Cheerleaders cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. Clubs perform complex routines and enter competitions.
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Why: Cheerleading is a fun activity which is motivational and builds team spirit.
How it works: Cheerleading can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Competitive routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes, and contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting.
Benefits: Cheering the team to victory as well as staying healthy and physically fit can help boost self-esteem. Cheerleading also improves your strength. Many cheer teams carry out strength training and conditioning exercises regularly to build the muscles needed to perform stunt sequences, tumbling passes and jumps. Over a period of time these moves will build powerful muscles in the lower body, shoulders and core. It also teaches coordination through cheers, dancing and stunt sequences and helps improve flexibility.
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Infinity Cheer: Kem Mill, Factory Lane, Whittle Le Woods, Chorley. Recruitment for 2018/19 is now closed but keep an eye out on http://www.infinitycheeruk.co.uk
City of Preston Cyclones Cheerleading: City of Preston Gymnastics Club, Unit 2, Campbell Street, Preston. Various squads, ages 5 to 13 Tuesdays 5.30pm -6.30pm; 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Saturday 10am until noon. Ages 13 plus Thursdays 6pm - 7pm; 7pm - 8pm; 9pm - 10pm. One hour per week £20 per month; 2 hours £32 per month; 3 hours £40 per month. Visit http://ebaines6.wixsite.com/prestoncyclones/join
The UCLan Tigers Cheerleading Squad: UCLan students only. Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre Tuesdays 8pm until 10pm and Thursdays 7pm until 8pm. Wednesday 6pm until 10pm at Media Factory room at UCLan.
Rising Stars Blackpool Cheerleading and Tumble: Apollo Theatre, Waterloo Road, Blackpool, Mondays 5pm. Summer classes, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm throughout August (£20 one day, £50 three days, £80 five days). Visit http://www.therisingstars.co.uk/