International Cheerleading survey launched at:

July 5, 2011


AN INTERNATIONAL survey into cheerleading and whether it should be recognised as a sport has been launched by Staffordshire University’s Centre for International Sports Law (CISL), which is run in partnership with Thompson Rivers University in Canada.

The survey, launched online today, Tuesday, July 5, has been backed by cheerleading associations internationally. These include: The US National Cheer Safety Foundation, the UK Cheerleading Association (UKCA), Future Cheer, International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), the British Cheerleading Association (BCA), and British Gymnastics.

Kris Lines, CISL Co-Director, said: “It is important to get international opinion on the subject of cheerleading becoming a sport. This has been a particular issue in the US where there are more than 1.5 million cheerleaders.

“In the UK all the major cheerleading organisations support the survey and research and we are delighted that Sport England has also confirmed that they’re interesting in the findings and academic opinion.”

The survey aims to collect opinions from a wide range of backgrounds, from those with no cheerleading knowledge to competitors and coaches. All viewpoints are being welcomed by researchers, particularly from those that believe
cheerleading shouldn’t be a sport.

We would also welcome your articles, comments or papers on either what is a sport generally, or more particularly your views on whether cheerleading should be recognised as a sport. These can be either hyperlinked back to your site / blog, or
uploaded directly onto the site as pdfs. Please send any hyperlinks or pdfs to and I will get our web-team at the University to make the necessary additions.

The BIG Debate: Cheerleading Questionnaire can be found on the Staffordshire University website, at

Go direct to the anonymous 12question survey here:

Go direct to our Facebook page supporting the survey, which showcases cheerleading:!/pages/The-BIG-Debate-Is-Cheerleading-a-Sport/164283626975637

For further information contact the Staffordshire University press office on +44(0)1785 353401 or email

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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