UCL Lightning is a cheerleading club involved in stunts, jumps, tumbling and dance. We offer weekly training and we are open to people of all abilities. Cheerleading suits all members regardless of their availability or experience; everyone is welcome to join! If you've bought membership, do sign up to our weekly newsletter, and follow our Facebook group and Instagram page to receive all the necessary information and updates.
We have lots of different options available so find the membership to suit you:
Competitive Membership (Level 2 and 3 Teams):
Our two competitive teams compete at University National competitions, and we’ve previously won 3 national titles. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will enter both Level 2 and 3 teams for two competitions and one showcase. We plan for both teams to train for 4 hours weekly, with occasional additional training sessions before competitions. As a team sport, attendance at every practice is key and absences affect the whole team as it means a stunt may not be able to be executed safely. If you expect to have lots of absences throughout the term, a competitive membership would not be the best option for you (see alternatives below)!
For 2021-2022, the cost of our Level 2 and 3 Competitive Membership will be £170. This will cover coaching fees and external venue hire where necessary. Members will be expected to pay for their individual uniforms (prices to be announced but expect to cost between £60 - £100) and transport to external venues (weekly training venues are at UCL or close by, however competition venues and extra competition training venues can be quite far).
While cheerleading can be an expensive sport, please keep in mind that if these fees are spread out throughout the year - and with 4hrs of training per week and multiple national competitions it works out as good value! Please read our Information Pack, which includes a breakdown of the costs and more details of what your competitive membership includes!
Competitive Membership (Level 1 and Level 1 Preparatory Teams):
For the 2021-2022 academic year, our Level 1 Team will be entered into one competition and one showcase, whilst our Level 1 Preparatory Team will be entered into one showcase (and one competition, tbc). We plan for both teams to train for 2 hours weekly by a qualified coach and additionally, perform regularly at home games for other UCL sports teams during Term 2. Again, this depends entirely on the UK Government and Students' Union guidelines.
The cost of Level 1 and Level 1 Prep Memberships will be £100. Similarly to the Level 2/3 Teams, since the Level 1 and Level 1 Prep teams will be performing regularly, attendance at every practice is key.
Social training involves weekly sessions led by qualified coaches for those interested in trying out cheerleading and picking up skills without the commitment! Sessions will be catered towards stunting, tumbling and flexibility.
You will also need to purchase Social Membership if you wish to attend any of our in-person socials (such as Sportsnight and Cheermas).
For 2021-2022, the cost of social membership will be £25.
This year we are offering free remote membership for anyone who can’t make it to in-person training, or who just wants to train at home. We will be offering weekly Zoom classes so you can pick up new skills or give the sport a try, no commitment needed!
If you plan on returning to UCL later in the year, you can purchase our social membership at any time.
For 2021-2022, the cost of remote membership will be £0.
We are a very social club and intend to have many virtual, as well as slowly bringing back in-person, socials planned for the year to suit everyone. Team bonding events are also frequently held so you can make friends with the rest of the club and not worry about missing out. Check out the What's On Calendar or 'Events' section of this page to stay up-to-date on what we've got planned!
We pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive club, annually participating in events such 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, and in June of 2020, our members raised £600 for Black Lives Matter by holding an online bow raffle. We hope to continue our community impact as we look for more opportunities to volunteer in the local community.
UCL Lightning Cheerleading Club is committed to the safety of its club members. We will be encouraging all members to adhere to their own personal responsibility using the Students' Union's COVID-19 guidelines.
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