Introduction and club history

Heriot-Watt Cheerleading Club started out as a society in 2013 and received a club status within the Sports Union in 2014. We do All-Star Cheer, involving a fast-paced mix of aerial stunting, tumbling, dance, and jumps. In March of 2015 we entered our first competition (BCA University Nationals) and placed 7th out of 17 clubs in our category. This year we aim to do even better, and also compete in more categories than earlier.

Our Club Charter

In order to adapt to each student’s aspirations within the club we have in 2015 decided to divide the club into two teams: competition squad and recreational/performance squad. We want to provide every student with two weekly practices (one for competitive squad, one for performance squad, and one joint) where we incorporate flexibility, strength, coordination and cardio training. We also feel it is important to support our fellow Sports Union teams.

What does a typical season involve?

The first half of semester 1 will consist of introducing all the basics to new and old team members, where try-outs on the matter are conducted in the beginning of November for the members wanting to do competition. After this the recreational team will have focus on non-competitive performances, such as sports events and Varsity, whereas the competition squad will work with the routine for competition(s). A typical training session will involve conditioning and strength training, followed by stunting or dance, jumps and tumbles. Sessions are as follows:

  • Wednesday 1.30 - 4.30pm, Studio 1
  • Sunday 6.00 - 9.00pm, Studio 1

How do I join?

To become a member of the club, the individual must take out membership to Oriam at a minimum of bronze level. Silver is recommended, as it covers both semesters. Cheerleading can then be joined for a fee of £25 for the year payable at Oriam Reception or online.

For more information, come along to one of our training sessions, or email us at cheerleading@hw.ac.uk or find us on Facebook (just search for Heriot-Watt Cheerleading Club) and message us on there. You can also follow us on Twitter @HeriotWattCheer or @HWUCheer on Instagram.