Cheerleaders say ‘bring on Disneyland’

TESCO ST ROLLOX, ECO DAY, BAG FOR LIFE 'JC POM POMS DANCE SCHOOL WITH NICOLA PRINGLE,SEAN MCCARTER-CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER AND CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM'EMMA MITCHELL 3/10/09
TESCO ST ROLLOX, ECO DAY, BAG FOR LIFE 'JC POM POMS DANCE SCHOOL WITH NICOLA PRINGLE,SEAN MCCARTER-CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER AND CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM'EMMA MITCHELL 3/10/09

ATHLETIC girls are getting set for the trip of a lifetime after making the World Cheerleading Championships at Disneyland in Orlando.

The event will take place over four days in April at the Epcot Centre, famous for hosting the teen cheerleading film ‘Bring It On’.

The prestigious World Cheerleading Competition is by invitation only.

JC Pompoms, who train up to six nights a week at Twechar Healthy Living Centre, secured their place in the event when they triumphed in the UK National Cheerleading Competition at the SECC last April.

Proud mum Angela McEvoy, whose 16-year-old daughter Joanne is one of the 15 talented girls going on the trip, said: “I couldn’t speak for a week after that – I was so delighted! Even if they don’t get anywhere at the championships, just

the experience of being able to dance on a world stage will be amazing.

“It’s a real opportunity for the girls and one they’re really looking forward to.”

The squad, coached by Joanne Carr, have been busy raising the £7,500 needed to fund their trip to the Sunshine State. Around 20 teams from across the world will compete for cheerleading’s ultimate prize next month.

And things are looking good at training.

Angela added: “We brought a choreographer over from America who worked with the girls and she was very impressed.”

The girls, aged between 15 and early 20s, have a dance routine which lasts around two-and-a-half minutes.

Eleven mums are also making the trip over to Orlando with the squad.

Some of the cheerleaders are pictured during a fundraiser at Tesco St Rollox.