A cheerleading and dance club from Leigh really has something to cheer about – they’re off to compete in a World Championships in America!
Gemstone Cheer and Dance, which has many young dancers from Lowton and Golborne, was one of only 17 clubs in England who qualified for a place at the Allstar World Championship in Orlando, Florida this May. Their Youth Pom Dance team, Gemstone Topaz – all aged between 10 and 11 – is now ready to show what they’ve got on the global stage.
But getting to America was about more than dancing – each participant has had to raise the funds needed to make their dream come true. The cost of taking part per dancer is in the region of £1,500 to £2,000 including flights, accommodation, kits, entry fees, music licences and insurances. So the club turned to the local community for their help to give their young dancers this once in a lifetime opportunity.
In the past 12 months, Gemstone have had the support of nine local business sponsors, who’ve helped with training kit, costumes and equipment, and held multiple events to help raise money towards flights and accommodation for the team.
Among the events was a curry event at The Raj where X Factor’s Nathan Grisdale sang and Super League rugby stars Joe Phiblin & Matty Davis did a live Q&A – all free of charge to help raise money.
The club say the support from the community has also been “fantastic”.
Head Coach, Lydia, said: “This is the opportunity of a lifetime for these young people to be offered the chance to go to this prestigious event. It is an incredible achievement to be attending, regardless of the fact they are going at such a young age. We are all bursting with pride!”
The Team fly out to Florida next Friday. We will keep you up to date with how they get on!
Good luck, Gemstone Topaz!
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