East Manchester students win national cheerleading award

cheerleadingA cheerleading team from Melland High School, part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, has won a prestigious UK Cheerleading Association award at a championship held at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

The Melland High cheer squad came top of the disability category with a performance so captivating it prompted one of the judges to comment: “Diversity should watch out!”

With only two weeks to rehearse, the Melland Stars put together an urban street-style routine – all of which they choreographed, rehearsed and executed themselves. On the day itself they racked up an impressive 124-point total, to critical acclaim from the judges.

Sue Warner, Principal at Melland High School said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our cheer squad has won this award.

“It was a tremendous performance that they worked incredibly hard for in a very short space of time to pull this all together.

“We are incredibly proud at Melland to offer students the chance to get involved in mainstream competitions like this UKCA championship, and the fact that we can not only compete, but come out on top, shows just how fantastic our pupils really are.”