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UCL Lightning is a competitive cheerleading club. Competitive cheerleading consists of stunts, tumbling and dance. We offer training three times a week and we are open to both men and women of all abilities. We welcome completely new beginners as well as seasoned cheerleaders; everyone is invited to join our cheer family!


Our teams compete at University National competitions, and we’ve won 3 national titles.  This was only achieved through hard dedication and commitment from all our members. As a team sport, attendance at every practice is key and absences affect the whole team as it means a stunt cannot go up.

Our competitive teams for 2019-20 are:

  • SPARK – All-Girl Level 1
  • BOLT – All-Girl Level 2
  • STRIKE – Co-Ed Level 3

Training times, locations and hours vary between teams but teams usually train 4 hours a week.

We highly recommend everyone to join our competition teams. Throughout the year you will make many great friendships and there’s nothing better than ending the year with competing at Nationals with your friends who you’ve worked so hard with. 


If the competition scene does not appeal to you, we have social training sessions once a week for anyone who is just looking to try out cheerleading without the commitment! Here, you can train skills with qualified coaches. Competitive members are also welcome to practice at social training.

We have a lively social calendar which includes weekly sports nights, meals, movie nights and mixed socials with other sports clubs. Team bonding events are also frequently held such as after-practice meals.


UCL Lightning endeavours to be a highly inclusive club, annually participating in events such a This Girl Can and Pride Week. We also volunteer and fundraise for the community. In 2018, we raised £3,000 for Cancer Research in a sponsored run. We hope to continue or community impact as we look to continue volunteering in the local community.

We pride ourselves in being an accessible sport and are one of the most affordable sports at UCL. Membership covers: training facilities, competition entry, coaching fees and transport to the Manchester competition. Unfortunately, cheerleading is a costly sport, and these are additional costs that you will have to pay. These will be outlined in an information pack you will receive at tasters and try-outs. To help with additional costs, we have a buy and sell scheme with our alumni for uniform to reduce costs for our members.



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UCL Cheerleading Club has signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment PledgeThis Club is Pride in Sport Accredited.