Trent Tigers share their spirit at Nottingham Children's Hospital

NTU's cheerleaders have become Play Makers at a local hospital, bringing joy to sick children through play.

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The Trent Tigers

NTU's cheerleaders have become Play Makers at a local hospital, bringing joy to sick children through play.

Wanting to give back to the local community and improve the image of their sport, the cheerleaders - known as Trent Tigers - contacted Nottingham Children's Hospital, who invited them to take part in their Play and Development Service as Play Makers.

Providing play and recreation, the service is aimed at developing, distracting and rehabilitating children before, during, and following illness.

During their first visit, the girls arrived at the hospital laden with glitter, sequins and other craft materials, ready to turn each child into a cheerleader. They spent two hours playing and crafting with the children, telling them about their sport and showing them their uniforms. Finally, they helped the children to make their own bows, similar to those that the girls wear for competitions, so that they too could be cheerleaders.

At the end of their afternoon of quality time with the children, the girls left feeling very happy about their experience. Chynna Davies, Head of PR and Fundraising for NTU Cheerleading, explained: "We had discussed getting involved with a children's foundation or organisation for a long time. We felt that the bubbly and positive characters in our squad could really offer something to an organisation focusing on children."

Tigers cheerleader, Chloe Newton, said: "I don't know who was more excited by all the glitter and sequins, the children or the cheerleaders! Such lovely characters; I'm really looking forward to going back."

Participation Sports Development Officer, Lyn Winkworth praised her club's achievements: "I'm really pleased to see a club not only doing voluntary work, but in the community and not directly associated with their sport. The Tigers have been heavily involved in volunteering over the past two years and it's great to see them taking on their own project."

To find out more about the Trent Tigers visit check out their Twitter page.

Trent Tigers share their spirit at Nottingham Children's Hospital

Published on 8 January 2015
  • Category: Sport

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