Three cheers for national champs

June 02 2017

BRISTOL Metropolitan Academy’s cheerleading team Storm Angels Tornados have just been crowned national champions in their division at the Telford national finals.

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BRISTOL Metropolitan Academy’s cheerleading team Storm Angels Tornados have just been crowned national champions in their division at the Telford national finals. 

Not only that but they also gained the highest score, making them national grand champions, after beating five other teams in the competition.

 Previously the team competed in Guildford at the southern schools finals, coming first to win through to the nationals.

 There are 45 athletes in the cheerleading team. Every year there are trials for the squad where they select the top 28 cheerleaders from Years 7-10 who then become the competition team.  

This is the first year boys have joined the team, currently they have two boys training with the squad.

The squad won medals, two fantastic trophies, a banner to be displayed in the academy and £125 which will be spent on display boards promoting the squad’s achievements which will be displayed around the academy.

 Sian Angell, Head of Girls PE, said: “This means absolutely everything to me and the team. I started this project four years ago thinking it would be an after school club but it has grown massively - we have about 60 athletes every year who want to take part. 

“The cheerleading team also attracts the sort of students you would not normally see in and around the PE department who have won a place in this team. It's a fantastic environment for students to develop and grow in confidence. 

“Cheerleading has just become an Olympic sport so who knows? We may have a few stars of the future in our squad.”