Cheerleading is a great way to participate in the excitement of sporting events!
Cheerleading is a group activity in which athletes- known as cheerleaders perform routines to entertain and encourage crowds to show their support for a particular team at sporting events.
Cheerleading has been around since the late 1800s and in recent years has developed into a competitive sport in its own right.
It is very popular in America and is fast growing in popularity as a kids' activity in Australia.
A video of Cheerleading for Kids
The Team Australia performing a "Team Cheer Freestyle" competition in 2011 at ICU.
Cheerleading Championships Performance Highlights.
Information on Cheerleading for Kids in Australia
Is cheerleading for your kids?
Cheerleading is extremely popular kids activities among young girls and it can be a great way to improve physical fitness and make friends. It can also build confidence in children and help their balance and co-ordination. As cheerleading involves a choreographed routine it can also teach discipline and precision. cheerleading would suit outgoing kids who enjoy dance and music and are, or would love to be, active and physically fit.
How to get your kids started as cheerleaders!
Children as young as 4 years old can start taking cheerleading lessons and there are a number of cheerleading clubs across the country that offer competitions, recreational squads and classes. Many dance centres also have a cheerleading class for those who are looking to get involved on a non-professional basis.
Competitive cheerleading is divided into state, regional and national divisions and is categorized by age. The main cheerleading academy in Australia is the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation. The academy offers a camp and clinics. There are a number of smaller local schools that offer lessons and a quick check in our ActiveActivities directoryshould help locate one in your area.
If your child is interested in cheerleading there are a few things they will need in order to get started:
- Suitable outfit ? dancewear is fine at first, but if they start competing they will require uniforms and costumes
- Pom-pom ? required for certain types of routines
- Suitable shoes
Learning at a cheerleading academy costs around $13-$20 a lesson and fees are usually paid on a per-term basis. Although lessons are usually fairly inexpensive, it is important to be aware that the cost of outfits and costumes can add up. Registration is usually open at the end of the year for the following year and enrolments are completed by the start of term.
Don't miss these stars and events!
The National Championship takes place in Sydney at the end of October with teams from all over the country competing for first place. Manly Sea Eagles cheerleader Angela Nicotera was recently the first Australian to be accepted onto a professional US cheerleading team.
If you think cheerleading will appeal to your kids, why not ask them and use ActiveActivities directory.