Portsmouth cheerleaders clinch trophy at competition

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A GROUP of cheerleaders in Portsmouth are celebrating after they clinched a trophy at an international competition.

Thirteen members of Portsmouth Warriors Cheerleading Squad impressed judges with their two-minute routine at the British Cheerleading Association (BCA) international cheerleading championships.

During the event in Telford the squad danced to a mix of nine songs which included Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Green Day’s Holiday and Blondie’s One Way or Another.

Their efforts saw them win a trophy and come fourth out of eight.

Ellie Brodin-Thornhill, head coach of Portsmouth Warriors, which is made up of men and women of all ages, said she was delighted by the result.

‘I’m over the moon that we managed to get a trophy because the competition was tough and everyone worked hard to put the cheerleading routine together,’ she said. ‘We had been working on it for about three months.’

The squad, who train at St Luke’s Church, in Southsea, are now hoping to participate at the BCA’s Southern Classic 2012 competition at Eastbourne this November.

Ellie, 24, added: ‘It would make my year if we won. It would be a huge boost to everyone.

‘We are always looking for new members aged 12 and above. Everyone of all abilities is welcome.’

To register your interest email portsmouthcheer@hotmail.com