Herts Allstars set for Florida adventure at The SUMMIT cheerleading competition
Members of Herts Allstars are busy preparing for the trip of a lifetime as they bid to cause a stir at The SUMMIT in America.
The Little Hadham-based club’s Intensity squad are flying out to Florida on April 29 for an eight-day adventure that will include competing against some of the best young cheerleaders from the USA, China, Australia, Japan and the rest of the world.
The 21-strong all-female team, made up of athletes aged ten to 16 who have reached junior level two, will be joined by 20 adults on the trip, along with club coaches Amy Barber and Charlotte Viccars.
The Intensity team – one of seven competitive teams at the club – were selected for The SUMMIT competition thanks to a great performance at Future Cheer in Bournemouth last summer.
And the club are raising funds to install new full height safety-backed mirrors which will help them enormously when it comes to adding extra gloss to their glittering routines comprising stunts, tumbling, jumps and dance.
They have received a grant of £625 from the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund and have raised some funds of their own, but they need help amassing the final £1,350.
Head coach and founder Barber said: “Without mirrors, athletes sometimes feel that they are doing it right and it is only when they see it that they understand the changes or improvements required.
“They will be able to see their routines as they perform, enabling them to evaluate their performance, make necessary improvements and give them more confidence to perform and show their passion for their sport to their audience and Judges with relaxed, genuine smiles, gaining points and winning competitions!”
Herts Allstars, formed by Barber in 2007 before relocating from a school near Potters Bar to improved facilities in Little Hadham in November 2017, have won numerous trophies and are used to success.
And the Intensity team will be doing all they can to wow the judges on the world stage, as well as gaining valuable experience to make them even better athletes.
“I think they’re realistic in that they may not win The SUMMIT competition - they would love to and they’ll try their best - but for them it’s more about doing a clean routine with no falls, called a zero run,” said Barber.
“If they compete really well on the Thursday and get in the top half and through to the finals then they’ll compete again on the Friday. I know if they got into the finals it would be like a win for them – they would be just ecstatic. They’re very excited about it.”
The trip, which includes days out to Disney World and training with the renowned Top Gun cheerleading squad, is costing around £55,000.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the club should email firstname.lastname@example.org, while www.gofundme.com/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall-herts-allstars is the website to visit to make a donation towards the mirrors.
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