At the end of September 2017, the St Neots Awards recognised a number of local individuals and community groups for their positive impact and achievements. We’re on a journey to follow them over the coming months, to find out more about them and to see how things have evolved since their awards recognition.
Winner of our 2017 Sports Club of the Year award was Falcon Flames, a cheerleading club established by experienced cheerleader Emily Wright ten years ago. Originating in the United States, Cheerleading has now grown in popularity around the world over the past 20 years. Its inclusive nature, enables people of all ages to be active, have fun, share aspirations and work as a team to achieve goals. Falcon Flames has seen phenomenal growth over the past ten years and now offers a range of classes including cheer for fun, cheer for minis, cheer for juniors, cheer for adults, stunt, and dance.
Having been involved in Cheerleading throughout University, Emily wanted to share her love of the sport with as many people as possible. With the support of mum Bridget, Emily began Falcon Flames. Nowadays the club is led by Emily and her sister-in-law Gemma Wright both of whom have relevant qualifications in Cheerleading and safety procedures, ensuring the club is well led and managed. Gemma herself developed her love of cheerleading originally through participating in Emily’s senior class. After having two little girls and both finding a love of the sport, Gemma decided to get her coaching qualifications and actively grow the club alongside Emily.
Falcon Flames were credited at the 2017 St Neots Awards for their efforts in building children’s self-esteem and confidence, encouraging teamwork and celebrating all levels of achievement amongst their members. The club organise a yearly show at the Priory Centre to showcase their member’s skills and improvements throughout the year. Some members compete in national competitions and have been highly successful; with Falcon Flames receiving a variety of trophies ranging from 5th to 1st place. Closer to home, the club supports local events including the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.
Speaking about the winning the St Neots Awards and what 2018 holds ahead for the club, Emily of Falcon Flames said: “We were so honored to receive this award and it is all down to the hard work the team and cheerleaders have put in over the last 10 years. 2018 has already seen us grow our numbers and increase our classes, excitingly adding in adult cheerleading. We have started competing already and are now building towards our showcase in March and a further two competitions later in the year. We want to continue to grow and develop what we offer and are always looking for enthusiastic adults and children who want to be part of a fantastic team.”
Are you looking to get more active this year? Or thinking about taking up a new hobby in 2018? Why not give Cheerleading a try? Falcon Flames provides classes for all ages from five years upwards, suitable for everyone. Taking place on Monday and Thursday evenings, sessions are held at Crosshall Junior School. The club has recently started running adult classes which run from 8:15-9pm on Monday evenings. To learn more about Falcon Flames or to get involved, visit the Falcon Flames Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org