CHEERLEADERS IN Leeds have something special to shout about after they received a big cash boost.
Sporty youngsters from NRG Extreme Coaching are celebrating a £1,000 grant from the YEP-backed Comic Relief’s Community Cash fund.
The much-needed money has helped pay for two coaches and subsidised lessons.
Other community groups from across Leeds are now being urged to grab a slice of the Sport Relief cashpot, which is worth £75,000.
Lisa-Marie Trory launched the cheerleading team 10 years ago in a bid to tackle obesity amongst children and put the fun back into fitness.
The team, which is based in Pudsey, started out with just nine people but now boasts 70 members.
Its youngest member is aged just four years old, and the oldest is 30.
Lisa-Marie, 37, said: “The Comic Relief grant has enabled us to reach more young people and introduce them to cheerleading.
“It promotes discipline, team work, fitness and we’ve seen it really build confidence and self-esteem especially in teenage girls.”
Without subsidised classes, Lisa-Marie says over half of her team would not be able to afford to take part.
The extra coaches have also meant she can go into schools three times a week and promote the sport.
She added: “The great thing with cheerleading is that it’s so inclusive.
“You don’t have to be the best dancer or gymnast - it’s a group activity so there’s something for everyone, and our team includes a number of children with special needs as well.”
The Sport Relief Community Cash fund gives grants of between £500 and £1,000 to small organisations in Leeds that are helping local people who are living tough lives.
To apply for a grant, visit www.leedscf.org.uk/sports-relief-community-cash before March 4.