Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans cheerleaders seek sponsorship to hit the big time
PUBLISHED: 09:52 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 02 August 2018
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Young cheerleaders from Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans have earned national success, and now need sponsorship to go global.
The Herts All Stars high-kicked, climbed and backflipped their way to the top at the Future Cheer national competition in Bournemouth in early July, to come first in their division in the UK.
Overjoyed Hatfield mum Gill Taylor said her daughter Amelia is “absolutely over the moon.
“Lots of families go down [to Bournemouth] and we have a big weekend of fun.
“I’m just incredibly proud.”
That alone has done Hertfordshire proud - but then the team were told they had earned an even bigger honour.
Out of 800 teams, Future Cheer select 10 to represent the UK at the international summit in Florida, USA.
To trainer Amy Barber’s joy, the Herts All Stars have been chosen as one of them.
The competition, called the Summit and held at Disneyworld in May 2019, is the most prestigious of its kind, and the Herts All Stars will represent the UK for their junior level 2 group.
But the trip is going to cost at least £1500 a head.
“We did really well to get a bid, but we don’t have any financing,” said Amy.
The cheerleaders are starting their own personal fundraising drives, but Amy is also looking for a team sponsor to help out.
Team members, who practice in Ware, come from Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, Hatfield, Welham Green and Brookmans Park, among other places.
There are currently 17 team members, currently all girls, aged between 10 and 14, but Amy is looking to build them to 24.
She was ecstatic when she got the news of the Summit bid. “We’re still coming down from it.”
She is keen to start a conversation with any local businesses about putting together an attractive sponsorship deal.
“This is the biggest opportunity we’ve been given,” she said.
“There really is nothing bigger than this.”
To contact Herts All Stars, email Amy@Hertsallstars.com