A VOLUNTARY cheerleading troupe in Amber Valley is continuing to go from strength to strength as it approaches its first anniversary.
The increasingly popular Amber Valley Arrowetts is a competition stunt troupe which caters for four to 24-year-olds with members entering cheerleading competitions all over the UK.
The troupe is made up of three age groups and currently has 66 members with more children joining every week.
Amanda Hardwick is one of the instructors, who teaches each age group twice a week, and says the troupe is a chance for children to exercise, socialise and express themselves in a safe environment.
“The troupe is a really great thing for the community and really brings people together,” said Amanda.
“We recently had an event which was attended by 250 people including parents, councillors and the mayor of Amber Valley who said he didn’t even know that we existed but was very impressed.
“The troupe teaches children discipline, how to excel themselves and is very good for their well-being, a lot of parents and children have commented on the club being a safe, non-bullying environment.”
There are three groups within the Amber Valley Arrowetts - the first is called The Red Arrows troupe and is made up of children between five and 12.
The second troupe - The Shooting Arrows also made up of children between five and 12 years old and the last group is The Arrows troupe for children aged 12 and over.
The troupe also host in-house show competitions, where anybody is invited to watch competition routines, while cheerleaders also their solo routines.
“In learning cheerleading, the squad acquire valuable skills which can be applied outside of the training sessions in everyday life,” added Amanda, whose daughter is also a cheerleader.
“Our training improves posture, flexibility, stamina teamwork and co-ordination through the learning of routines.
“Ballet is more than just pom poms and jumping, it is a platform to express yourself creatively and grow in confidence.
“We pride ourselves in creating a disciplined backdrop where your child can start their lifelong passion for cheerleading whilst enjoying themselves and making new friends .”
The Amber Valley Arrowetts has been running since September last year and trains at Alfreton Leisure Centre every Wednesday and Sunday, from 4-7pm.
All coaches are qualified to the standard of the British Cheerleading Association and anyone who is interested in joining does not need any previous experience in gymnastics as all children are trained from basic level.
Entrance is just £2.50 for children and Amanda is urging more children to try the novel form of exercise which she says is a pleasure to teach.
“The kids have a lot of respect for the instructors and we get a real buzz out of teaching them,” added Amanda.
“It is nice for the children to look up to us because we are a role model for them and they are always very well behaved.
“The troupe only consist of three gymnasts and everybody else has trained from scratch and have become fully fledged cheerleaders.”
For more information about the troupe visit www.avarrows.moonfruit.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively call any of three coaches - Amanda Hardwick on 07813 271735, Jessica Edwards on 07891 950611 or Ann-Marie Hackett on 07850 044910.