Finding Your Wings – Schools Competition

Finding Your Wings – Schools Competition

Pupils from deprived area primary schools get a chance to compete in a cheerleading competition.

For the last 3 months, school children from across Leeds have been training and practising cheerleading routines in anticipation of the upcoming local schools competition.

Cheerleading is a new, exciting, and glamorous sport, but also expensive and so wouldn’t be expected to be seen in an inner city area like Little London, but thanks to the support of Leeds City Community Support Officers and Aviator Allstars cheerleaders, pupils from Little London, Quarry Mount, and Blenheim Primary schools will put on their school colours, grab their pom pons, and compete with alongside the bigger schools of Leeds for the title of “School Cheerleading Champion.”

The project was the idea of Rachel Pearson and Tim Peffers, cheerleading coaches of the National Champion Aviator Allstars and Leeds Celtics cheerleaders, who wanted to give more children the opportunity to get fit, have fun, and experience the opportunity to be a real cheerleader. They are confident that the inner city kids will take advantage of the opportunity, rise to the challenge, and bring home medals.

The competition will be held on Thursday the 26th of March at Leeds University at 3-5pm in the sports hall. The school children will compete with other Leeds schools for the chance to take away the Grand Champion trophy, and will also be treated to a performance by Aviator Allstars’ cheerleading team, who have recently returned from the British National Championships with 3 1st places.

About the Teams

Primary School Division

Blenheim Primary School:
Coached by John 'Tats Harkins, these inner city children came through difficult circumstances to come and together and perform brilliantly at the competition.

Little London Community Primary School:
Winners at the first ever 'Finding your wings' cheerleading competition, Little London were coached by resident teacher and Aviator coach John 'Tats' Harkins and Rachel Pearson. The school was so pleased with the pupil's progress during the sessions that it found funding to supply the children with uniforms, purchased through Aviator Allstars.

Quarry Mount Primary School:
Coached by Becky Hughes and Amy Benville, these pupils did an outstanding job of coming second despite having less than 2 months to prepare for the competition.

Secondary School Division

Benton Park school:
Winners of the secondary schools competition, coached by Rachel Pearson, Benton Park has been a particularly successful program. This enthusiastic team had already competed at the Schools Sports Partnership Regional Competition, where they won the award for Best Upcoming Team. This also secured their place in the West Yorkshire Youth Games Cheerleading Competition. Many of the members of the school have also become part of the Undiscovered Talent Program.

Lawsnwood school:
Lawnswood's routine wowed the judges, prompting this elite unit to win the Judges Choice Award for the outstanding creativity in their routine, and their advanced stunting skills. Their coach Tim Peffers was especially proud of their evolution as a team and attitude; always pushing to learn more advanced skills each session.


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Aviator Allstars are proud to be forming partnerships with numerous local schools in the Leeds area.

Our mission is to make "real" cheerleading accessible to as many young people as possible, by giving them top quality coaching and a great all-round experience. Our program aspires to teach growing young adults how to work together as a team. We are passionate about developing our local talent and helping young people achieve new goals in a fun and safe environment.

We believe our program serves a higher purpose; Cheerleading can be an important piece in developing the character of the people who participate in it. The lessons learned in competitive cheerleading can make its participants winners for life.

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