Eighty youngsters are now members of the Spirit Elite a cheerleading squad set up in Uckfield just eight months ago.
And if you haven’t already seen them out and about performing in the area, as they did during Uckfield Late Night Shopping in December, then the chances are you will do shortly because they are accepting more invitations to perform these days, writes Cathy Watson.
Spirit Elite was launched by teacher Bexx Carr, a former captain of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Gullys Girls who went on to compete with the Chichester Cheetahs at Chichester University where she studied dance.
Her squad meets on Wednesdays at Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre where four sessions are held.
Rising Stars welcomes four to seven-year-olds, Shooting Stars 1 is for seven to nine-year-olds, Shooting Stars 2, is for nine to 11-year-olds, and Super Stars is for secondary school age. There are still spaces for children in the younger age groups.
Bexx said Spirit Elite performed at the Framfield Primary School fete last year and took part in a show in Forest Row in September, as well as performing at late night shopping which proved a huge success for them.
They also held their own fancy dress Hallowe’en party in October when there were games and a cake sale to raise funds for an inflatable air track which will provide a softer floor to help the squad improve their tumbling and gymnastics.
This year Bexx is planning to enter Spirit Elite – as many members as would like to – in its first cheerleading competition at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, in November.
Bexx said: “The kids are improving quickly and it will be fun for them, and confidence-building, to take part in a competition.”
If you would like to learn more about Spirit Elite Bexx can be contacted on 07446 844052 or by email at spiritelitecheersquad@hotmail.