Cheerleaders are jumping for joy!

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Blackpool Scorpions will really have something to cheer about with a summer cheerleading camp featuring special guests from America.

The club, which trains at South Shore Academy on St Annes Road, Blackpool, is hosting a workshop on July 27.

The event is open to other clubs within the area who would like to come to train for the day with five members from the world champion team Cheer Athletic Cheetahs, from America. There will be around 100 cheerleaders attending the event.

Luke Vincent, coach at the Scorpions, said: “It’s going to be a great event.

“The Cheer Athletic Cheetahs are incredible athletes, so it will be a really good experience.

“They are big stars, and very well-known within the cheerleading world.

“The camp we are hosting – they are only doing three camps in the UK – will give us a chance to see professional athletes in action, to learn from them and get ideas and to have a bit of fun too.

“In America, the sport is streets ahead of where we are in the UK, so this will be fantastic to have cheerleaders from the US. They really are very talented.”

Blackpool Scorpions now has around 150 members – ranging in age from three to early 30s.

Luke, who has been a coach for five years and competed himself for three years, said cheerleading was actually quite far removed from the general perception, and the old-fashioned image most people have, of teen girls shouting and shaking pom-poms.

He said: “There are some pom-poms, but less so and not used in quite the same way.

“These days, it focusing more on gymnastics.

“Our tumble gymnastics sessions are going really well. And we have recently had a bit of a surge in members joining.

“It’s a great activity to be involved in.

“For children it keeps them active, gets them away from the computer and TV screens, helps them be healthier and achieve something.

“It’s also a great social thing too. Some of the older girls who have been with us for 10 years have made friends for life through cheerleading.

“We have a co-ed team for the adults, and it really is a great sport.

“I’m 27 and my partner Jenna Robinson, who owns Blackpool Scorpions is 29 – we both compete on the team.

“It really is a fantastic, fun activity.”

For more information, visit www.scorpionscheerleaders.co.uk or call 079122 86021.