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New committee and coaching positions!

In advance of the 2019/2020 season we decided to introduce a few new committee and coaching positions to aid the development of the team. The new positions are: Welfare Secretary (Moesha Laptey); Fitness Secretary (Georgia Skill) and Tumbling Coach (Tilly Das-Gupta). As with our other committee and coaching positions, the new roles are fulfilled by current University of Sheffield students and Sabrecat members!

Welfare Secretary- Moesha Laptey

In light of increasing concerns about mental health and wellbeing, especially amongst university students, we decided to develop the Social and Inclusions Secretary role by creating the new role of Welfare Secretary.

Being active and positive mental health are interlinked so it seems perfect that, as such an active club, we promote not only physical but also mental wellbeing. The role of Welfare Secretary acts as a club counsellor and a friendly face, offering advice and support to all and any stunt cheerleaders. Any issues shared with Moesha are fully confidential and Sabrecats can speak to her about issues both within and external to cheer. The University of Sheffield counselling services will also support Moesha in her new role to allow her to provide the best help and to make sure her wellbeing is also a priority.

As this role is new it will develop and evolve in order to best fit the needs of the team. Wellbeing and happiness is at the heart of the Sabrecats ethos and so we hope that by introducing this new role we can help tackle university mental health.

Fitness Secretary- Georgia Skill

The upcoming 2019/2020 season will mark our second season as a Sport Sheffield Performance Sport. This is a great achievement and as part of this title Sabrecats have free access to strength and conditioning (S&C) sessions once a week to improve fitness. There was so much progress in the strength and confidence of our cheerleaders in the first year of regular S&C sessions we decided to introduce a Fitness Secretary to expand on this!

Working closely with Sport Sheffield, Georgia has the responsibility of devising and monitoring S&C sessions to make sure the sessions reflect the type of strength required for stunts, tumbles and jumps. To further focusing on the strength elements of cheerleading, the Fitness Secretary also creates personalised flexibility and endurance fitness plans.

There are also plans for Georgia to oversee and organise an intramural netball team for cheerleaders to compete against departmental netball teams. This is a great way for Sabrecats to try a different sport and work in a team with cheerleaders outside their normal squad.

Tumbling Coach- Tilly Das-Gupta

Tumbling is an integral element of cheerleading and, as the personal tumbling experiences of all our coaches can vary, we decided to introduce an experienced coach who can specifically focus on tumbling across all squads!

During all our training sessions for competitive squads we have time dedicated to improving tumbling but having a tumbling coach means these sessions will be more productive and we hope to see improvements in our tumbling scores for all competition teams. Tilly herself is an experienced gymnast and gymnastics coach so has experience teaching high and low level tumbling to both experienced and beginner athletes.


Sabrecats Promo 2017-18

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Check out our amazing new promo video for the year, and find out exactly what stunt cheerleading is all about, including how you can get involved.

You can also take a look at our Youtube channel for more videos of our competition and Varsity routines.


Want to get involved in stunt cheerleading?

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We’re starting to prepare for our 2017/18 season and you can be involved! We welcome all abilities and you don’t need to have any cheerleading experience in order to join the club.

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We’ll be holding a Give It A Go session on Saturday 23rd September 2017 for anyone who wants to try stunt cheerleading. We’ll be meeting at 12pm on the concourse in front of the Students’ Union and the session will take you through the basics of stunts, jumps and tumbles.

Stunt cheerleading is a great sport for both men and women whether you’ve done anything like it before or are just feeling inspired by the Olympics and want to try something new! Tickets for this introductory session are just £3 and are available from the Student’s Union Box Office, online or on the door.

After Give It A Go, we’ll be holding 2 weeks of taster sessions before our team trials and you’ll be able to find out more information about these closer to the time on our Facebook page.

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If you have any questions you can get in touch with our committee via email (cheerleading@sheffield.ac.uk), Facebook or by coming to see us at the university Sports Fair in The Octagon on Friday 22nd September.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with our latest news and events. We hope to see you in Intro Week in September or at Give It A Go!


2016/17 Season Review

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The Sheffield Sabrecats had another exceptional year with success across all squads, both in and out of competitions with a highlight being Gold Squad once again becoming National Champions at the ICC British Open Championships and also winning a bid to the ICC Battle of the Champions 2018.

Performances

Our Games and Development Squad, which has now been renamed the Blue Squad, has been steadily increasing in size over the past few years, and this year saw our biggest Blue Squad to date, with over 40 members and with the help of the Blue Squad Coach, Chloe Davey, they produced a very impressive routine at the Sheffield Sabres’ home games throughout the year as well as putting on an exceptional performance at our annual Showcase event.

We also had members from our Blue Squad and competition teams perform together at the Rugby Union and League, Football, American Football and Lacrosse events at Varsity 2016.

Competitions

We continued to have competition teams competing at All Girl Level 3 (Black Squad) and Co-Ed Level 2 (Gold Squad), plus Group Stunts competing at Levels 2-6. At our first competition of the year, Future Cheer University Nationals in Birmingham, Group Stunts Level 3 and 5 came 2nd, Black Squad came 3rd and Gold Squad came 4th.

A few weeks later at Future Cheer Circus Spectacular, which was in our home city, we once again had a huge amount of support from the Sabres and some of our alumni and friends and family. Black Squad, Group Stunts Level 3 and 5 all came 1st, Group Stunts Level 2, 3 and 4 came 2nd and Gold Squad came 3rd.

Our final competition of the year was at ICC British Open Championships and it resulted in Gold Squad once again being awarded 1st place and being named National Champions, as well as winning a bid to ICC Battle of Champions 2018 and in a very tough category Black Squad put on an amazing performance and were awarded 6th place.

This topped off yet another fantastic competition season which exceeded the last and a massive thank you to all the coaches for all their hard work this year and for creating some exceptional routines!

Charity and Events

Outside of cheerleading, we were busy organising and taking part in a variety of charity events. We took part in the annual “Do It For You” Day held in conjunction with Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which was our chosen charity for the year. This day allows current and former childhood cancer patients the opportunity to take part in a number of different sports, including cheerleading!

We also held various other fundraising events including bake sales, themed training sessions, a 24 hour cycle-a-thon and most impressively running the Sheffield Half Marathon and we’ve raised over £1500!

We also got the opportunity to feature in a Thomas Cook Airlines UK campaign which was an amazing opportunity and great fun! In addition to this, a few of the Sabrecats will be supporting Thomas Cook UK in the parade during Manchester Pride 2017 which we are all so excited about!

 

Once again, a huge thank you to our sponsors and our fantastic committee and coaches for all their hard work over the past year!


Team Announcements

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After another very successful Give It A Go Stunt Cheerleading event and 2 weeks of taster sessions we held our team tryouts this morning. We had over 80 people try out for a place on one of our 3 teams and we were all very impressed with the standard!

Emails will be sent out to everyone by the morning of Monday 10th October letting them know whether they’ll be training with Black Squad (All Girl Level 3), Gold Squad (Co-Ed Level 2) or our Games and Development Squad for the next year, plus they’ll be an information pack to answer any questions you may have.

Our first whole club social will be on Wednesday 12th October, starting out with team bonding sessions before moving on to a social with the Sabres American Football Club at Bar One and then ROAR at the Students’ Union.

We can’t wait to start training and get to know everyone properly at our first social of the year!

For more information and updates check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (shefsabrecats).



Sabrecats Promo 2016/17

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Take a look at our brand new promo video for 2016/17 to find out more about the club and why you should get involved in stunt cheerleading!

You can also check out our YouTube playlists to see more of our competition and Varsity routines.


Want to get involved in stunt cheerleading?

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We’re starting to prepare for our 2016/17 season and you can be involved! We welcome all abilities and you don’t need to have any cheerleading experience in order to join the club.

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We’ll be holding a Give It A Go session on Saturday 24th September 2016 for anyone who wants to try stunt cheerleading. We’ll be meeting at 12.15pm on the concourse in front of the Students’ Union and the session will take you through the basics of stunts, jumps and tumbles.

Stunt cheerleading is a great sport for both men and women whether you’ve done anything like it before or are just feeling inspired by the Olympics and want to try something new! Tickets for this introductory session are just £3 and are available from the Student’s Union Box Office, online or on the door.

After Give It A Go, we’ll be holding 2 weeks of taster sessions before our team trials and you’ll be able to find out more information about these closer to the time on our Facebook page.

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If you have any questions you can get in touch with our committee via email (cheerleading@sheffield.ac.uk), Facebook or by coming to see us at the university Sports Fair in The Octagon on Friday 23rd September.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with our latest news and events. We hope to see you in Intro Week in September or at Give It A Go!


2015/16 Season Review

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The Sheffield Sabrecats have had an exceptionally successful year, with success both inside and outside of competitions, including winning the title of National Champions at the ICC British Championships.

 

Performances:

Our Games and Development Squad increased in size this year and performed a very impressive routine at Sheffield Sabres’ home games throughout the year as well as performing at our annual Showcase event for the first time.

We also had members from our development and competition teams perform together at the Football and American Football events at Varsity 2016.

 

Competitions:

We’ve continued to have competition teams competing at All Girl Level 3 (Black Squad) and Co-Ed Level 2 (Gold Squad), plus Group Stunts competing at Levels 3, 4 and 6. At our first competition this year, Future Cheer Heart of England in Birmingham, Gold Squad and Group Stunt Level 6 came 1st and Black Squad and Group Stunts Level 3 and 4 came 2nd.

A couple of weeks later, we were back competing in our home city at Future Cheer Circus Spectacular, and were lucky to have a huge amount of support from the Sabres and some of our alumni. Group Stunts Level 4 and 6 came 1st, Black Squad and Group Stunt Level 3 came 3rd and Gold Squad came 4th. The score for Group Stunt Level 4 was also one of the highest scores a Sabrecats Group Stunt has ever achieved!

Our final competition at the ICC British Championships in March resulted in Gold Squad becoming National Champions and Black Squad getting 3rd place in the University division. This topped off a fantastic competition season and one of the most successful years the club has had!

 

Charity:

Outside of cheerleading, we were busy organising and taking part in a variety of charity events. Once again we took part in the annual “Do It For You” Day held in conjunction with Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This day allows current and former childhood cancer patients the opportunity to take part in a number of different sports, including cheerleading!

We also continued our long standing relationship with our sponsored charity Breast Cancer Care this year. Our fundraising events have included bake sales, themed training sessions, a 24 hour cycle-a-thon and most impressively running the Sheffield Half Marathon and we’ve raised over £1500!

 

Thank you once again to our sponsors and our fantastic committee and coaches for all their hard work over the last year!

 


Website Update

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We’re currently in the process of giving our website a much needed update!

We’ll have more information on how to join us in the 2016/17 academic year in the next few days, but in the meantime you can get in touch via email at cheerleading@sheffield.ac.uk or via Facebook. You can also check out our Instagram and Twitter!