A group of One students were doing their best to raise a cheer at Portman Road last week. The learners are a 40 strong cheerleading team, made up of ten boys and 30 girls.
Set up in September by Essex choreographer, Cathy Graham, the idea was to create a team to perform at football grounds and going on TV shows like Soccer AM and Britain’s Got Talent.
Cathy said, “One is a very progressive college and the students are very committed. You need that in this sport. They have a great spirit. The standard has improved very quickly and we are very thankful to Ipswich Town for giving us the stage before the game and at half time. This was our debut performance and hopefully this might become a regular thing at Ipswich Town.”
18 year old Charlie Dunn is from Ipswich. He said, “People often say that the only reason to get into cheerleading is to meet girls. But that’s not the case at all. I got called in to help out last year. Then we started doing stunts and I’ve really enjoyed the experience. It was exciting to be able to perform at Ipswich Town on a match day.”
16 year old Sian Ostler is from Ipswich. She hopes to study medicine at Cambridge University. She said, “I’ve never had this opportunity before and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. There is a lot of stigma with cheerleading but we are a close knit team. We all come from a diverse range of backgrounds – there is a massive amount of trust between us all and cheerleading is a great thing to have on the CV. By getting involved, it gives you life skills and lots of confidence.”