A CHEERLEADING academy has come back from a national championships with a bagful of trophies and a squad ready to take on the best in Europe.
Hartlepool Hawks competed in the British National Championships which were held in Telford.
Academy founder Rebecca Taylor said: “The team came back with huge smiles on their faces. Hartlepool Hawks have now got seven national champion titles.”
Eight teams from the Hawks went to the nationals and Rebecca added: “They have come back with amazing results.
“The standard was so high at the nationals and we were competing against amazing teams from across the country. We were all extremely overwhelmed with our results.”
But the success was well deserved, said Rebecca, who added: “The children have worked so hard, some up to 30 hours a week training for this prestigious competition and all the hard work paid off.
“We would all like to thank everyone who helped support the Hawks raise enough money to get to the nationals.”
The Hawks held a fundraising campaign to pay for the £5,000 cost of transport and fees.
The results at the nationals were;
l Mini Hip hop team – 1st Place National Champions and received a European Summit Bid
l Mini Jazz Team - 1st Place National Champions and received a European Summit Bid
l Youth Cheerleading Team Level 2 - 1st Place National Champions and received a European Summit Bid
l Youth Hip hop team - 1st Place National Champions and received a European Summit Bid
l Youth Jazz Team - 1st Place National Champions and received a European Summit Bid
l Junior Cheerleading team level 3 – 4th Place and received a European Summit Bid
l Junior Jazz Team – 2nd Place
l Senior Jazz Team – 2nd Place and received a European Summit Bid.
Rebecca added: “Seven of the Hawks teams have qualified for The European Summit. This is where the highest scoring teams from each national competition in the UK and Europe will qualify for the summit putting the best of the best teams from across the UK and Europe against each other.”
The European Summit will be held on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26 at the Worcester Arena.
Rebecca added: “The bids we have received pay for the cheerleaders’ entry fees but we now need to raise money for transport and accommodation for the 50 athletes.”