The University of Salford’s cheerleading team is taking part in a national competition this weekend.

Salford Sirens will be going head-to-head with different university teams from around the country this Sunday at Future Cheer UK University Nationals.

The squad consists of thirty-five members split into two teams, level 1 and level 2.

Level 1 is an all-girls team, and will be competing against ten other university squads.

Level 2 is a small co-ed team, and will be competing against six other university squads.

It is the squad’s first competition with its current members, with a majority of the athletes only learning how to cheer in the past few months.

Centre: Dominic Young, chair of Salford Sirens Cheerleading Squad

Dominic Young, 21, from Cambridge, is the only male on the cheer squad. The Salford University student is also the chair of the team and has been cheerleading for two years.

“Both our Level 1 and Level 2 teams have been training for more than six hours a week for the past six months. They’ve worked really hard on developing a range of skills, starting with nailing down the fundamentals of stunting and working their way up to the difficult elite skills,” Dominic said, “I’m really proud of how hard everyone has worked this year and I have no doubt that they will all deliver brilliant performances at our first competition this weekend.”

Each team will perform a two-and-a-half minute routine consisting of stunts, jumps, tumbles and dance.

They will marked on these skills, the execution and the performance of the high-energy routines.

The competition is held on Sunday February 16 at Manchester Central.

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