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IFC Class 1 Cheerleading Safety Coaching Qualification Course

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:17-12-2019

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of having Zhao Ming, from Federation of Cheerleading (Singapore), Yuki Iwai and Brandan Chen to conduct the International Federation of Cheerleading (IFC) Class 1 Cheerleading Safety Coaching Qualification Course at our cheerleading studio for 9 aspiring cheerleading coaches from our team.

Apart from teaching the basic elements of cheerleading, safety of cheerleading activities are heavily emphasized in this course and how cheerleading coaches can minimize the risk of injuries and breach of safety through checks and supervision. It also teaches the proper progression chart for partner stunts, tumbling and jumps and some of the drills that can be taught to build up to the final stunt that we want to achieve.

Other than theory and sharing sessions, the course also includes practical segments where participants will be taught how to properly catch a falling top person. We were surprised to know that even for spotting and catching a falling top person, there is a proper progression to it to ensure safety while learning.

For example, when learning the bear hug catching, we started with learning the proper posture by hugging the top person on the ground level and lifting them up. Once we are cleared of having the correct catching posture, we then moved on to having the top person do a mini hop from the ground level and catching the top person while he or she is in the air. Once deemed proficient, we proceed onto having the top person stand on an elevated platform and stepping off to allow his or her partner to catch him or her using the bear hug catching method. Eventually, participants learnt to catch the top person falling from shoulder stand level using the proper technique to ensure safety.

On day 2 of the course, our 9 members were tested on their knowledge from the Class 1 Coaches Handbook as well as on their practical safety skills such as executing bear hug catching and cradle catching. After 2 days on intense effort, we are excited to announce that all 9 members are now qualified IFC Class 1 coaches!

Overall, we felt that this was a very informative and useful coaching course, especially for coaches of teams that just started out or have new members constantly, like NTU and NUS hall team coaches, as it provides the proper progression charts and innovative stunts that we do not see in Singapore but are useful building blocks for member’s skills advancement as well as skills confidence. Safety is the main priority for coaches and members so always start building from ground zero to minimize the risk of injury.

Thank you for reading and stay safe for all cheerleading activities everyone! Cheers!

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CheerForce SG At Viet Nam Cheer Fest 2018

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:04-01-2019

It is the fourth year of the Viet Nam Cheer Fest happening in Ho Chi Minh City for cheerleaders in Vietnam to come together to compete and decide who is the best. CheerForce SG was proud and honored to be invited as a major partner in this biggest cheerleading event in Ho Chi Minh City.

CheerForce SG sponsored the event with CheerForce SG rigid sport tapes and chilled isotonic drinks for the competitors to enjoy while they prepare for the competition. We were glad to hear feedback from the competitors that they really enjoyed the tapes and drinks that were sponsored and it made the competition more enjoyable for them.

Working with Hung from Sai Gon Beast Squad, our head coach TJ and tumbling coach TY were invited to be the judges for the competition. It was really an eye-opener for us as we got to witness routines not only from teams in Ho Chi Minh City but also from teams in Hanoi, who flew down just to compete.

The flow of events was different from competitions that we have been to in Singapore and Thailand. It all started with the competitors march in with their teams to introduce them to the audiences followed by the introduction of the judges. Flowers were also presented to the judges as a token of appreciation.

As the competitors return to the warm up mats to began their warm up, the competition started with a hip hop dance performance followed by a performance by a talented singer who performed 2 songs for the audience where the audiences sang along. After which, the competition starts officially with the first team taking the mat.

In Ho Chi Minh City, stunts and tumbling are awarded lesser points than other countries as 30% of the score is given to their dance segment. It was something innovative as they edited it to cater to the cheerleading market in Vietnam, where most of the cheerleaders are dancers as well, so as to draw their interests into joining the cheerleading team.

Many teams had really innovative routines which we really enjoy watching. Most of the teams had a theme to their performance, which is not common in competitive cheerleading, and we we believe it will be a trend for competitive cheerleading routines for years to come.

The day before the competition, we were tasked to conduct a cheerleading stunt and tumbling workshop for the competing cheerleaders to teach them proper stunting, tumbling and spotting techniques. Close to a hundrend cheerleaders turned up for the workshop and it proved to be a challenge taking such huge group with just 3 instructors but we took up the challenge confidently with a plan in mind.

The workshop was proven to be a great success as participants later feedback that they understood better on what was taught and learnt a lot more from our CheerForce SG instructors as compared to other instructors in previous years. It was really comforting to hear such affirming feedbacks from the participants despite the language barriers which posed as a challenge during the delivery of the workshop.

Despite the differences in language, we had met many wonderful friends and passionate cheerleaders who are hungry for cheerleading knowledge, to become a better athlete or a bette coach. We would like to thank Hung and his team Sai Gon Beast Squad, and many other friends in Vietnam, for the kind hospitality during our stay there as well as giving us the opportunity to appreciate the cheerleading culture in Vietnam.

Till we meet again, take care, train hard and train safe everyone!

Visit our official website to find out more about us and the cheerleading performances that we have. Contact us now and let us bring the hype to your event!

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Wrapping Things Up In 2018

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:31-12-2018

December 2019 has been an eventful month for us as events were in high gear and so was our cheerleading performance. On top of that, the team was also busy preparing for Chingay 2019 rehearsals happening in January.

One of the key performances was the half-time show for the Delta League Finals by National Crime Prevention Council held at the Jalan Besar Stadium on the 22 December. It was a great night performing for the families and friends who were there to support the players and it was awesome to hear positive feedback from a satisfied client that the guests and themselves really enjoyed our performance.

What would the end of year be without a countdown party? We were exhilarated to be invited back to Our Tampines Hub on New Year’s Eve to perform for their Countdown 2019 celebration. The energy from the crowd was really awesome and it was a blast performing for everyone who was there to countdown to 2019 together with us! What a great way to wrap things up in 2018!

We are extremely thankful to all the wonderful opportunities that were given to us in the year 2018 and we are truly blessed to be able to work with such wonderful clients to bring a memorable cheerleading experience to their guests at their event. May 2019 bring more opportunities as we continue to provide exhilarating performances for our clients and guests to enjoy!

Visit our official website to find out more about us and the cheerleading performances that we have. Contact us now and let us bring the hype to your event!

Cheers!

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CheerForce Charity Christmas 2018

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:07-12-2018

Christmas is the season of giving and CheerForce came together as a team this December to give back to the community but with a twist. Instead of giving gifts this festive season, we decided as a team to give our blood.

Yes, that’s right. This year for CheerForce Charity Christmas 2018, we headed to the BloodBank @ Dhoby Ghaut to donate our blood. We got ourselves registered and found that we were given an organisation code ‘P0882’ to allow us to see how much blood has the organisation donated collectively to achieve milestones together.

It was a really stringent process where after registration, all of us had to go through screening by a professional to determine if we were suitable to donate blood. Once approved, we were directed to the blood donation area for the extraction of our blood into a blood bag.

Do you know that with every bag of blood donated, you can save up to 3 lives? The blood will be split into 3 components, the red blood cells, the plasma and the platelets, which is the reason why one bag of blood can saves up to 3 lives. It was a really fulfiling experience for the team knowing that we potenially saved up to 21 lives just on the day itself.

Although the number may be small, we got to start somewhere to amount to something big for the community. So join us in our efforts to give back to the community and save lives!

Visit our official website to find out more about us and the cheerleading performances that we have. Contact us now and let us bring the hype to your event!

Cheers!

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Chingay 2019 Media Conference & Road Show

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:30-11-2018

It was our great privilege to be invited by the People’s Association to showcase cheerleading at the Chingay Media Conference and Road Show 2018 held at the Our Tampines Hub on the 23rd and 24th November.

We had a great time bringing cheerleading to the public through our display of gravity-defying stunts and dynamic acrobatic flips and we were glad that the crowd enjoyed our performance very much.

It was really amzing to be able to see other talented acts that would be performing together with us at the Chingay 2019. All them them were so creative in the costume design as well as their performance choreography which was an eye-opener for us be able to witness the other performers in action at the media conference and road show.

We are really looking forward to sharing the stage with all the performers on 15th and 16th February 2019 at the Chingay Parade 2019 where perform to this year’s bicentennial edition’s theme Dreams Funtasia. We are super excited to be given this oppostunity to perform for such a huge event together with our overseas counterparts from Thailand and Vietnam.

Stay tuned to our social media on Instagram and Facebook as we will be bringing you backstage to take a look as our cheerleaders prepares for Chingay 2019!

Visit our official website to find out more about us and the cheerleading performances that we have. Contact us now and let us bring the hype to your event!

Cheers!

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Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge 2018 & Car-Free Weekend

Author : CheerForce Singapore

Date:04-11-2018

It has been an eventful weekend for CheerForce SG as we got to bring cheerleading to the public thanks to Mediacorp and Active SG for allowing us to be their cheerleading service provider at the Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge 2018 and the Car-Free Weekend.

The Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge was an inspiring experience for us as we perform and cheered the participants on as they brave the weather to be the last person standing. Seeing their determination and endurance was really admirable.

It was fulfilling to bring smiles to those who came forward to experience cheerleading with us. Many enjoyed flying in the air and have their first ever stunt photo taken with us. It was awesome to give so many people a delightful first cheerleading experience.

Being the first cheerleading team in Singapore to incorporate LED into cheerleading, we were fortunate to share this experience with many people at the Car-Free Weekend, where they got to have photos taken with our LED props and outfits which looks amazing in the night sky.

The outfit that grabbed the attention of most cameras was the LED wings which looks stunning, like a pair of angel wings spread open to illuminate the darkness. Many passers-by stopped in their tracks and whipped out their phones to capture photos of the magnificent sight.

We are really thankful to be given such platforms for us to bring wonderful cheerleading experience to the public in Singapore, hoping to increase the awareness of the sport of cheerleading through our efforts.

CheerForce Outreach events this weekend was a successful one and we hope to meet even more people at our future outreach events. So stay tuned as we work towards bringing you more awesome cheerleading experiences!

Visit our official website to find out more about us and the cheerleading performances that we have. Contact us now and let us bring the hype to your event!

Cheers!