Masterclass helps Saddleworth cheerleaders dance up a Storm

MEMBERS of Saddleworth Storm were dancing with delight after being given a stunt masterclass in cheerleading.

Fifty girls from Saddleworth School’s cheer squad were out through their paces by Team England coach Danielle Robinson.

Danielle, a level six cheerleading coach, taught them some difficult level one and two stunts which they will use in competition this season.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed that session and were pushed to their limits – literally!

Sports teacher Rachael Muir, a level two coach, said: “Danielle helped the girls form pyramids and choreographed some of their moves.

“There were some great performances and we are one step closer to selecting our stunting group for the UKCA Nationals.”

Danielle, who ironically was a former pupil taught by Rachael at a previous school in Bradford, will return after Christmas to see how the squad has progressed.

Rachael formed the cheerleading squad in 2018 to tempt some of the less sporting inclined youngsters into a healthy activity.

She said: “We have 58 girls in our cheer squad but only 10 of them are members of our sports teams.

“A lot of girls don’t do have an interest in sport or do it in their own time. I wanted to do something to entice them and it has worked.”

Saddleworth Storm made its debut at this year’s UKCA Nationals where they finished third.

They were recently invited to perform at the opening ceremony for the Saddleworth Village Olympics.

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