Cheerleading Club

University College London (UCL)




UCL Lightning is a cheerleading club involved in stunts, jumps, tumbling and dance. We offer weekly training and we are open to people of all abilities. Cheerleading suits all members regardless of their availability or experience; everyone is welcome to join! If you've bought membership, do follow our Facebook group and Instagram page to receive all the necessary information and updates.Although it is difficult to give information with absolute certainty due to the extraordinary circumstances we are experiencing, we will continue to provide updates whenever possible. Here's what we're offering this year: Competitive Membership:Our two competitive teams compete at University National competitions, and we’ve previously won 3 national titles. We plan for both teams to train for 4 hours weekly, however this will depend entirely on the guidelines we must adhere to; we will keep everyone informed throughout the year. As a team sport, attendance at every practice is key and absences affect the whole team as it means a stunt may not be able to be executed safely.  For the 2021-2022 academic year, the cost of our competitive membership will be £100. This covers coaching fees and external venue hire where necessary. Members will be expected to pay for their individual uniforms, competition fees, and transport to external venues. Non-Competitive Membership:For the 2021-2022 academic year, we are introducing a non-competitive team for students who want to train regularly like the competitive teams, but without the pressure of competitions. We plan for this team to train for 2 hours weekly and perform fortnightly at home games for other UCL sports teams during Term 2. Again, this depends entirely on the UK Government and Students' Union guidelines.The cost of our non-competitive membership will be £50. We plan for this team to train for 2 hours weekly by a qualified coach and perform fortnightly at home games for other UCL sports teams in Term 2. Since the non-competitive team will be performing regularly, attendance at every practice is key.Social Membership:Social training involves weekly sessions led by qualified coaches for those interested in trying out cheerleading and picking up skills without the commitment! Sessions will be catered towards conditioning, flexibility and stunting. Sessions will begin in Term 1 and those keen on attending will need to buy a £4 ticket for these sessions to reserve a space. You can find our tickets under 'Events' but will need Social Membership before attending any in-person training. For 2021-2022, the cost of social membership will be £25, with an additional fee of £4 per social training session you attend.Social members can upgrade their membership (by topping up the membership fee) to a non-competitive/competitive one at any time. Remote Membership:This year we are offering free remote membership for anyone who can’t make it to in-person training, or who just wants to train at home. We will be offering weekly Zoom classes so you can pick up new skills or give the sport a try, no commitment needed!If you plan on returning to UCL later in the year, you can purchase a social/non-competitive/competitive one at any time. For 2021-2022, the cost of remote membership will be £0.Socials:We are a very social club and intend to have many virtual, as well as slowly bringing back in-person, socials planned for the year to suit everyone. Team bonding events are also frequently held so you can make friends with the rest of the club and not worry about missing out. Check out the What's On Calendar or 'Events' section of this page to stay up-to-date on what we've got planned!Outreach:We pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive club, annually participating in events such This Girl Can and Pride Week. We also volunteer and fundraise for the community. In 2018, we raised £3,000 for Cancer Research in a sponsored run, and in June of 2020, our members raised £600 for Black Lives Matter by holding an online bow raffle. We hope to continue our community impact as we look for more opportunities to volunteer in the local community. COVID-19 Safety:UCL Lightning Cheerleading Cub is committed to the safety of its club members. We will be encouraging all members to adhere to their own personal responsibility using the Students' Union's COVID-19 guidelines. JOIN THE STORM 2020-21WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING ALL OF YOU! Check out our WebsiteFollow us on InstagramLike us on FacebookUCL Cheerleading Club has signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge. This Club is Pride in Sport Accredited.