On Saturday our amazing Key Stage Two Cheerleading Team attended the UK National Schools Competition held at the Velodrome in Manchester.
The Squad, who were looking to retain the title two years in a row, arrived at the venue in very good spirits and, even though there were some last minute adjustments to the routine, felt confident about performing well. The children were joined by their amazing Team Spirit coaches Hannah and Lindsey as well as Mr Wilson and Miss Nuttall.
The competition is fiercely contested with teams travelling from as far as Bath to take part and the crowd, who were amazing (and very loud) supported the teams with passion and added to the amazing atmosphere at the venue. The teams only have one chance to perform their routine and because of this the margins for error are very slim; the squads have to be completely in sync and ready to perform when their slot arrives.
The team performed at 10:30am and had to start the preparation an hour prior to this as they made their way through grueling warm-up stations, uniform checks and team photos.
The routine, which contains complicated stunts, tumbles and dancing was delivered with precision, superb timing and fantastic synchronicity and the children, coaches and supporters knew they had a chance to retain their title.
However, the awards ceremony was some time away and the judges decisions were kept secret until that time; this meant an agonising wait for the results…
During this time the squad members, coaches and staff busied themselves watching the other squads and soaking up the atmosphere of the huge event.
Finally the wait was over, and it was worth it.
Team Spirit at Thorn Grove were announced UK National Champions for the second year in a row.
A huge thank you must go to the parents who helped and supported on the day and of course to the brilliant coaches at Team Spirit, Hannah and Lindsey, who work tirelessly to help the team.
We have a hugely successful cheerleading programme developing at Thorn Grove and we would welcome any children to the sessions, so if any pupils would like to join the squad, please see Mr Wilson in school.
Here are some of the pictures from the day.