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!
TEAM IRELAND CHEER REPRESENTING IRELAND AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
This April, a team of 20 athletes and coaches along with supporters will travel to Orlando where they will compete against the best in the world at the Cheerleading Worlds 2020. The team, which is coed, is made up of athletes from throughout Ireland. The athletes range in age from 13 to 25 and for many this is their second or third time representing Ireland at a World level. This season Cheerleading is expected to be officially inducted into the Olympics and it is fitting that the decision will be made during the World Championships in April.
Team Ireland was established in 2010 and has represented Ireland almost every year since with much success having placed top 10 on 2 occasions since then.
The clubs allowing their talented athletes to be involved in the endeavour have a great profile and currently cater to over 1000 clients on a weekly basis.
The entire package that is required of the trip including all kit, flights and accommodation is costing each athlete and coach over €2000. We are looking for any sponsors who will be able to help get this team of amazing athletes to Orlando to represent our country. We can offer exposure on a national level via our media platforms.
All monies raised through fundraising will go straight to the team and under no circumstance will an individual personally gain from any monies donated to Team Ireland.
Team Ireland is governed by (CSI) Cheer Sport Ireland. Registered sports body.
You can contact a member of our fundraising committee or a coach by phone or email.
Our number is 091 771 765 or email at email@example.com
The show follows adult aged cheerleaders so please be cautious about allowing younger athletes to watch. Some of the themes are quite dark and the show contains adult conversation. Watch it first!
Cheer may be new to Netflix, but cheer has been in Ireland for quite some time and there are some amazing clubs running the game in the Irish Cheer Sport industry. Stuntworx is one of the biggest clubs in the country and also among the longest established.
A lot of people are being introduced to cheer sport for the first time by the Netflix show and it's a truly welcome boost for this amazing show. Netflix is such a huge influencer in trends and the powers that be are bang on trend with cheerleading. The sport has been growing ever since 2010 and Stuntworx are so proud to be part of the legacy of Irish Cheer and Cheerleading in Galway.
It's important to note the Netflix Cheer follows a level 7 team, and some of the highest trained cheerleaders in the sport, but Cheer is for all ages and levels. Beginner cheer starts at 5 with Stuntworx and we introduce athletes to the basics of cheer and acrobatics.
Athletes can stay at level 1 or move through the levels up to our Worlds level 5 team Alliance. Alliance is a coed team, the longest established Irish Worlds team, having competed at Worlds in Florida 4 times! The club is very proud of our dedicated athletes and coaches who are so committed to the club and the success of Cheer in Ireland.
If you think you'd like to try to "make mat" and risk eating it, then why not try Cheer in Galway with Stuntworx Elite.
We currently have beginner cheerleading classes and competitive cheer in Galway with our gym in Doughiska or in Salthill!
We would like to Thank
all Parents involved with the club,
we would not exist if it was not for you guys.
Alliance Place 17th Best team in the world.
What an amazing achievement these athletes have accomplished.
More Information to follow soon.
St Patricks Day Parade was so much fun!
Around 90 of our athletes attended and the weather kept dry for just long enough to get the crowd excited!
Stuntworx are the highlight of the parade for so many and they tell us every year!
CDFNI and SHOWCASE weekend was hectic - but so much fun!
April 13th, we traveled to Belfast to compete at CDFNI and the results were:
Alliance - not the best run :( Display
Icons - 1st
Shane's Solo - 1st
Defiance - 2nd
Super 2 - 4th
The fun was worth the trip!
Showcase was fantastic with hits for almost every team and the first performance for so many of our gymnasts and trampoline gymnasts.
Very satisfying and fun weekend!
Pictures to follow
The club has been very busy since 21CC!
Celtic Spirit took place on March 9th for all our cheer competition teams, and the club was out in force. Great competition for all of our teams and the athletes were very impressive throughout all levels.
Assassins - 2nd Place
Shade - 2nd Place
Alliance L5 Stunt Group - 1st Place
Defiance - 3rd Place
Wicked Women - 3rd Place
Super 2 - 4th Place
Icons - 1st Place and Worlds Bid for 2020
Alliance - 1st Place and Worlds Bid for 2020
Stuntworx have made history in being the first Irish club to receive 2 bids for 2 teams in one season. So happy to be blazing a trail in the level 5 divisions.
St. Patrick's Day parade was attended by just under 100 cheerleaders from Induction right up to Alliance, all levels were represented in force! Everyone always loves watching us cheer in the parade, thanks to everyone who braved the rain!
CDFNI - April 13th
We are bringing Icons, Alliance, Super 2 and Defiance to compete in Northern Ireland and we're very excited about the trip!
Showcase - April 14th
10am Galway Lawn Tennis Club, Threadneedle Road, Salthill
€10 for athletes, €5 for Spectators
Congratulations to all our teams who competed at the 21st Century Cheer competition in Gormanston. Great results achieved!
Assassins - 1st place - Youth Level 1
Defiance - 3rd place - Senior Level 1
Shade - 2nd place - Junior prep Level 1
Wicked Women - 4th place - Senior Level 2
Iron ladies - 1st place - Senior Level 3
Icons - 1st place - Senior All Star Level 5
Alliance - 1st place - Senior Coed Level 5
Shane - 2nd place - Solo Tumbling Level 5
Annalee, Casey & Katie - 2nd place - Junior Trio
Our club also received the most prestigious award of all...the 21CC Spirit Cup...for showing great team spirit and support not only towards our own club teams but also towards teams from the other clubs competing! We really do have an amazing group of young athletes....and their cheering parents of course!!
Celtic Spirit Competition March 9th Breaffy House Hotel Co Mayo March 9th
All Cheer teams will compete at this event. March 9th
There will be a bus service available on the day. Bus must be booked in advance.
All Recreational Gymnastic Programs held on Saturdays will not have class this day.
Worlds team fundraiser
Our Level 5 Cheerleading Team has once again won a bid to compete at the Invite only Cheerleading Worlds. This year representing Celtic Spirit Cheer and Dance, the team will be traveling to Orlando to compete against the best in the world and try to beat our score and placement from last year! This is an expensive trip and we need help.
If anyone is in a position to help on our fundraising team or to sponsor a prize or donate anything helpful to the team this season for the trip, please get in touch or let a member know and we’ll contact you.
We will be hosting a bake sale at this weekend’s Celtic Spirit Competition. If any parent would like to donate bakes, please bring them with you on the day, we would really appreciate the effort.
Showcase April 21st
We will be having a Team Showcase for our Worlds Team on April 21st. We will have all of our athletes compete cheer stunt groups, solos, duos or trios, Trampoline routines, or team gym routines. This is once again a fundraiser and all athletes will be charged €10 for their entry to cover the cost of medals and the venue, with the balance going to the team trip. We are excited to give our gymnasts a chance to showcase their skills too!! VENUE (Galway Lawn Tennis Club Salthill)
EASTER CAMP Members €55 Non Members €60 April 23rd to 26th
April 23rd to 26th Gym and Trampoline Camp All Ages
As always our Camps Book out so don't delay book today.
STUNTWORX NINJA COMING SOON
This will be the first of its kind to hit Irish soil.
Keep an eye on our website for more details.
Opening April 2019 Ballybane Industrial Estate.
April 23rd-26th Gym and Trampoline Camp All Ages
July 1st - 23rd
We would like to welcome you back to a new season at Stuntworx Elite Cheer and Gymnastics.
All CHEERLEADING and GYMNASTICS classes will resume the week starting August 20th. This year club registration will cost €40 and will include personal accident insurance for all athletes. This is compulsory even if your child is already insured elsewhere.
Level 2 and 5 will take extra tumbling lessons as part of their 2 classes per week included in their tuition.
Level 2 Tumbling Tuesday 6-7.30
Level 5 Tumbling Wednesday 6.30-8
Times Likely to change throughout the season.
Induction and Bazookas do not require uniforms, choreography or competition fees so please ignore those sections following.
Bazookas runs for 12 weeks at a rate of €90 per term.
All level 1 classes run for 12 weeks at a rate of €120 per term.
Level on elite teams train twice weekly €170 per term.
All level 2-4 classes run for 12 weeks at a rate of €170 per term.
Please note there is a late fee of €5 which will automatically be added to your account if your fees are more than 7 days late.
Any athletes who have not paid will not take part in class, the administrator will ask a parent to collect the child.
All Level 1-5 teams will wear the same uniform this season. This will be a 3 season uniform so you will be able to sell it on once your athlete grows out of it and requires a new one.
Choreography sessions are being held weekly in September and October and all dates are online. Taking part in choreography means you are accepting your place on the team for the full season. Please commit to your child’s team for the season. Drop outs mid-season are detrimental to the full team, and teach children nothing of the value of commitment and being a part of a team, If you would prefer to be on a non-competitive team, please inform us now before the season kicks off!
We are looking forward to a very successful and productive year at Stuntworx including brand new teams as well as our Worlds team.
We are looking for committed parents who are willing to take on some responsibility this season.
1. Fundraising Committee Members. This is geared towards our level 5 team making their worlds debut which is a very expensive undertaking. The more help we receive the better.
2. Team Mums. This role will be given to responsible parents of members of each team (1 per team). This person will get a 25% reduction in their fees based on ensuring the following tasks are completed. Applied at the end of the Season.
a. All cheerleaders on the team (up to 25 members) have the team uniform and bow
b. All cheerleaders have paid competition fees
c. Helping to organise your team prior to and at events.
d. Organising 1 team bonding session per term (ie jump lanes, cinema night etc)
This role must be filled by a person with respect for both the club and their child’s team and with the utmost respect for our member’s confidentiality. Please contact us directly to apply.
2 fantastic events for Stuntworx athletes.
IASN March 5th/6th
Guardians 1st Place
Patriots 2nd Place
Assassins 3rd Place
Anarchy 2nd Place
Predators 3rd Place
Bullets 5th Place
Bombshells 1st Place
Endurance 1st Place
Alliance 1st Place
Endurance Grand Champions Prep Cheer
Alliance 2017 Worlds Bid
ICC 20th March
Alliance 1st Place
Iron Ladies 5th Place