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We've a lot to cheer about.

POM poms and batons were the order of the day as hundreds of young people helped to break the world cheer leading record.

More than 400 youngsters from across the region took part in the event at Nechells Community Sport Centre.

Many had spent months perfecting their 90-second cheer routine.

However, co-ordinators were forced to fight against the clock to teach the routine to the remainder in a 15-minute crash course. Tensions were high after nerves got the better of the group on their first attempt.

Thankfully, everything came together for the second try which went off without a hitch.

The children were cheered along the way by Birmingham-born Wayne Elcock, former British & WBU World Middleweight Champion.

The group will go down in the record books having shattered the former record which was set by 297 cheer leaders at the University of Memphis in November last year.

The new record holders are set apart from their predecessors in that they perform Street Cheer, a stylish urban twist on the traditional form.

Rapidly growing in popularity, Street Cheer is an innovative fusion of cheer leading with the moves of street dance.

The event marked the start of the annual West Midlands StreetGames festival.


Record-breakers: Youngsters celebrate after breaking the world record with more than 400 taking part. Picture: Iain Findlay
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 7, 2010
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