All cheers for 10 year an­niver­sary

Claire takes over as club’s new head coach

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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