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Leeds Celtics is the number one University Cheerleading team in the UK. They have four teams - co-ed and all-girl competitive squads, competitive pom dance squad and a match team - who are all about fun, determination, and sportsmanship.

Leeds Celtics are one of the University of Leeds’ most successful sports clubs that boasts over 10 years of award-winning seasons. We train weekly and sessions are ran by the creative and highly experienced coaches who are also Celtic and University of Leeds Alumni.

New members have a fantastic opportunity to develop strength, fitness, and flexibility alongside a friendly and outgoing group of cheerleaders.

Contact us at leedscelticscheerleaders@gmail.com

Gryphons

What they do: Gryphons is our Level 3 competitive tumbling cheerleading team, who are one of the most successful in the country. Level three cheerleading incorporates harder stunts, tumbling (including standing flicks, jump to flicks, roundoff tucks, roundoff flick tucks ext..), jumps and dance.

Who we’re looking for: All boys, more experienced cheerleaders, gymnastics looking to transfer to cheerleading.

Join our stunt GIAG on Tuesday 28th September 7-9pm. This GIAG will give you a flavour of what our stunt teams are about. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/392937979118801

Also come along to our stunt try-outs on Sunday 3rd October from 10-2pm @ White Rose Cheer. This event will allow you to show our coaches your talent to gain a place on one of our stunt teams. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/553132372406224?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22external_search_engine%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Training sessions

When? Mondays & Thursdays

What Time? 9:30pm – 11:00pm (Mon) 8:30-10:30pm (Thurs)

Where? White Rose

Eagles

What they do: Eagles are our highly successful All-Girl level 2 non-tumbling team. Eagles allow those who are new to competitive cheer to experience competitions and learn cheerleading at a fast pace. Level two cheerleading incorporates stunts, jumps and dance.

Who we’re looking for: cheerleaders, gymnastics, those who have never done cheer but are athletic, dedicated and driven to learn and compete with a successful sports team.

Join our stunt GIAG on Tuesday 28th September 7-9pm. This GIAG will give you a flavour of what our stunt teams are about. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/392937979118801

Also come along to our stunt try-outs on Sunday 3rd October from 10-2pm @ White Rose Cheer. This event will allow you to show our coaches your talent to gain a place on one of our stunt teams. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/553132372406224?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22external_search_engine%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Training session

When? Mondays & Tuesdays

What Time? 8:00-9:30pm (Mon) & 8:30-10:30pm (Tues)

Where? White Rose Cheer & The Gryphon Centre

Phoenix

What they do: Phoenix is our 2-time Grand Champion winning Pom Team making them the most successful Pom team in the country for both 2018-2019 season. Pom is a fast-paced dance routine with pom poms which incorporates jumps, kicks and advanced dance skills such as leaps, pirouettes and free-cartwheels.

Who we’re looking for: dancers, those who want to be involved in a dance based cheer rather than stunt.

Come along to our GIAG/try-out on Friday 1st Oct 6-8pm @ White Rose Cheer Gym. This event will give you a flavour of what our Pom team is about and give you the opportunity to try-out for the team. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2662812124013339/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Training session

When? Tuesdays and Fridays

What Time? 5:30-6:30pm (Tues) 6-8pm (Fri)

Where? Jade Studio – Campus (Tues) White Rose Cheer (Fri)

Lions

What they do: Lions is our non-competitive performance team who perform at the half time of sports matches for teams such as American Football and Rugby ext. Lions allows girls the chance to perform outside of a competition session, learning the basics of stunting and cheerleading.

Who we’re looking for: anyone who is committed and wants to learn new things or perform at matches.

Come along to our Lions GIAG on Tuesday 5th October @ The Gryphon Centre from 7-9pm. This event will give you an insight into what our Lions team is about. Follow the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1517475888605208?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Training session

When? Tuesdays

What Time? 7-8pm or 8-9pm (depending on team placement)

Where? The Gryphon Centre

Please note all Lions members must be available for every match which are held on either Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays or Sundays. Matches are held either every week or every other week depending on fixtures. Matches are compulsory just as training.

Key dates

Showcase: This is a compulsory session and a great opportunity that allows teams to see the other routines and get used to performing in front of an audience. Tickets can be purchased for family and friends to come along and see what you have been working on.

5th Feb at the Edge.

Whole society Friday training

These extra training sessions are usually attended by all competition teams and are used as a final practice before the Sunday Competitions (see below). However, this Friday will also be attending by both Lions teams to prepare for the Saturday showcase. These training sessions are held at White Rose Cheerleading Gym 8:30-10:30. This Friday training sessions are mandatory for all society members.

Friday 4th Feb

Comp team key dates

Competitions

1) Future Cheer University Nationals, Manchester Central, Manchester – 13th February

2) Circus Spectacular, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield – 6th March

3) ICC British Open, Motorpoint Area, Nottingham – 27th March

Christie Cup

This year Leeds is hosting the Christie Cup. 2019 was the first time Celtics competed with just our pom team (who came 1st place). This year we are potentially looking for level 2 also to compete and level 3 to showcase. This is a really fun day and a great way to end competition season. This usually held after the Easter break but the date is TBA.

Socials

Weekly Socials: There is an organised social every Wednesday evening with a different theme! We are so excited for these socials to be back up and running for this year! They give society members the perfect opportunity to get to know each other.

We will keep you updated with any changes in guidelines.

Tour

Every year Celtics go on tour at Easter, ask any returner who’s been on tour before and they’re sure to tell you it was one of the best weeks of their lives! You’ll make friends for life and are sure to come home with some amazing memories and cracking stories to tell, tour dates will be announced after team placement!

Competition and extra training

Due to Cheerleading being a demanding sport, we have extra training sessions throughout the year, especially leading up to competitions, to ensure that we remain successful competitively.

Extra Weekend training: These training sessions are held at White rose Cheerleading Gym: Eagles from 10:30-2 and Gryphons from 2:30-6:30. All Saturday and Sunday training sessions are mandatory.

Sat 24th Oct, Sat 6th Nov, Sunday 28th Nov, Sat 22nd Jan, Sun 23rd Jan, Sun 13th March.

We also hold extra Friday training sessions which are attended by all competition teams and are used as a final practice before the Sunday Competitions. These training sessions are held at White Rose Cheerleading Gym 8:30-10:30. All Friday training sessions are mandatory.

Fri 4th Feb, Fri 11th Feb, Fri 4th Mar, Fri 25th Mar

Costs

Cheerleading can be an expensive sport, but we aim to make the price as small as possible for our members through university funding and sponsorship deals. Rather than paying as you go for competitions / matches as many other teams do, we put our membership fees in a block payment that coincide with the student loan payment as this has worked best in previous years.

Membership costs include.

Training, Venue hire, Coaches, Transport, Competitions, Insurance

Membership t-shirt/gift, Bow, Poms (pom team only), Music, Revs card

PLEASE DO NOT BUY A MEMBERSHIP UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A TEAM!!!

Uniform is bought separately from the membership as this is only bought in your first year and usual lasts for your whole time at uni. The breakdown of membership price will be fully explained at the GIAG!

Any more questions

It is super important you get the answers you need, if you have any questions, please contact us VIA our email and social media accounts. Please also follow our social media accounts to keep updated on everything coming up in the next couple weeks.

Email: leedscelticscheerleaders@gmail.com

Our Instagram: @uniofleedscheer

Our Facebook: Leeds Celtics Cheerleaders

Our YouTube: Leeds Celtics

Contacts

Message our captain or coaches on Facebook for specific questions

Captain: Leah Whitney

Competition Head Coach: Cat Giblin

Gryphons Coaches: Ellie Web & Lauren Roper

Eagles Coaches: Ellie Web & Kathryn Sammon

Pom Coaches: Margaux Derkhashan & Issy Copplestone

Match Coaches: Maisy Stant & Polly Mclean

Can’t wait to see you soon!


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