Cheerleaders are crowned the best in south at contest

Cheer-a-cality dancers will take part in a national competition
Cheer-a-cality dancers will take part in a national competition
Tom Alsop. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Cheerleading squad Cheer-a-cality are off to a national competition after winning a regional contest and reaching their fundraising target.

The Sarisbury Green squad made it through to the national finals after winning gold in the Southern International Cheerleading Coalition competition at the beginning of February.

The squad then set about raising money online to fund their trip to the finals and held bake sales to reach their £700 target.

Squad coach Lara Hallam, 31, said they are looking forward to the finals in Nottingham on Sunday, March 22.

Ms Hallam said: ‘We didn’t expect them to win because it was their first competition.

‘We just told them to give a keen performance and to be confident. We thought it would be good experience but them winning is an added bonus.’

Ms Hallam said she was proud of the squad’s performance and hopeful for the finals.

She said: ‘We’ve adapted the routine a bit for the nationals, but we’re confident in our squad and even though it’s our first time there, we are sure we will do well.’

Brookfield Community School pupil Jade Collinson, 13, was part of the winning squad.

She said: ‘It was the best feeling ever when we won.’

The squad will also be performing at Sarisbury Green summer fete on June 13 and it will be putting on a production in May at the Berry Theatre in Hedge End.

The squad are looking for more people to join and it is open to girls and boys from three years old upwards. Classes are held at Brookfield Secondary School, Sarisbury Green, and Hedge End Salvation Army Community Centre.

For more information visit dance-a-cality.co.uk