Cheers for the class

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CHEERLEADING will now be taught in Basingstoke schools after a new scheme was launched in the town.

The Basingstoke Schools Cheerleading Competition has been rolled out to infant, junior, primary and secondary schools in the borough.

The idea was thought up by Debbie Steel, chair of The Basingstoke Wolverines, who wanted more children to experience the benefits of cheerleading.

For the past year, she has worked on a draft for the initiative, and now it has been launched, with 12 schools already signing up to take part.

The scheme involves PE teachers at schools receiving training, education and support to run a cheerleading squad at their school, and coaching conferences to give an induction into cheerleading.

Qualified and experienced coaches will support and guide the teaching staff, with the project culminating each year in two cheerleading competitions.

Mrs Steel said: “Cheerleading is an exciting and challenging athletic discipline which has exploded in the UK since it came over from the US in 1988.

“It incorporates aerial stunts, jumps, gymnastic and dance elements which are all choreographed into a routine to a specifically edited piece of music. It also promotes trust, confidence and raises self esteem and social skills.”

A new website will provide information, support, guidance and an overview of the initiative for schools signing up to take part.

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4:24pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Mayor_Joe_Quimby says...

This is great. It's nice to see the standard of education improving all the time.

This is great. It's nice to see the standard of education improving all the time. [this post is designed for you to calibrate you sarcasm test meters to full scale deflection] Mayor_Joe_Quimby

5:09pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Bill1933 says...

I carnt reed an rite but I can jump up and dwn looking a twit
I carnt reed an rite but I can jump up and dwn looking a twit Bill1933

11:26am Wed 27 Jun 12

Mayor_Joe_Quimby says...

Are those Brighton Hill uniforms I see??? As in 'Inadequate' Brighton Hill? Nice to see they have the core values correct.

The legacy of Labour - destroying the education system and standards in schools, so much so that when an individual head teacher destroys a school, Labour pick him for a ward councillor.

:slow sarcastic hand clap:
Are those Brighton Hill uniforms I see??? As in 'Inadequate' Brighton Hill? Nice to see they have the core values correct. The legacy of Labour - destroying the education system and standards in schools, so much so that when an individual head teacher destroys a school, Labour pick him for a ward councillor. :slow sarcastic hand clap: Mayor_Joe_Quimby

12:22pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Rah Rah
Rah Rah Sam_Walker123456

3:26pm Wed 27 Jun 12

robertspet8 says...

Physical activity should be a core value of all schools. Education is about far more than just what happens in the classroom.
It has been shown that physical activity has so many benefits that it is a national disgrace that it has been pushed further and further down many schools' lists of priorities.
It has been proven that sports and games not only help with such things as social skills and team work but, get this, also help children to improve their performance in the classroom.
On average children who regularly take part in physical activities do better in school than those who do not.
Children should be given an opportunity to take part in physical activity every school day and the more fun things, like cheerleading, there are to do the more children will take advantage of the opportunity.
Just consider why the private sector puts some much store in sports and games.
Physical activity should be a core value of all schools. Education is about far more than just what happens in the classroom. It has been shown that physical activity has so many benefits that it is a national disgrace that it has been pushed further and further down many schools' lists of priorities. It has been proven that sports and games not only help with such things as social skills and team work but, get this, also help children to improve their performance in the classroom. On average children who regularly take part in physical activities do better in school than those who do not. Children should be given an opportunity to take part in physical activity every school day and the more fun things, like cheerleading, there are to do the more children will take advantage of the opportunity. Just consider why the private sector puts some much store in sports and games. robertspet8

3:30pm Wed 27 Jun 12

deepinsight says...

"The legacy of Labour - destroying the education system and standards in schools, so much so that when an individual head teacher destroys a school, Labour pick him for a ward councillor".

Obviously the right-wing BazGaz allowing the right of reply to redress the balance of opinions.
"The legacy of Labour - destroying the education system and standards in schools, so much so that when an individual head teacher destroys a school, Labour pick him for a ward councillor". Obviously the right-wing BazGaz allowing the right of reply to redress the balance of opinions. deepinsight

6:12pm Thu 28 Jun 12

THX 1138 says...

What next - pole dancing! Nothing wrong with cheerleading, but it should be an optional after school activity IMO. If it has to be during PE lessons it should be optional.
What next - pole dancing! Nothing wrong with cheerleading, but it should be an optional after school activity IMO. If it has to be during PE lessons it should be optional. THX 1138

2:33pm Fri 29 Jun 12

robertspet8 says...

THX 1138 wrote:
What next - pole dancing! Nothing wrong with cheerleading, but it should be an optional after school activity IMO. If it has to be during PE lessons it should be optional.
It should be compulsory for all children to take part in regular physical activities at school. However I agree that they should have some choice about which ones they take up - it is far better for them to do something they enjoy rather than something they have to do. Let the pupils have more freedom of choice in the gym than they have in the calssroom.
[quote][p][bold]THX 1138[/bold] wrote: What next - pole dancing! Nothing wrong with cheerleading, but it should be an optional after school activity IMO. If it has to be during PE lessons it should be optional.[/p][/quote]It should be compulsory for all children to take part in regular physical activities at school. However I agree that they should have some choice about which ones they take up - it is far better for them to do something they enjoy rather than something they have to do. Let the pupils have more freedom of choice in the gym than they have in the calssroom. robertspet8

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