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Hartlepool Hawks leaps in to action at Middleton Grange this weekend

Middleton Grange shoppers are in for a somersaulting surprise when local cheerleading squad – Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy – visits the centre this Saturday to perform its impressive acrobatic display.

50 of its best performers will be taking to the stage – or in this case Middleton Grange’s Centre Square – to put on a range of its spine-tingling routines which include tumbling, dance and stunts. The performance is to help raise money to send 44 Academy team members – who have recently qualified to represent England as part of Team UK – to Croatia for the European Cheerleading Championships this July.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre Manager, Mark Rycraft says this is an excellent cause and is delighted that the centre can assist the Academy in raising its much-needed funds. He said, “We are very proud to have so many members of our local cheerleading squad be selected to represent the UK in the European Championships and we will support them all the way. We are incredibly excited to see their performance in the centre on Saturday, we’re expecting a huge turnout.”

Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy needs to raise a whopping £25,000 to send its inspiring athletes to Croatia. With only five weeks to go the team has been working very hard fundraising across Hartlepool to help reach its target.

“Middleton Grange has been hugely supportive and we are really looking forward to putting on a great show for its shoppers this Saturday,” said Beccii Taylor, Head Coach of Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy. “We can’t believe the response we have received so far, everyone has really got behind us and we are so grateful for the time and energy given to help our cause. To reach this level of competitive cheerleading is an incredible achievement for our athletes and we would love to see them represent the UK as we know they will do really well in the competition.”

The Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy will be performing on Saturday 4 June at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre’s Centre Square starting at 11am and running until 4pm. The routines will begin on the hour, lasting 10-15 minutes each with every performance including a different dance sequence.