Introduction and Club history
Heriot-Watt Cheerleading Club started out as a society in 2013 and received a club status within the Sports Union (SU) in 2014. We do All-Star Cheer, involving a fast-paced mix of aerial stunting, tumbling, dance, and jumps. The club welcomes all levels of experience whether you have experience in cheerleading, gymnastics, dance or no experience at all, everyone is welcome. We have been both a co-ed team and all girl team, where co-ed in cheerleading terms means mixed male and female. In March of 2015 we entered our first competition (BCA University Nationals) and placed 7th out of 17 clubs in our category (Level 2 All Girl). In 2016 we went on to come 1st place in Level 2 Co-ed at BCA, then in 2017, our stunt group, Heriot-Watt Wolves Yellow, came 1st place in the University Level 2 all girl category. In 2018 we competed in both All Star Nationals coming 3rd place and University Nationals to come 4th place. Our performance team are able to attend various showcases and performance opportunities throughout the year. We are still a fairly new club to the university, but are growing fast, and won the SU Club Development trophy in 2016.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.