The City of Clinton Recreation & Parks Department offers a variety of activities for local residents. Next year, cheerleading will be added to the mix.
Recreation officials are working with Champions in Motion to offer classes for youths 4- to 18-years-old. Participants will have the opportunity to learn chants, cheers and routines. In addition to promoting self-esteem and self-confidence, officials believe the non-profit organization can prepare individuals for cheer tryouts and other event such as parades. Based out of Cary, Champions in Motion offers services through Virginia and the Carolinas for cheerleading and martial arts.
“It’s more of competitive type of cheerleading, versus doing cheering for football games and things like that,” said David Wall Jr., athletic program director for the department. “We’re working with them in trying to provide that program for the girls.”
The registration day is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Bellamy Center, 500 Pierce St. Clinton. Following that day classes will occur at the same location on Thursday, Feb. 11, with times for different age groups. For ages 4 to 6, classes are set for 6 to 6:45 p.m. The class for children 7 to 9, is scheduled for 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. for participants 10 and up.
Registration is $8 and is $7 per week. Fees may be paid on a weekly basis. Also, registration is open during the first three weeks of class.
Wall said the cheerleading program came about because inquires were made about offering cheer activities in the community.
“It’s a program that we’ve had some interest in,” Wall said about having discussions with parents. “We’ve been approached about having some cheerleading. We thought this would be a pretty good way of doing.”
In addition to the upcoming cheer program, Wall said there’s a possibility that the department will offer a family kickball program in 2016. If implemented, Wall said it may began in March or April, when temperatures get higher.
“We’re trying to get more into doing some family-oriented programs,” Wall said. “We want to try it out and see how it works.”
Kickball is one of many athletic-related activities which will be available next year. For the most part, Wall said some of the participation decreased with younger students, which is a trend across the state.
“With younger age groups, up until 11 years old, our numbers are holding kind of strong,” Wall said
For more information about the Champions in Motion Cheerleading program or registration, visit www.championsinmotion.org or call 910-769-3408.
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