championships 2015 are just around the corner. Entires for the Schools’ Competition are still open, but close on the May 8th, so click here to secure your performance. We’re proud to bring another high energy weekend to The Manchester Velodrome in June, showcasing ‘The Sport of Smiles’ to the North West area of the UK. All of our competitions attract Cheerleaders from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the National Schools’ Championships on 20th & 21st of June is no different.


Additionally, our Official UKCA Ambassador Lauren Quigley has been selected to compete as part of the British Swimming team at the FINA World Championships in Kazan 2015. Lauren is not only our Ambassador, but an inspiration to young people throughout Britain and the world over. So, from us here at The UKCA we wish her the best of luck in all of her endeavours.

Good luck to all of our members at our upcoming Competitions, we wish you all success and can’t wait to see you soon!

We are proud of you!

Team UKCA.