23rd May 2017


Giants Cheerleading Squad and Huddersfield Community trust shortlisted for Examiner Community Awards

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Huddersfield Giants Cheerleading Squad have been nominated for the Examiner’s Sports Team of the Year award and Arts Award.

The Giants Competitive Cheerleading Squad have enjoyed success through the year after they made it through to the national finals with some impressive performances at regional level, earning them a place on the shortlist for the Sports Team of the Year Award.

The squad has been involved in extremely competitive events for the past three years, these feature two and a half minute performances that include acrobatic stunts and high risk routines.

During the regional Yorkshire competitions in 2016 the Cheerleaders achieved two second place finishes at Junior and Senior Level 1, a third place position with Junior Level 3 and fifth place with the Mini Level 1 team.

As a result of these successes the squad were awarded with a place in the national finals which take place in Birmingham in July.

The Sports Team of the Year award will be announced on Thursday 25th May at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Dance and Fitness Manager at Huddersfield Community Trust, Bernie Morley was delighted to see the Giants Cheerleaders Squad make the awards shortlist and praised all the hard work that has gone into the project:

“Allstar cheerleading is much more than the stereotyped image people often portray. Competitive cheerleading is when cheer squads compete against each other at a competition very much like you see in a competitive gymnastics environment.”

“At a typical cheerleading competition, teams perform a 2 and a half minute routine with music that includes stunts, jumps, tumbling, dance pyramids and basket tosses. These routines are judged by a panel of cheerleading experts on difficulty and execution, any falls, wobbles or mistakes could be the difference between first and last place. The proximity in some of our recent competitions has been as little as 0.5 between teams and when you work for 5 months to get to perform your skills in a 2min 30 second window it can end in euphoria or devastation.”

“Our athletes are conditioned not only in their bodies but also taught that sometimes life can throw you curve balls and its learning how to deal with them that is the most important. It’s not always about the trophy but the lessons learnt along the way. The squad are amazingly close and have a great appreciation for each other and respect for their coach.”

Good luck to the Cheerleading squad from everyone at Huddersfield Giants.

The Dance Zone also earned a place on the shortlist for the Arts Award for the many projects they have recently undertaken as part of the Huddersfield Community Trust.

One of which was the Big Dance Project which was a collaborative dance performance involving more than 250 dancers from 12 schools across Kirklees.

It was a six-week project in which they learned about dance and choreography for the Elton John hit “I’m Still Standing” to perform at the John Smith’s Stadium at half-time during the Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos match.

There was also a place at the Dacia Magic Weekend for 16 Kirklees youngsters in which they performed alongside more than 600 other dances from around the UK after working with industry professionals to perform in front of over 30,000 people.

Additionally, 16 children attended a week long holiday camp at the Wicked Musical Theatre Summer to work with industry professionals who have featured in West End shows.

The group learned about theatre production and were actively involved in taking part in arts activities themselves through reviewing professional performances and sharing their skills with others.

The whole project as seen many youngsters become educated with a number of arts skills including dance and are currently awaiting for the accreditations from Trinity College from the completion of the project.

Good luck to everyone involved at the Dance Zone from all at Huddersfield Giants.


Heikki Kovalainen





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