Abbe Spencer, head coach and founder, leads the Swanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, the Rockets and Rocketeers, in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY
“When we say Magpies, you say go – Magpies, go! Magpies, go!”

Swanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, the Rockets and Rocketeers, in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSwanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, the Rockets and Rocketeers, in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY
This is just one of the many chants that could soon be ringing out of the grounds at Aldiss Park, home to Dereham Town Football Club.

It comes following the launch of a new cheerleading squad and upcoming tryouts next week.

Put together by cheer squad coach, Abbe Spencer, who currently runs the Swanton Morley Rockets, described the opportunity as an exciting one for the area.

Speaking about the newly formed Dereham Town Magpies, she said: “Coming from a dance and gymnastics background, as well as seeing competitive cheer through my daughter’s squad, I was instantly influenced to get involved.

Aldiss Park, the home of Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: Ian BurtAldiss Park, the home of Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: Ian Burt
“Cheerleading is not the stereotype of chanting and pom poms, its an official sport, including stunts, tumbling, jumps and dance all combined to music.”

Mrs Spencer currently coaches two non-competitive display teams, made up of children aged from four to 11 years old.

She added: “The children are so enthusiastic to learn and love working as a team, building healthy friendships.

“I wanted to bring that to Dereham Town Football Club, not only on match days but also at local events in the community.

Swanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, the Rockets and Rocketeers, in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSwanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, the Rockets and Rocketeers, in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY
“I have always been a huge football fan and often followed my dad’s successes coaching a team in Kent. Bringing support to your local club will always build a positive influence in that team and the community involved.

“Now we are involved in a new, exciting development in sport combining cheer and football.

“We hope to put together a squad that Dereham Town FC will be proud of.”

The Rockets first displayed at the match between Dereham Town and Coggeshall Town earlier this year. They were an instant hit with the crowds, including The Voice judge and former X-Factor contestant Olly Murs, who is a director at Coggeshall Town Football Club.

Girls from the Rockets team, from left, front, Olivia, nine; Mollie, 10; and Poppy, nine; practice their moves as part of the Swanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, with their backstops, from left, Aaliya, 10; Hollie, 11; and Enya, eight; in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGirls from the Rockets team, from left, front, Olivia, nine; Mollie, 10; and Poppy, nine; practice their moves as part of the Swanton Morley Cheerleaders Club, with their backstops, from left, Aaliya, 10; Hollie, 11; and Enya, eight; in training for their new role cheerleading for Dereham Town Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY
DTFC chairman Ashley Bunn said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership as we have been working hard with Abbe Spencer to bring this together.

“It is another great offering at the football club and something that we hope will really benefit the people of our community.”

– Tryouts take place on August 10 and 11 from 2pm at Aldiss Park, and are for young people aged between 11 and 18 years old. For more information, or to book a spot, contact Mrs Spencer on 07814 003039 or email magpiescheer@gmail.com.

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