Hartlepool cheerleading squad hopes to raise £25,000 for Croatia competition

Hartlepool Hawks.
Hartlepool Hawks.
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Hartlepool shoppers are in for a treat this weekend when a local cheerleading squad takes over the town’s shopping centre.

Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy is set to perform at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre tomorrow to perform an impressive acrobatic display.

Hartlepool Hawks.

Hartlepool Hawks.

The event will see 50 of the squad’s performers showcase their skills at Middleton Grange’s Centre Square in a bid to raise funds for a competition in Croatia.

The cheerleaders need to raise £25,000 to send 44 Academy team members - who have recently qualified to represent England as part of Team UK - to Croatia for the European Cheerleading Championships this July.

Head coach of Hartlepool Hawks, Becci Taylor said: “Middleton Grange has been hugely supportive and we are really looking forward to putting on a great show for its shoppers this Saturday.

“We can’t believe the response we have received so far, everyone has really got behind us and we are so grateful for the time and energy given to help our cause. 
“To reach this level of competitive cheerleading is an incredible achievement for our athletes and we would love to see them represent the UK as we know they will do really well in the competition.”

Hartlepool Hawks at the Headland Carnival parade in 2015.

Hartlepool Hawks at the Headland Carnival parade in 2015.

Saturday’s showcase is set to delight crowds when the team perform a range of routines which include tumbling, dance and stunts.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, Mark Rycraft said: “We are very proud to have so many members of our local cheerleading squad be selected to represent the UK in the European Championships and we will support them all the way. 
“We are incredibly excited to see their performance in the centre on Saturday, we’re expecting a huge turnout.”

The Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy will be performing from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, June 3.

The routines will begin on the hour, lasting 10 to 15 minutes each with every performance including a different dance sequence.