Cosmic Flame cheerleaders
A decade of hard work has reaped big rewards for a Motherwell cheerleading academy - as all five of its teams have been selected to take part in the British cheerleading championships for the first time.
Seventy girls from Cosmic Flame All-Star Cheerleading Academy will go to Blackpool to compete in the prestigious BCA Rocks! competition in June.
And this is one week before the regional champions are to act as ambassadors at the European championships in Glasgow.
Pammie Davis (28), head coach of Cosmic Flame All-Star Cheerleading Academy, said: “I only found out an hour before class started that we are going to Blackpool so the girls were the first to know.
“They are so excited. For some of the younger ones, their first event is going to be the British Championships.
“They have had success at a regional level but they’re now at a standard to compete in the big events.
“It’s very competitive, but they can do it.”
Pammie, from Motherwell, is a qualified USASF coach and a former junior Claymore and she runs weekly classes in American cheerleading at the Evangelical Union Congregational Church in Motherwell.
Now her students, including tots as young as three years old, will be taking on extra classes to prepare for the competition.
She said: “They give me such pride. Every single one of them is a star.
“There is no-one who doesn’t give me 100 percent and all I can ever ask is that they give their best.”
Cosmic Flame All-Star Cheerleading Academy is one of around 100 cheerleading teams in Scotland and is now the biggest in the area.
Pammie said: “I remember when I was younger thinking, there’s nothing like this in our area and when I started the academy I even had difficulty getting a hall to practice in because no one would take me seriously.
“But I was so determined and within six weeks of starting up the girls were performing at Hampden.”
All the money raised from the academy is put back into the academy to cover running costs like buying costumes, buying equipment and hiring studios.
Pammie said: “This is a hobby for me. Sometimes at 3am when I’m on a bus doing someone’s make-up I’ll stop and think why am I doing this, but when I see their routines polished and perfect, I know why.”
The British Cheerleading Association championships takes place on in June 15 and the European Championships is in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on June 29 and June 30.