I hope you are all well and enjoyed the hot bank holiday weekend!
For this week’s blog post I thought I would chat to you about something I have LOVED doing whilst studying at university: cheerleading.
Before coming to university, one piece of information I was told was to join a society. At first I was unsure, but I figured why not, it could be a fun way to meet new people and get me out to do some exercise. Looking back, this was the best decision I made and I would definitely recommend it to any future university student. Check out one of my previous posts on the benefits of joining a society if that’s something you’d like to look into.
University College Birmingham has many different societies to join from dance and Zumba to football and of course cheerleading. If none of the ones here take your fancy, you can join a society from another university! My fellow UCBlogger Jade has written an amazing post about how she joined UOB Latin Dancing society.
But for now, I am going to chat to you a little bit about UCB’s Cheerleading society.
I had never done cheerleading before coming to university, and if I’m honest, I wasn’t aware it was so big in the UK. I was unsure of what it consisted of. Most people I know thought of pom poms as soon as I mentioned it. They also thought that it meant going to all the football games and dancing at the side lines. But were wrong!
Over the summer, I discovered UCB Cheerleading Facebook and Instagram pages and began to get an idea as to what it was about. Not only do you have to jump and dance but they also have stunts that consisted of throwing people up in the air and holding them there whilst they create various beautiful shapes with their bodies.
I was a little nervous at first as to whether I should join or not. Although I used to dance many years ago and believe I have a good sense of rhythm, I was nowhere near as flexible as I used to be and couldn’t do any fancy tumbles except a cartwheel and a round off! But I spoke to the club Captain at the time, who was so lovely and she reassured me the team accept people at all different levels so it didn’t matter that I couldn’t lift my leg up to my ear! After chatting with her more over Facebook, I was excited to meet the rest of the team and begin training.
The first try-outs were during freshers week. I say try-outs but it was merely a chance for people to come and see if they liked the sport and try to figure out who would take what positions with everyone getting a place on the team. I was made a flyer (the one who is thrown into the air) and I absolutely loved it!
Since the first try-outs our team has come a long way – I have been competing with them for two years now! Competitions soon came about and we were traveling to Blackpool, Birmingham and Telford. They have such a buzz about them and it was so much fun getting hair and makeup done whilst watching other teams compete.
I never thought I would love a sport so much having only done it for a short amount of time. I found it was a great escape from uni work and stress especially around deadlines and exam times. The team were so welcoming when I first joined and everyone is so helpful and supportive in everything not just cheer related, but during uni life too! As a fresher in particular, I found it useful to get advice from the older students about how to write assignments and deal with uni life with someone always there to give fashion and girly advice! When I was having a hard time this year, they were always there to pick me up and help me smile again. The coach also has been an amazing support during my time on the team and has helped push me into doing things I never would have considered doing before!
From competitions, to nights out, with some hilarious dress up and holidays in between, I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to have spent it all with. I have made so many new friends and amazing memories whilst doing this sport. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun society that is a great way to meet new friends and have a good work out whilst having unbelievable amounts of fun!
Here are a few photos of the fun we get up to:
I hope you all enjoyed this blog post! If you have any questions please leave a comment below.