CHEERLEADERS are jumping for joy after landing a prestigious prize.
Youngsters from the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading group brought silverware back to the town after competing in a national event.
Around 35 of the young stars performed in front of an audience of 2,000 at the UKCA National Elite Championships, in Manchester.
Despite it being the very first competition for many of the youngsters involved, they weren’t over-awed by the occasion and the team came away with six trophies.
The team also received the UKCA National Cup, which is awarded to the club which shows the most sportsmanship, spirit and enjoyment.
Head coach of the Hawks, Rebecca Taylor, who set up the club only last year, said she was “absolutely over the moon”.
The 20-year-old, who studies at the University of Sunderland, said: “I am a very proud coach.
“There were more than 50 clubs competing in the competition so for us to win the National Cup was brilliant, we couldn’t believe it.
“The youngsters are definitely putting the Hartlepool Hawks on the map.”
The talented young cheerleaders were roared on by more than 40 parents.
As well as coming back with the team trophy, all of the youngsters involved received medals and certificates.
Rebecca added: “The parents were brilliant and I would like to thank them for their support.
“But the youngsters were superb.
“The youngest competitor was just five years old, so what a way to perform. It’s a brilliant experience for all of them.”
Now members of the club are focusing on their next competition which is taking place in Telford next month.
Then, nine of the Hawks will be competing in the British Cheerleading Tumbling Championships.
For youngsters Millie Ford, seven, Danielle Egan, seven and Romilly Heaton, eight, it will be their very first competition.
Rebecca said: “I am really looking forward to the next competition now.
“Hopefully the Hawks will perform absolutely brilliantly yet again.”