Champion Norwich cheerleading club go Stateside

A cheerleading club will swap Norwich for Florida to take part in World Championships next year.

Brave Allstars, on Europa Way, was only opened in October 2017 and has already been invited to participate in one of the most prestigious cheerleading competitions in the world - The Summit in the USA.

They are the first group in the UK to receive an invitation in their first competitive season.

Global success is becoming commonplace for the cheerleading troupe.

In their first international competition, which took place in Barcelona, they scored the top two places on the leader board.

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Amber Matthews, the head coach and a programme director, said: "We 100pc knew this was going to be a challenge and the win was very unexpected.

"There was a lot of screaming of excitement. Quite a few of the girls were crying with excitement too!"

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Devise, one of the two teams under Brave Allstars, achieved the highest score in the event - 97pc.

They won the international senior level one division, and were senior and open cheer grand champions.

This is all the more impressive given that the team only had two sessions to prepare and practise the winning routine.

It was also their first ever season of competing and, for many of the cheerleaders, their third competition to date.

Elaine Matthews, the owner of Brave Allstars and a programme director, said: "These girls look up to Amber, who is an amazing role model, she still cheers internationally herself and she is very excited about introducing and sharing her love and dedication to the sport of Allstar Cheerleading."

Brave Allstars is open to anyone from the age of four, and holds try-outs once a year for a spot on their teams.

Ms Matthews added: "It creates some amazing opportunities for our local young people of Norfolk.

"Cheerleading is a great team for support and is a great opportunity to make friends and keep fit whilst building confidence and improving self esteem. At Brave the atmosphere really is something special."

Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

It involves movements from stunting to dance choreographed into a 2.5 minute routine.

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