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Step up for a new challenge.

Byline: Steven Ventura

IF donning a sparkly outfit and kicking and spinning in front of 200 million TV viewers does not faze you, then you could be what the Scottish Claymores are looking for.

The American football side are searching for a new team of cheerleaders to entertain fans.

But it's not all pom-poms and ra-ra-ra, the Claymores girls are not retro US high school chicks. They are a slick, sexy dance group that would be equally at home in a J-Lo video.

Manager Debbie Jackson said: "Cheerleading is big business now. Squads in the USA are sophisticated dance troupes.

"It's no longer enough to do a routine on the field. These days the girls do costume shows with a special theme, they sing, dance and perform with props and special effects. They're entertainers."

The gridiron side are looking for 36 young ladies to make up the 2003 Claymores cheer- leading squad.

The girls who have been part of the team include students, doctors, lawyers and teachers. But by the start of the new season they're entertaining throngs of fans with some amazing dance manoeuvres.

Apart from appearing at all the team's games at Hampden, the troupe will also perform at Europe's showpiece final, the World Bowl. With a TV audience of 200 million expected to tune in to the big showdown next June, experts will be drafted in to make sure the dancers have fantastic new material to wow the fans.

This year the team went to Texas to learn routines from America's top choreographers.

Debbie said: "We were taught by people who have created shows for the Super Bowl.

"We also learned routines from Britney Spears' dance co-ordinator, Brian Friedman, the man behind the video for Baby One More Time."

Cheerleader tryouts are open to girls over 18. And there is no upper age limit.

Head along to the Gorbals Leisure Centre, Glasgow, on October 6 for a trial.

You can also check out the recruitment roadshows at the Plaza Shopping Centre, East Kilbride, on September 21 and on September 28 and 30 at the St Enoch Centre, Glasgow.

Debbie added: "Becoming a cheerleader is a challenge but it's certainly worth it.

"It's ffun and gives the girls a chance to make dozens of new friends."

Call for an application form and more details on 0141-222 3800.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 26, 2002
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