A SELSTON cheerleading squad has launched a fundraising appeal in a bid to allow them to compete in national tournaments.
The Ashfield Allstars cheerleading squad was originally set up in March this year by Caroline Wilson, Ali Stothard-Brown and Lisa Dalley from Selston, who decided it would be a great activity for youngsters to get involved with and help them keep fit and out of trouble.
Since then the squad has gone from strength to strength and there are now more than 60 children on the books, ranging from four to seventeen years of age.
The squad is largely made up of girls, although two members are boys.
The squad needs £6,000 to be able to enter regional and national competitions next year, with the cash being used to provide new uniforms and structured activities for children in the area.
So far just over £1,500 has been raised.
The fundraising campaign has been backed by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero.
She said: “I’m always saying it is the people that make Ashfield great and these women certainly back that up.
“They are full of get up and go and it has certainly rubbed off on all of the youngsters involved.
“They are desperate to compete in national competitions next and in order to do so they need to raise almost £6,000.”
Members of the squad come from all over Ashfield. They meet every Saturday morning at 11am-2pm at Selston Leisure Centre and also on a Wednesday for the older squad at 6:30pm-8:30pm at Selston High School.