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Birkenhead Comets in the News!

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From the Wirral Globe : Wirral cheerleaders prepare for world championship

 A GROUP of young Wirral cheerleaders take on the world at a championship final in America next month.

The Birkenhead Comets fly out to Pensacola, Florida on April 8 for the finals, competing against teams from Europe, America and Australia.

To help fund the trip, the group of 15 girls, aged 13 to 18, treated shoppers at Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead to acrobatic displays which were organised as a way of raising a portion of the £9,500 cost of the trip.

The team’s coach, Carrie Humphreys, 36, says the girls have been working hard perfecting their routines since qualifying for the final last June. She said: “The routines are hard work and very athletic. This is not cheerleading with pom-poms, its more gymnastics and tumbling-based and is physically very demanding. “Going to America will be a wonderful experience for the girls and after the week of competition in Pensacola we will be moving on to Louisiana to train with an American team. “Many of the girls will be staying with host American families which will give them a wonderful opportunity to get a real feel for American culture and possibly make life-long friends.” Trips to compete and train in America are expensive and the girls have been busy fundraising to help raise the £9,500 needed to fund their trip.

Coach Carrie Humphreys continued: “We have raised £6,500 to help pay for the trip and the hotels and flights are all booked. So what we raise now will help us pay transport costs and would mean we could eat! “We are so grateful to the management of Pyramids Shopping Centre for allowing us to put on a demonstration of cheerleading.

“The Birkenhead public, as ever, have been very generous and we have raised a really good amount to add to our total, more than £300 in fact. And we have got other kids involved and maybe got a few interested in joining the Birkenhead Comets.”

Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said: “The Birkenhead Comets display drew quite a crowd and it was terrific for us to be supporting these young people as they prepare for their trip to America.

Drill in the Liverpool Echo

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This Friday the Liverpool Echo did a feature on how we are flourishing two years after we saved it from closure. It also promotes our recent successes in Trampolining, Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Click on the picture to see a scan of the article.Drill_Echo_Article_Small

Jamfest Europeans

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US Finals

It was time to return to the Echo Arena for the Jamfest European competition. This time there were high stakes for both squads – a qualification and bid to the US Finals! The US Finals is the ultimate competition for lower levels in cheerleading. The top level cheerleaders have ‘Worlds’ competition, all other levels can qualify for the US Finals. This is an invite only competition based on final score and ranking at certain qualifying competitions, Jamfest Europe was a qualifying competition.

The junior squad went first and unfortunately the enormity of the event, as well as their nerves, got the better of them. They did perform a good routine with no falls or mishaps but they didn’t get the required score to qualify for the US Finals. The senior team went out onto the competition mat determined not to let the bid slip through their fingers. They performed the most amazing routine we have ever seen them do and not only hit a perfect routine but also qualified for a bid to the US Finals next April in Florida. The squad are now working hard at fundraising to get them to the event.

Drill Family Barbeque

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BBQ2SOn Wednesday July 10th at Wirral Country Park (Thurstaston, CH61 0HN) we will be holding our annual Drill summer barbeque.

The barbeque starts from 5:30 until around 8:30pm and the cost is £2 each or £5 for the whole family. If you want to come please sign on the sheet at training with numbers coming or email Cathy (cath.page  @ ntlworld.com). Bring a plate, cup, spoon and fork and we will bring the food.

A trip to Scotland for our Comets

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Last weekend three stunt groups from the cheerleaders took the train up to Scotland for a competition; Youth L1, Junior L2 and a new Senior L3 and they all performed fantastically well. We had two perfect routines and another that was perfect but just had a counting error which cost them 1st place by a hair’s breath. Stunt group comps are different to regular comps, the athletes do purely stunt work, no tumble, dance or jumps. The L3 group was the first time we’ve competed at this level and they hit everything 🙂
There was no competition in two of the categories so there are minimum scores to beat – we beat them and got firsts 🙂

Jamfest Northern

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Jam North
Both our Junior and Senior squads traveled up to Blackpool for Jamfest’s Northern competition. After rather unfortunate warmups for both squads, they came out onto the competition mats and hit two brilliant routines. The Juniors took away 2nd place (out of 8) and the Seniors took away 4th place (out of  10)

Future Cheer Competition

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This time is was the turn of the junior squad to go out and compete their routine at a competition. The junior squad is made up of 17 girls aged 8-14 and competes at level 1, for the majority of the girls this was their first ever competition. I am so proud to say that they went out and competed their routine two different times and hit a completely flawless routine both times. The won 1st place in their category and got the second highest score out of all of the teams that competed. The judges were completely blown over by them, with commenting to me “I cannot believe this is their first ever competition, they look so professional”. Onwards and upwards for both our squads.

Sleepover for the Cheerleaders!

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With all the preparation for competition it was decided that the squads could use some relaxing and team bonding time together, so we arranged for a sleepover in the gym. The girls came ready to train during the day and then had a pizza party followed by gym games and fun once all the other athletes had left for the evening.beds were made out of training mats and teddies became bed mates as the girls settled down for some sleep. It was a great 24 hours with lots of training and lots of fun.

Drill Grand Open Day

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To celebrate Drill being open an year, and all that we have achieved during that year, we decided to have an open day and showcase all the many wonderful things that happen at drill. This was an excellent opportunity for our newly formed Junior squad to perform their competition routine, ahead of their very first competition a month later. In all they performed it 6 times and every time they went out like it was the competition and did their very best. By the end they girls were extremely tired but very pleased with their achievements, it gave them a sense of accomplishment as well as ideas for improvements.