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Erdington schoolgirls shine in cheerleading competition

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

By Dan Newbould

Edmund Campion cheerleaders with their trophies.

Edmund Campion cheerleaders with their trophies.

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PUPILS from an Erdington school shone at a regional cheerleading competition.

Girls from St Edmund Campion Catholic School took second in one competition and third in another in what was most of the girls' first attempt in a competition.

The UKCA (United Kingdom Cheerleading Association) is a regional competition for Walsall, Dudley, Birmingham and their surrounding areas.

The young ladies, who range from Year Seven to Year Nine, competed in the Junior B Level 2 and took third place, whilst the stunt group in Junior B Level 2 were runners-up.

Scott Brierley, who is in charge of the school's extra-curricular activities and is events manager & educational visit co-ordinator, spoke of his pride. He said: "I'm extremely proud of the girls with all of the effort and hard work they have put in over the last year, you would never believe that they have been cheerleading for less than a year. I would like to say well done to all of them.

"They've been training all year but have made massive improvements in the last few months as the competition got closer."

The girls trained weekly in preparation for the event, which took place on July 13 at Shelfield Community Academy in Pelsall.

"The girls have also been working with Urban Empire who offer a wide range of cheerleading disciplines.

"They stayed behind after school finished early on a Wednesday.

"They are overwhelmed at how well they did and their trainers Hayley Fox and Sam Brown were stunned by how well they had come on."

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