SUMMARY OF 2017/18
September- During September we held optional pre-season sessions. In the two week sessions, new skills were learned, starting the year on a high.
October- During October, taster sessions and try-outs are held for both new and returning members, where jumps, dance, stunts and tumbling are taught. The improvement in new members after just two sessions was incredible – a constant theme throughout the season.
November- November is where it got tough. We held a choreography day with Lorraine, a University of Chester alumni, and ex World Championship competitor. Indisputably the hardest day on the Cheer calendar, but also a day where the team comes together to support, encourage and rely on each other. November is also when Prep Squad (who perform at Men’s basketball games) had their first performance. After such a short time preparing, they were amazing.
December- The Christmas showcase is the first time Vixens see each other’s routines. It was such a positive and supportive environment.
January- Vixens took part in the inter-sport Super Team competition, with 17/18 club captain Rachel winning the sit & reach competition and Prep Squad member Maja winning the plank with a time of 5mins 26seconds. We also pulled a truck with a rope, no big deal.
February- Our first competition of the season was Future Cheer nationals. We had worked so hard for it, with early morning and late-night training sessions in the weeks leading up to the competition, so placing top 3 (and top 4 for pom) in the nation made it all worth it.
March- Cheer and Pom took to ICC Nationals this month, with Pom coming top 14 and Cheer coming top 4. We also performed a number of routines at varsity, which was amazing to have the support of our fellow students, and even better to bring back the trophy!
CHARITY & COMMUNITY
This year Chester Vixens raised thousands of pounds for charity through a sleepout, row-a-thon, Snowdon walk and hosting numerous events including a charity showcase.
Charities we supported were Chester Without Abuse, Rethink Mental Health, Children in Need, Team UnLimbited, Chester Aid for the homeless, Womens Aid, Alzheimer’s Society, Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development and a cause close to our hearts, fundraising for Abbie Main, a cheerleader who recently lost her life to Sarcoma.
We also supported LGBT+ history month, This Girl Can, Anti-bullying week, World Mental Health Day.
Cheer placing 3rd place at Future Cheer University Nationals (highest difficulty score) and 4th place at ICC Nationals and Pom placing 4th at Future Cheer.
PLANS FOR 2018-19
During 2018/19 our priority is having teams who enjoy and thrive in their sessions and improve on a weekly basis. While we hope to take back our FC National Championship title, it is important for us to enjoy the process.
For the first time ever, we hope to have at least two, hopefully three group stunts ranging from levels 1 to 3, as well as Level 1 Cheer, Large Pom and Prep Squad.
We also hope to become more involved in the community and beat our 2017/18 fundraising total.