All cheers for 10 year anniversary
Claire takes over as club’s new head coach
A Rutherglen cheerleading squad are getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
SLS Allstars Cheer and Dance group was set up in 2006 at Stonelaw High.
Since then they have grown from a handful of girls to one of the best clubs in the country with over 70 members.
Their new session kicks off on Tuesday, August 16, with a new head coach hoping to put her own mark on things.
Claire Senior, 25, joined the cheerleading club at Stonelaw when she was just 13 and was one of the first members when that club became SLS two years later.
She has been a member since and now finds herself taking charge after former head coach Laura Harkins had to take a back seat due to work commitments.
Claire said: “I was assistant coach to Laura from the start having started at the age of 13 when it was just a lunch club in Stonelaw.
“We’ve done pretty well over the past 10 years. We’ve competed all over the country and won titles in Scotland and England having competed in places like Newcastle, Liverpool and Blackpool.
“I don’t think there’s been a year we have not won a trophy.”
Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and Claire has seen that first hand at SLS.
And she reckons it has played a key role to play in getting young girls involved in physical activity.
“It’s so much more popular in the UK now,” she says. “Obviously it was already huge in America.
“I had always been interested in gymnastics and acrobatics. Cheerleading isn’t just about dance and pom-poms cheering on football teams. We go out and compete and perform stunts.
“One of the things we are most proud of is that we have got so many young girls involved in sport.
“There are girls who have been here for 10 years, so they tend to stick with it.
“It’s brilliant for keeping fit and it’s certainly different from the usual ballet classes or whatever on a Saturday morning.
“We’ve had a few boys along as well but the majority have been girls. I think maybe the boys are intimidated but we’ve had a few, particularly in the gymnastics side to it”
The club currently train on a Tuesday and Wednesday night at Stonelaw. After a summer of taster sessions August 16 will be their registration night.
Claire, who used to work in a cabin crew team, added: “Because we have expanded we have 16 classes throughout the week and I’ve taken on the role full-time and I have assistant coaches to help.
“Organising things is actually the hard part. Coaching is the easy part.”
For more information search for SLS Allstars Cheer and Dance on Facebook to find their page.
Anniversary Cheering for 10 years, and inset, Claire Senior, 25, joined the cheerleading club at Stonelaw when she was just 13