IF you’ve been to see the Birmingham and Solihull Bees play recently, you’ll have noticed their team has some exciting new additions.
They’ve got some moves, twisting and turning, showing great agility along the turf. Not sure how well they’d do in a scrum though...
The Peterbrook Pride cheerleading group have been keeping the fans entertained thanks to a fantastic partnership between the Bees and Peterbrook Primary School.
The Shirley school has over 40 different clubs at the school, the most of any primary school in the midlands, but it was lacking one thing...a cheerleading club. Some enthusiastic year six girls were desperate that one be formed, so the school put out an appeal for an instructor, and Peterbrook mum Christine Collinge answered.
She funded her training all by herself and now teaches Peterbrook Pride, who are made up of leavers from Peterbrook Primary School, Peterbrook Pom Poms, who are all year five and six girls (and was the original cheerleading club at the school), and most recently the Mini Pom Poms, which is made up of younger children.
“When the school were looking for someone to lead the group, with my background in dance, I thought why not? It’d be a bit fun,” said Christine. After taking her coaching Christine has not looked back since and enjoys teaching the girls.
“I love it! It’s very challenging sometimes, but as long as the girls are enjoying it, then I’m enjoying it.”
The Bees heard about the Peterbrook cheerleaders when they came to teach tag rugby at the school, and asked to see them in action. The rugby club were so impressed by what they saw that they offered them the chance to perform at home games at Sharmans Cross Road.
The club and the school both paid for the cheerleaders kits which were specially designed in the Bees colours.
The girls are also hoping to take their talents to Beijing, where Peterbrook Primary has a twin school. In 2010 the Solihull primary school are planning on sending a football, netball and cheerleading squad to China.