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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle cheerleaders troupe filling up trophy cabinet

A cheerleading troupe is filling up its trophy cabinet less than a year after it was formed.

Carlisle cheerleaders photo
Beth Kirby and Lucie Teasdale of the Cheer Force Knights

Cheer Force Knights, which is based at the Petteril Bank Community Centre in Carlisle, was launched last July by head coach Jonny Kirby.

Since then the squad has already competed against other top cheerleaders from around the world.

The group has also grown rapidly and now has more than 50 members from the Carlisle area in its ranks.

And they are already making a big splash on the cheerleading scene after scooping a string of top prizes.

The talented troupe competed in three cheer divisions in the JAMfest Northern Jam contest in Blackpool.

And it was a clean sweep as they went away with all three trophies after finishing first in the youth (aged nine to 11), junior (12 to 14), and senior (15 and over) age groups.

The girls battled it out against six or more other teams in each division, including some of the best cheerleaders in the country.

It meant the squad was invited to the finals of the competition in the United States to pit their skills against the best of the best from all over the world.

But coach Jonny, 27, who has six years’ experience in cheerleading, revealed that the group has had to turn the opportunity down as it has come too soon.

He said: “It’s going to be too expensive to get out to America in our first year so we are looking at doing it at some point in the future instead.”

However, he is delighted with the progress his young charges, who are aged from nine to 20, have made in such a short space of time.

He said: “This is a huge accomplishment for a team in their first season.

“As a coach I couldn't be more proud of what they have accomplished.”

Jonny is also urging others, whether male or female, to give cheerleading a try.

“It’s amazing and so challenging and there is always something more difficult you can push yourself to try and achieve,” he said. “We have a great family atmosphere and everyone works towards the same goal and wants the same thing.”

To find out more about Cheer Force Knights visit www.facebook.com/CheerForceKnights or call Jonny on 07580 617654.

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