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A Wigan based cheerleading and dance group will represent the UK at the European Cheerleading Championships.

A Wigan based cheerleading and dance group will take to the international stage this month as they represent the UK at the European Cheerleading Championships.

And, Wigan Vipers Cheer and Dance have been given £1,000 from Wigan Council’s Brighter Borough pot to help with the cost of sending a seventeen-strong team to Holland where the championships are being held. Wigan Council launched Brighter Borough as a way for councillors to engage with the community and invest money directly into their wards for events, causes and projects that will benefit their constituents.

Leader of the council, Councillor David Molyneux and his fellow ward councillors, Janice Sharratt and Jim Moodie, clubbed their Brighter Borough funds together to send the team to Holland.

Since they were founded in 2015, the team has been successful in a number of regional competitions and have even performed in front of thousands of spectators and international judges at a national event held at the Manchester Velodrome.

Danielle Knowles set up Wigan Vipers Cheer and Dance with a passion to offer affordable recreational classes for local young people. She said: “We were invited to represent the UK following our success our first national event earlier this year and we couldn’t be more excited to represent Wigan on an international scale. “The girls train so hard and love what they do so it’s an honour to represent the country. Of course, this comes at a great cost to the club and because we rely heavily on fundraising, the money from the council’s Brighter Borough pot will help massively.

“We’ve always been known for our ‘access for all’ approach and endeavour to keep costs low to none for our members. This is because we want children of all backgrounds and households with a range of incomes to be engaged with sport without the worry of unnecessary expenses. “We will continue fundraising so we can reach our target and have arranged supermarket bag packs, raffles and sponsored walks but this money has definitely brought us one step closer to our goal.”

After the European Championships, the club aspire to prepare for their next competition season with the hope of obtaining National Championship titles.