TEAM ENGLAND ADAPTIVE ABILITIES CHEER TEAM SELECTION PANEL

15/07/2021

 

SportCheer England are delighted to announce the panel responsible for selecting this year’s Team England Adaptive Abilities Cheer team.  

The panel has been carefully selected based on their extensive experience in the field of disability and inclusion, inclusive sport and cheerleading. We are honoured to have such a high calibre on our panel and are extremely grateful to them for volunteering their time to undertake this task on behalf of SportCheer England.

The panel will meet on the 21st July 2021, and a decision will be announced shortly after this date.

Isabelle Clements MBE

Isabelle is Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, an award-winning charity, based in London, which supports Disabled people to discover or rediscover cycling. Established in 2007, the charity provides Cycling opportunities in South London; it has also become the UK-wide campaigning voice of Disabled people who cycle.

As an urban commuter handcyclist, Isabelle has extensive experience of what it takes to create the right environment so everyone can cycle. She works tirelessly to bring an understanding of Cycling to disability groups and of Disability to cycling groups. She co-created #BeyondTheBicycle, an alliance with parent cyclists and cargo cyclists who encounter many of the same issues as Disabled and older cyclists, and has become a leading influencer in the field of inclusive cycling.

Isabelle’s charity management and wider disability advocacy means she’s well positioned to understand policy and ensure Disabled people are considered at every stage.

 

Nicola File

Nicola works as a Strategic Partnerships Advisor at Activity Alliance, the leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. In this role she leads, partners and works collaboratively with stakeholders to embed inclusive practice into organisations and change attitudes towards disabled people’s sport and activity with the objective to close the gap between disabled people’s level of inactivity and that of non-disabled people. Nicola works with a variety of local, regional, and national partners to achieve this goal and has been in this role for the last 2 years. Prior to this Nicola worked at an Active Partnership where she led on disability and inclusion work as well as programmes for wider underrepresented groups.

Nicola previously cheered on a team at her university.

 

Levi Martin

Levi is a former Chair of the International Cheer Union Athlete Commission. He was a competitive cheerleader for 23 years, competing at 5 ICU Cheerleading world championships, 2 partner stunting and 5 IASF International Open Co – ed level 5 championships. As a coach for the past 17 years, he has won 2 co-ed high school, 4 All-girl and 3 primary school national championships. Levi currently works as a sports coordinator at a school in Johannesburg, South Africa and coaches’ various sports ranging from cheerleading, hockey, cricket and athletics. Levi is also a charitable trustee of ParaCheer International CIO.

 

Please note that the deadline for applicants was (12pm) Thursday 15th July, and applications after this time will not be considered.

 

 

TEAM ENGLAND REPRESENTATION AT THE ICU WORLD CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS BY AN ALLSTAR ADAPTIVE ABILITIES TEAM

01/07/2021

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

This season SportCheer England are tendering out the opportunity for an Allstar team with an existing Adaptive Abilities Cheer team to represent Team England in the Adaptive Abilities Cheer division at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships 2022.

In order to apply you will be required to submit the following documentation:

  •       An application form
  •       Confirmation that your team is able to meet the ICU eligibility (including, but not limited to age of athletes, team size, disability athlete ratios)
  •       Confirmation of ability to travel to Florida for the championships in April 2022 (dates tbc)

 

Shortlisted teams will additionally be required to submit:

  •       Video footage of the team in action 
  •       Confirmation of appropriate policies, qualifications, insurance, staff DBS checks

 

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel – details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

More about the opportunity

The Allstar Adaptive Abilities team selected to represent England at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships 2022 will be managed and coached by the Allstar team’s regular coaching staff and managed by the regular team’s management, supported by SportCheer England. SportCheer England will provide assistance to the team in aspects relating to Team England branding, acquiring uniform and apparel, social media and ICU team application processes (including Adaptive Abilities specific aspects such as WADA compliant TUE forms).

The Allstar Adaptive Abilities team selected must additionally agree to their training and competition process forming part of a wider development project being undertaken by ParaCheer International and SportCheer England next season into best practice, policy, procedure for the national Adaptive Abilities Cheer team. This may include, but not be limited to, ParaCheer International and SportCheer England attending their training sessions, being asked to complete questionnaires and evaluation forms and potentially coaches and athletes contributing to informal discussions on their training process. (NB: individual consent will be sought from participating athletes)

To meet the criteria for selection, the management and coaches of the selected Allstar Adaptive Abilities team must agree to attend specific training required by SportCheer England of all its national teams, including (but not limited to) Safeguarding and Data management. Your team will also need to ensure that your policies (including Code of Conduct, Safeguarding and data management) are in line with those produced by SportCheer England for the national teams. (Publication of any policies not currently on our website, including Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing policy will be published by the end of July).

All national team positions (management, coaches and athletes) are voluntary, and as such, teams must be prepared to cover the cost for flights, accommodation, athlete fees etc for the event.

The division levels available within the Adaptive Abilities division are either Median (equivalent of IASF Level 3) and Advanced (equivalent of IASF Level 4) https://cheerunion.org.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Championships/WCC/21/ICU_WC_Rules_2021.pdf 

 

Essential:

  •   Established Adaptive Abilities Team meeting the minimum ICU disability criteria. 
  •   Minimum 16 athletes (14 years or older during the year of competition)
  •   Minimum 25% athlete ratio with disabilities meeting the ICU disability criteria (https://cheerunion.org.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Championships/WCC/21/ICU_WC_Rules_2021.pdf
  • Ability to perform an appropriate level of stunts safely (minimum ICU Median)
  •       ICU rules and regulations comprehension
  •   Appropriate policies meeting SportCheer England’s standards
  •   Level appropriate coaching qualifications
  •   Insurance
  •   Enhanced DBS checks and references for all staff
  •   First Aid trained staff available on-site during training 
  •   Must commit to SportCheer England led Safeguarding training, Data management training, and ParaCheer International’s Disability Confidence Training for Cheerleading
  •   Ability to travel to the World Championships
  •   Management and coaches must be in regular communication with, and able to work effectively with SportCheer England and the other TE teams’ management, as well as agreeing to work and maintain regular communication with those partners in our best practice development project. 
  •   Good communication, administration, timekeeping
  •   Ability to self-fund the team or secure appropriate funding
  •   Experience taking a team to a competition or event 

 

Desired:

  •   Previous experience with Adaptive Abilities/ParaCheer divisions at ICU
  •   Training in disability awareness
  •   Training in mental health First Aid 
  •   Experience taking your Adaptive Abilities team to a competition or event 

 

Additional notes on selection criteria

Priority will be given to established Adaptive Abilities teams who fulfil the above criteria. In defining “established”, consideration will be given to the number of years your Adaptive Abilities team has been running, how often you have been training during that time and whether you have attended any events

Disability Criteria: SCE follows the lead of the UK Government on the definition of Disability. “A Severe long-term impairment to the persons day to day activities”, we further encourage that the impairment should impact their ability to participate in Cheerleading activities. 

To request an application form please email sportcheerengland@gmail.com

 

 

TEAM ENGLAND ADAPTIVE ABILITIES CHEER 2021/22 SEASON UPDATE

16/06/2021

 

Summary

Following SportCheer England’s review into the national teams, the decision was taken to run an alternative selection process for the Team England Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer team for the 21/22 season. This decision was made for the following reasons which will be explained in more detail below:

  •   There is a need to recruit a team manager which will require more time than is available to do so meaningfully to ensure the long term success of the team.
  •   So that we can spend the necessary time required to develop improved policy, procedures and better support for disabled athletes on the team.

 

Team Manager Recruitment

One situation that provides a challenge for this season’s Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer team is that unlike the other national teams, there is no manager currently in place. There is not currently the time required to undergo a formal recruitment process with the rigour required for the appointment of an Adaptive Abilities team manager in time for this season. As will have been noted in our report, SportCheer England will be taking this opportunity to work with external organisations to develop a skills matrix for this position that will assist in the recruitment process in future years.

 

Review

The decision to improve policy, procedures and support for disabled athletes is a commitment made to all our national teams including our Unified Adaptive Abilities Pom team, however while it is anticipated that the necessary work to provide training, policy and support will be deliverable within the timeframe for Pom, it is not deemed to be so for Cheer.

Part of that review process specifically for a Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer team includes a higher level of risk assessment and risk management due to the nature of the activity (close contact stunting and tumbling elements), and it is for this reason we feel it requires more time to be developed, in order to deliver safely.

 

Unified Adaptive Abilities Pom team

With regards to the safe delivery of the Unified Adaptive Abilities Pom team, their training (along with the selected Adaptive Abilities Allstar team) will form part of the research and development work we plan to undertake in the next year, and the team’s activities will be monitored carefully. The team management and coaches will receive support from SportCheer England and ParaCheer International, and athletes undergoing the training process will be asked to feed into our research.

 

Allstar Team Selection

The decision behind selecting an Adaptive Abilities Allstar team this season to go in place of a unified national team, is not an abdication of our responsibilities to disabled athletes on this team. The rationale is that disabled athletes on that team will already be well known to their coaches, with established relationships and the appropriate support in place for stunting: allowing England to still have representation within the Adaptive Abilities division, while minimising the risk to athletes’ health and safety. There is an understanding that Allstar Adaptive teams will use their own, established disabled athletes to field this team, (rather than recruiting out to add to their number, which would negate the rationale behind the decision). As part of the application criteria, Allstar teams will be required to detail how long athletes have been a member of their programme and if they will need to recruit athletes to fulfill the criteria. 

Further information on the application process and criteria for Adaptive Abilities Allstar teams wishing to represent England at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships will be issued this month.

 

Research and Development and Next Steps

There is also an opportunity for all disabled and non-disabled athletes to participate in our Research and Development project happening next season.

Inclusive cheerleading charity ParaCheer International (PCI) have been commissioned by SCE to lead a research and development project into best practice, policy, procedure for the national Adaptive Abilities Cheer team. SCE and PCI will partner together on the project, as well as working with other external organisations with expertise in inclusive sports to design a best practice framework for future Team England Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer teams. They will also look to provide some domestic performance and competition opportunities for participants as part of the project.

SCE is seeking disabled cheer athletes to participate in this project. We will also welcome participation from non-disabled athletes who have previously competed on Team England Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer. The selected Allstar team representing England at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships for the 21/22 season will also participate in this project.

 

A copy of the original announcement that this statement relates to, can be found below.

 

 

TEAM ENGLAND ADAPTIVE ABILITIES CHEER 2021/22 SEASON

11/06/21

 

Following SportCheer England’s review into the national teams*, the decision has been taken not to field a Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer team for the 21/22 season. This decision has been made so that we can spend the necessary time required to develop improved policy, procedures and support for disabled athletes on a national team.

Replacing a Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer (TEAAC) team for the 21/22 season, SportCheer England (SCE) will be creating two alternative options for participation by disabled athletes:

 

  1. TEAM ENGLAND REPRESENTATION AT THE ICU WORLD CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS BY AN ALLSTAR ADAPTIVE ABILITIES TEAM

One of the main issues arising from the review into the TEAAC team was the need for coaches and managers to be better equipped to understand and support the individual needs of disabled athletes with whom they do not regularly work. Developing a robust framework for supporting this scenario is required and will take time. Therefore, in the 21/22 season we will be tendering out the opportunity for an Allstar team with an existing Adaptive Abilities Cheer team to represent Team England in the Adaptive Abilities Cheer division at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships. This opportunity will mean the disabled athletes on the TEAAC team are already well known to their coaches, with established appropriate support in place: allowing representation from England within the Adaptive Abilities division, while minimising the risk to athletes’ health and safety.

Details including the criteria for application and an application form will be made public in the coming week via social media and the SCE website. The selection process of an Allstar team will be undertaken by an independent panel. Details of this panel will also be made public in the coming weeks.

 

  1. OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT INTO BEST PRACTICE, POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR THE NATIONAL ADAPTIVE ABILITIES CHEER TEAM.

Inclusive cheerleading charity ParaCheer International (PCI) have been commissioned by SCE to lead a research and development project into best practice, policy, procedure for the national Adaptive Abilities Cheer team. SCE and PCI will partner together on the project, as well as working with other external organisations with expertise in inclusive sports to design a best practice framework for future Team England Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer teams. They will also look to provide some domestic performance and competition opportunities for participants as part of the project.

SCE is seeking disabled cheer athletes to participate in this project. We will also welcome participation from non-disabled athletes who have previously competed on Team England Unified Adaptive Abilities Cheer. The selected Allstar team representing England at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships for the 21/22 season will also participate in this project.

Details of how to apply for this opportunity will be made public in July.

 

*A copy of the national team report can be found here: https://sportcheerengland.org/review-into-policy-and-procedure-of-the-national-teams-in-england

 

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