Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Supported by: Richard Keen IB Ltd

Description

The Western Warriors have been established for eleven years. We are a cheer sport and dance group located in Neath Port Talbot. The group gives the children confidence and improves their self-esteem. Western Warriors is a little family not just a sport competition group. The children have gained lots of new friendships with other children from different parts of the area. We have found the group has helped children who have been bullied in the past make new long term friendships. The older children are also role models to the younger children. We travel all over the UK taking part in competitions which is an amazing experience for the children. We have won lots of trophies and medals which reward the children for their hard work and dedicated training every week. Cheerleading is officially recognised as an Olympic sport, however still do not receive funding in the UK as they do in America. Wales entered the para-cheer world championships for the first time in 2017 and were placed first. Cheer is a very expensive sport and with no funding available, it is left to the parents to fund all cheer expenses. One competition alone can be £60 per child entry fee without the cost of uniform and training. This puts a strain on families in an area with high unemployment and socially deprived of sporting faculties. The group is open to all children male and female from the age 3 up to and including their adult years. We are continually fund raising to raise money for uniforms, equipment, facilities and competitions. Recently our children and parents have raised money by bag packing, sponsored walks/runs, displays in local events and even taking part in Tough Mudder events to raise money for the group. However with Neath Port Talbot being a deprived area we are struggling to raise funds. We need help and would be very grateful if the Aviva Community Fund can help our cheerleaders fly higher and aim for the stars.

Western Warriors Cheer and Dance

Moment of Pride

We are proud to be a part of this group which helps our children gain social skills that attribute to them becoming intendant responsible outgoing adults. Being a cheerleader is about training hard and performing to the best of their ability. Coaches and parents are so proud.

Location: Neath Port Talbot, UK