Release your inner cheerleader

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Cheer for ACU

Join the ACU Cheer Club to make friends, get fit and have fun.

The transition from high school to university is a challenge. There are many different aspects of being a uni student compared to the good ole high school days. One of the best ways to get cope is by joining a club to make some amazing friends and the ACU Cheer Club wants you.

Melbourne Cheer Club President Emma Mackenzie said a dance or gymnastics background is helpful but definitely not required to join cheerleading.

“We always welcome newcomers and beginners, both men and women, to come and see what it’s all about and join the team,” she said.

“A large part of our team came without any dance or gymnastics experience and managed to learn the ropes very quickly, a willingness to try and persistence is all you need.

“Cheerleading is a great way to meet new people whilst getting fit in a fun, team based environment, and you get the opportunity to release your inner ‘Bring it On’ performer.”

ACU currently has Cheer Clubs based in Melbourne and Brisbane that train twice a week and compete in cheerleading competitions as well as the University Games.

Last year the Melbourne squad claimed the title at Nationals in the Hip Hop division and Brisbane took first place at the Queensland World Cup of Cheer and Dance event.

“In Melbourne we are aiming to compete in four events this year and in Brisbane they are getting even more ambitious with six cheer events on their calendar,” said Emma.

“Our goal this year is to grow our team and improve our routines, with an aim to get zero deductions on our score card.”

Both teams will have plenty of time to settle in new members and practice their routines and stunts before their first competitions in June.

“One of the best parts about cheerleading is finally being able to perfect a new and difficult stunt when you know that everyone gave it their all and did what they needed to do to make the stunt look perfect. The great thing about being in a group is that you all get to experience that thrill together,” said Emma.

“From cheerleading you get to make some of the closest friendships you’ll ever come across, as well as being able to take care of your body and have some fun during semesters.”

Find out how to join your local Cheer Club and info about ACU’s many other sporting and social clubs here.  Our campuses in Sydney are also aiming to start a Cheer Club this year. If you are interested please contact Nigel Price, Sport Activity Officer at