EMCA a Brief History

Anna Mead and Helena Zarzycki met at The University of Nottingham in October 2006, when both were fresher members of the Nottingham Knights university cheerleading squad, Anna came from a dance and gymnastic background, and Helena from a dance background, both found cheerleading a fantastic sport that combined their previous skills and introduced them to a whole range of new skills. Anna and Helena quickly fell in love with the sport, it became a central point in their lives, despite continuing to study hard for their degrees.


With the first University year complete, Anna & Helena wanted to continue their cheerleading training over the holiday months. They joined the Nottingham Wildcat cheerleaders a local community team that trained recreationally and supported the local American football team. After a short period of training with the Wildcats, Anna & Helena realised that they had a natural talent for coaching others.


Following two years involvement with the Nottingham Knights and Nottingham Wildcats, Anna & Helena discussed at length the possibility of starting and coaching their own cheerleading club. The idea for East Midlands Cheerleading Academy (EMCA) was born, it was summer 2008.


From there, the Academy has grown and grown and now there are over 200 girls and boys who attend weekly classes at EMCA. With a much wider range of classes are being offered including competition squads, tumbling (gymnastics) classes and even opportunities for children and adults to join in.


The club currently has 10 competition squads who compete on numerous occasions each year at National and International championship competitions. The squad has numerous 1st place trophies, National Champion and International Champion accolades to their name and is recognised as the top cheerleading academy in the East Midlands, and one of the top programs in the UK.

EMCA is the most successful Allstar Cheerleading programme within the East Midlands, based in the heart of Nottingham and attracts cheerleaders from Grantham through to Leicester.

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