A TEAM of talented young people are raising funds to be able to compete on the international stage.
The Fantasy Cheer And Dance Academy has been operating for 15 years at the Vale of York Academy in Clifton in York, offering lessons to anyone aged three and over in cheerleading, dance and gymnastics.
The group has York’s biggest cheerleading team pinning their hopes on the competition and international “summit” event in Orlando, Florida next year.
The group has a fully trained coaching staff, and three of the girls have made the England squad and are reigning world champions.
As a non-profit organisation, all coaches work on a voluntary basis in their spare time and all costs go directly to the club for costumes, kit and equipment.
Last month, the group’s junior lyrical dance team won a bid to compete in the summit event with competitors from around the world – the only team from York to successfully win a bid.
Because the club is a non-profit organization, bringing the girls to Florida means raising money for their costumes, gear and gear and Fantasy has already been lucky enough to secure donations from local businesses such as Lucia and The Cut and Craft, Barratt Homes, First York and Saksons Interiors, among others.
Head coach Natalie Lyon, who started the club and teaches at her own pace three nights a week, said: “Our girls worked so hard to win this bid, they faced some incredible teams and we couldn’t be more proud of them.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and we want to make sure it’s something every athlete on the team can achieve together and for that to happen we really need the sponsorship of local businesses to support them. We’re very grateful for every donation, from raffle prizes to kit sponsorship; we couldn’t do this without this support.
If you think you can help, contact [email protected] or call committee member Karen Wreglesworth on 07766 017606.