The Liverpool Foxes Cheerleading and Dance Squad is a collective of 6 teams, 5 competitive and 1 non-competitive, offering a wide variety of styles and disciplines to suit all abilities. The club became part of Sport Liverpool in 2006 and was part of the Guild prior to that; the club now has over 100 members each year. Liverpool Foxes prides itself on being a friendly and inclusive club regardless of experience.
Cheerleading originated in the 1800s as a way to cheer on sports teams with chants and hand gestures. In the 1800s only males were allowed to participate. In the 1980s, cheerleading began to develop into All-Star cheerleading as we now know it. The sport is now hugely competitive with teams performing complex and high risk routines. Teams have 2-3 minutes to perform a routine. The routines consist of jumps, dance, tumbling and for cheer routines, stunts. It is an intense, exciting sport that requires strength, stamina, enthusiasm and most importantly commitment.
Our University Teams
We practice and perfect the routines throughout the academic year, improving fitness, flexibility, strength and team spirit. Our teams require dedication with some of our competitive teams training over six hours a week. Our competitive teams compete in 2-3 national competitions each year.
Diamond - Level 2 Cheerleading In a level 2 team’s performance you would expect to see dance, tumbling (including back handspring and front handspring as their hardest tumbling pass), jumps and different stunt sections including a pyramid. Our level 2 team (Diamond) had success at ICC University Nationals coming in 2ndplace in 2018; placing 3rd at both Future Cheer University Nationals and BCA University Nationals in 2019 – an incredible achievement!
Sapphire - Level 1 Cheerleading In a level 1 team’s performance you would expect to see dance, tumbling (including back walkover and front walkover as their hardest tumbling pass), jumps and different stunt sections including a pyramid. In 2018, our level 1 team (Sapphire) won 1st place at Future Cheer University Nationals and furthered their success by placing 2nd at ICC University Nationals; the team placed well in 2019 and hope to further their previous success this year.
Ruby - Pom Team In cheerleading, Pom teams compete at competitions and also, at half time, in global sporting events. In a Pom performance you can expect dance skills such as fouettes, jumps, tumbles and of course the traditional cheerleading pom-poms. Ruby is an incredible team that represents our club not only at national competitions but at both the Christie Cup and Varsity. In 2018, Ruby placed 1st in the Christie Cup helping our University win first overall.
Pearl - Jazz Team Within cheerleading, jazz teams compete and also perform in sports teams’ half-time shows. In a jazz performance you can expect dance skills: fouettes, pirouettes, leaps, lifts and intricate movements. Pearl has enjoyed tremendous success, achieving 1stplace at ICC University Nationals a number of years (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018).
Onyx - Hip-Hop Team Within cheerleading hip-hop teams compete and also perform in sports teams’ half-time shows. In a hip-hop routine you can expect dance skills: lifts, jumps, tumbles, and complex movements. Onyx continues to improve and places higher and higher with each year.
Topaz - Non-competitive Cheerleading This team is the epitome of traditional cheerleading! The team is full of enthusiasm, cheering on the American Football team (The Raptors) every Sunday at their matches. Topaz learn chants, dances and basic stunts to perform at the half-time show. The team is also a development team with the opportunity to learn new tumbles, develop their strength and stamina to perform higher level stunts. The team of 40-50 girls trains once a week and is perfect for beginners to the sport.
We pride ourselves not only on our dedication to the sport and impressive results, but also the club’s fantastic social side. With an international tour at Easter, large Christmas and summer events and a packed social calendar. We have socials every two weeks throughout the academic year; you can be sure to make some great friends and memories with us!
We hope that you’ll consider joining Foxes as a sporting option at Liverpool; it will take commitment and hard work, but we can guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time and make friends for life.
If you are interested in joining our club and want more information don’t hesitate to contact us on our social media or come see us at our stall at Freshers Fair in the sports hall!
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