Homerton students join Cambridge University’s competitive cheerleading squadSubmitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2014 - 14:52
The Cougars were set up in 2007 and since then have grown to be a 30+ member squad combining skills in stunting, dance, tumbling and gymnastics. We enter at least one national competition every year, usually in the spring.
At our first competition of the year, ‘Future Cheer University Championships’ in February 2014, we placed 3nd in the All Girl Level 2b division. Later that day the Cougars took to the mat again to compete in their Varsity match against Oxford, which we won for the second year in a row.
Following that victory, the Cougars were ecstatic to be further awarded the title of Grand Champions of Varsity, having received the highest score of all the Varsity teams.
The Cougars came back to Cambridge a week early over Easter and followed a rigorous training programme of up to 5 hours of practice a day. Despite several injuries, last minute replacements and routine changes, on Friday 18th April 2014 the Cougars competed in the BCA University National Competition in Telford, where we placed 5th out of 16 teams in the Level 2 division, with only a couple of points inbetween us and 3rd place.
The rest of the term will be used to try and recruit new cheerleaders ready for the competition season in 2015.
As the Cambridge University Cheerleading Society is not a recognised University sport, we rely on sponsorship funding and fundraising events. Four of us belonging to Homerton have received some financial support from College, however we are working hard to increase awareness of what we do (for instance there are no pom poms!) and our reputation as a national level team.
Our video from the Future Cheer 2014 competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ep3KYfN9KE