October Restrictions Update
With today’s announcement that the country will go into another lockdown period, we know that it means we all have a hard time ahead once again. We hope it will not be too long until we can get back into the gym as against all odds we’ve been having a wonderful season with our athletes.
Our extra conditioning has made every athlete in the gym stronger! We’ve had so many athletes hit personal goals, pass their levels and become better overall athletes. Goes to show what you can do when the chips are down. We’re proud to share that with you.
Here’s what happens now:
We are reiterating that all club accounts will be frozen until the club reopens again. Whether you are on week 10 of your term or week 1, you will still be able to access the remainder of your term when we reopen.
This coming week, we will be giving our coaches a very well earned break. We’ve been open since June 29th 6 days a week, and they have been blowing it out of the park. We couldn’t be prouder of our team this season and we know the kids love them – Ola, Aileen, Caitlin, Wiktoria, Molly, Caoimhe, Jayleesa, Fiona, Marie, Jamie and Hilton all doing our very best to keep our athletes safe and remain in sport.
Starting from October 26th, we will be launching our online offering once again but in a different format. Everyone is somewhat “Zoomed out” so we will start the online classes as Facebook/Instagram live sessions that all athletes can join whenever suits best. We will offer a mix of Gymnastics, Tumbling, Dance and Ninja, along with specialty classes such as handstand focus, TikTok specific routines, jumps, flexibility and of course conditioning. We will then upload the class to our Youtube platform so you can watch them again any time.
We advise all competitive athletes to attend a minimum of 3 conditioning classes per week. They will be broken down into full body conditioning twice per week, endurance training once per week and cardio training once per week. All athletes can join in if they wish. These sessions will be mandatory (3 per week) for elite athletes. We will offer some limited zoom sessions each week to keep club members feeling connected and you can see what the coaches are up to on our club Snapchat where we’ll be updating our carry on every week day.
Marie will also be working to promote mental health and wellbeing while we are closed for athletes and parents. We’ll follow up with more details soon.
Coming into the winter months without sports is a scary prospect. Stick with us and we can help our athletes to get those endorphins flowing through their brains! Start this one on the right foot – remember all the promises to get fit etc last lockdown…. Make a plan to stick to this time. It may be more than 6 weeks, make sure you have something to show at the end of it.
Remember we are freezing all accounts so there is no charge for any of our online classes. We’re making them available to the public as so many of our athletes last season were uncomfortable with zoom so hopefully we can reach more of our members this way.
We’d like to wish you all the very best, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support this term and before. It’s shown the very best of people and we love being part of this club.
We are delighted to resume all current scheduled classes from August 10th.
Gymnasts, Dancers, Ninjas, Recreational Cheerleaders and all athletes with add-on classes will begin classes from August 10th until the end of the current term in November.
If you are unsure of your class times, you can check full information on your parent portal
Competitive Cheerleaders are now required to submit their sizes for their training kits. Alliance have given theirs in class. All other teams please fill out the forms on the Kit Page!
We are excited to be in the privileged position of being able to open once again for season 11 at Stuntworx Elite. Covid-19 hit us hard, but won't keep us down! We've managed to keep the gym going with great support from our athlete families.
You can now sign up for Season 11 Gymnastics and recreational Cheer online.
Those looking to join for competitive cheer can follow the team placement procedure.
As a gym that depends heavily on community, face to face interaction and full on contact, the CoVid19 shutdown has affected us very badly. We closed on March 12th in line with the school closures and we are likely to be closed for some time.
In relation to term fees, we are allowing make up classes when we return for gymnasts and recreational cheerleaders who paid in full prior to the shutdown as well as weekly live classes and a plethora of online content and video library. For cheerleaders who are on monthly tuition which includes all external payments, you are required to pay the March payment in full and then if you choose to keep your spot, a much reduced monthly tuition to keep the gym rent and overheads paid for May and June.
After this point we will reevaluate our position.
We understand that the gym is the last of many people's concerns and we thank you wholeheartedly for your support and good wishes at this time. We are 10 years old this summer and did not expect to be celebrating in this way. We are very hopeful that there will still be a gym to come back to when this all ends. And we are ready to take on anything after this!
We are so proud of our performances at Celtic Spirit this weekend!
1 5th place, 1 x 4th and 4 x 1st place performances!
And the best news that Stuntworx received our 5th Bid to the Cheerleading Worlds!
Well done to all our athletes and coaches!
Next up, showcase!
EASTER CAMP ( spaces available )
April 6th to 10th
Members €65 Non Members €70
Concessions are available for families: 5% discount for 2nd and subsequent family members (excluding Tumble Camp).
Kidisco, Stuntworx Alliance and Team Ireland are hosting a massive disco for all.
February 23rd Sunday
Venue :- Stuntworx Elite Doughiska
4 - 8 year olds Time:- 4:30pm to 5:30pm
9 - 14 year olds Time:- 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Cost €10 entry on the door.
Prizes to be given out on the night.
Irish Cheerleading Club Continue to Make History
Irish Cheerleaders Stuntworx Elite Alliance, made up of athletes from Ireland will once again travel to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the Cheerleading Worlds at ESPN in Disney World.
The team, formed in 2015, won the first ever Irish club level invitation to compete at the Cheerleading Worlds, the closest thing the cheerleading world has to the Olympics, in 2016 and attended Worlds in 2017. The team have gone from strength to strength and in December 2017, the team were awarded their 2nd bid, this time being granted the honour from 21st Century Cheer, making history as the event’s first ever Worlds Bid Winners. In 2018, Alliance won their third bid at the Celtic Spirit Competition in Mayo to compete at Worlds 2019, and once again in March 2019, the team won a bid to compete at Worlds 2020, along with sister team Stuntworx Elite Icons, the first ever Irish club to be awarded two Worlds bids to two level five teams in one season!
Irish Cheerleading Challenges Perceptions of the Sport
The opportunity to represent Irish cheerleading at Worlds is an honour for the club, home to 200 cheerleaders in the west of Ireland. Club head coach, Hilton, and manager, Jamie, never dreamed the club would have a Worlds team when they set up the club in 2010. “The idea that after only 9 seasons of coaching teams we would have a team that has been awarded 3 consecutive Worlds bids and a second Worlds level team poised to take the floor in 2020 is just mind blowing. It’s a dream come true as a coach” says Hilton who has also coached the Irish National Team in 2014/2015 and will once again in 2020. “It’s the goal of any coach to reach the full potential of their teams and we believe we’re doing this at Stuntworx.”
With cheerleading still in its infancy in Ireland, the progress since the first Irish Cheerleading competition run by the Irish Cheer Sport Association in 2010 is immeasurable. The standards have risen very quickly in a short period of time compared to the steady and slow progress of countries where cheerleading has been an activity for decades. The Stuntworx coaches believe this is due in part to the grass roots approach taken by the majority of clubs in Ireland. Safety is a primary concern driven not only by ethical coaching but also by rising insurance costs for what is considered a very dangerous sport. However, injuries at Stuntworx are rare and usually don’t exceed sprains and some regular bruising associated with contact sport, which most of the cheerleaders compare as battle scars each week.
Cheerleading was recently recognised by Sport Accord as a sport to be included in future Olympics, which has caused a collective shift in the public perception of the merits of the sport in Ireland, rather than as a novelty pastime. This sport takes grit, guts and persistence. Dust is settling on the stereotype and cheer is now widely regarded as a sport to encourage teenagers to stay in sport for longer. Indeed Alliance is made up of athletes aged from 14 to 24. The sport is working, growing at an exponential rate year on year and has the best possible representation on the world stage.
The club now require help to send their athletes to Orlando. The season cost for each athlete is approximately 2000 to include the trip itself. The athletes, some of whom travel up to 3 hours each way to be a part of this team, have been fundraising with bake sales, selling raffle tickets and asking for support in their local communities. However, there is a limited pot for each athlete and as such the team need support from other sources. If you are in a position to help, whether by sponsoring an individual athlete or by providing opportunities to share their story to a wider audience, then you can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also attend the club showcase to see some of the daring routines the athletes compete on Sunday April 19th 2020 at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club, Threadneedle Road, Salthill. Admission is €5 per person.
The team will compete late April this year at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Disney World, Florida. You can catch their performances online via Flo Cheer or on ESPN!
Cheer or on ESPN!