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Last Updated: Monday August 17 2009 07:32 GMT

I'm captain of an all-boy cheerleading squad

Press Packer Joe who is the captain of the Dazl Diamond Peewee Boyz cheerleading squad

Press Packer Joe is the captain of the Peewee Boyz.

Here is his report about being in the only all-boy cheerleading squad in Europe.

"I started doing cheerleading as I went to watch my older sister in a competition and it looked really fun!

So I joined a mixed squad and danced with boys and girls before our head coach formed an all-boy squad in January.

We are called the Peewee Boyz and are the only all-boy cheerleading squad in Europe.

I am now the captain which is great especially as I was picked by the rest of my squad - it was a real confidence boost!

Captain responsibilities

Being captain means I have to look after the other boys and if they get moves wrong I guide and help them.

Pics of the boys
Ricky with pom-poms

Sometimes I also have to tell them off though which is quite hard but it is good that they respect me.

The thing I like most about being captain though is that I get to collect the trophy at competitions if we win!

We train twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays after school. This is when we learn routines for competitions

Our coaches - Ian, Terry and Vicky - come up with the ideas for routines and we learn them bit by bit..

Cheerleaders shout for Newsround

We learn a new technique and then polish it the next time we train and then learn the next move.

It can take quite a long time - our first competition was in April and we had been practising our routine since January!

Home practice

My favourite move is the split jump - you have to jump high in the air and do the splits at the same time. Its quite energetic and I've practised it a lot at home.

We have our squad uniform which is black trackie bottoms and a black dance top which we wear at competitions. And our pom-poms are pink and black.

Sometimes I get a bit nervous at competitions but once we start doing our warm-up and stretches we just run on and do our routine and I'm OK.

Big competition

We have just won third place at the British Cheerleading Association International Championships in Coventry.

This was fantastic as it is the biggest competition in Europe and we were the only all-boy squad!

When cheerleading goes wrong

We had to perform in front of about six judges who marked us.

Our routine starts with us all wearing hoodies and doing street dance, then we through off our hoods and grab our pom-poms and go into the cheer bit.

It is great as people just don't expect it!

And as we are the only all-boy squad we were mentioned in the BCA programme and so everyone recognised us before we had even performed.

Cheering crowd

When we finished our routine the crowd went crazy and cheered loads for us!

I love cheerleading as it is really energetic and fun.

And I think High School Musical is great as in it boys do cheerleading as well as girls. Sometimes people have teased me a bit for being a boy cheerleader I just ignore them.

We think they are just jealous as we are always with lots of girls at competitions and the girls really pamper us!

Our next competition is in November so I am are going to be training hard until then!"

Joe, 11, Leeds

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