If you were on Bournemouth’s beach or at the Bournemouth International Centre over the weekend of 7th to the 9th July 2017 you must have spotted the hoards of athletic, Lycra-clad cheerleaders around town to take part in the prestigious annual Future Cheer Internationals competition.
This dynamic dance championships attracts cheer crews and teams from all over Europe competing for a place at and funding for the next year’s world cheerleading championships in Florida, USA.
Europe’s largest cheerleading and dance competition takes place over the course of a weekend in the BIC’s Windsor and Purbeck Halls, with teams competing on a full size sprung floor across various categories including tiny, mini, youth, special needs, junior, senior and stunt.
When they’re not in front of the judges, many of the teams spill out onto the beach just by the pier, where the golden sand provides a tempting surface for polishing their most daring moves. Often there are big screens installed just on the prom showing the running order for teams who have fled the BIC for the beach and also showing competition highlights for those not attending the big event in person.