Dance teacher Amanda Lambert recently moved to Grantham from Tenerife, where she taught cheerleading classes.
Now settled in the town, Amanda is setting up Lincolnshire Cheer Academy cheerleading classes and a local team called the Grantham Falcons.
* What is your background with regards to cheerleading?
I moved to Grantham in July after living and working in Tenerife for 18 years along with my 15-year-old daughter,Ebony. I am a qualified cheerleading coach and since moving back to the UK my daughter has been chosen to represent England, both in the European Championships and at Worlds. Whilst in Tenerife, I had my own dance school and started introducing cheerleading. This was the best thing I had done in my life. I soon had over 100 children in three levels of cheerleading and we attended many competitions, winning lots of trophies. My Juniors became champions of Spain, qualifying to represent their country at the ICU competiton in Slovenia.
* What are the benefits of cheerleading?
I noticed that there are many children spending time hanging around Asda, etc, with nothing to do and often with no interest and I would like to change that for those who want to try this amazing sport. In Tenerife, I found that once they were involved in cheerleading, it gave them something to focus on, kept them fit, made life-long friends and we became a family. Their experiences with this sport is something they will remember for all their lives. I still receive messages from previous girls who were part of the team, saying how much they miss it.
* Who can get involved?
It is open to girls and boys from age seven years to adult, but I also train children as young as four years. A training session will typically last two hours and 40 minutes of that is warm-up. It is a sport but it is fun through fitness. There are no special requirements to become part of a cheerleading team, just a willingness to be part of the team.
* Will the cheeleaders get involved in community activities?
Once we have a strong enough stunt group we can go out into the community. In Tenerife, I received many awards for my work with the community and when I left the mayor presented me with another award. We would attend any events – it’s not just for football.
* If anybody wants to join in the sessions or wants more information, what should they do?
They can call 07482 299132, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Facebook page ‘Lincolnshire Cheer Academy’. Sessions will start on April 13. Sessions for children of primary school age will take place between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, and on Fridays for high school ages. They will include stunting, tumbling, jazz pom, jumps, fitness and conditioning, and fitness games.