What to wear & what to bring - kids coming along for a trial class can wear any comfortable sports wear (shorts, joggers, leggings, tshirt etc.). If they have a pair of indoor only trainers, these would be perfect to bring along. However, if they don't have any that's no problem - they can just do the class in their socks. I would suggest they bring a bottle of water along. Jewellery should be removed and long hair should be tied up. Kids are not allowed sweets, snacks or chewing gum at class. Those who are staying for more than 1 class are permitted to have a snack with them for the break. However, please ensure that any snacks do not contain any peanut or kiwi products as we have participants with severe allergies. Please ensure that young athletes use the toilet before coming to class. This will help to prevent any disruption - thank-you!
Entrance to the building - Arriving for the first class, you should use entrance J at the Stirling Enterprise Park (around the back). I will meet everyone at door J 5-10 minutes before class starts. I will then escort the class down the corridor to the studio. In the evening, the main doors are locked for security reasons. If you are running late and cannot gain access, please send me a message through the Planet Cheer Facebook page. This will give me an instant notification on my watch and I can arrange for someone to come and let you in. Please do not email as I will not be checking these during class. After class is finished, I will bring all participants back to the main door to be picked up. If you are running late to pick up, I will take them back to the studio with the next class. Please send me a message on your arrival and I can arrange for them to be brought to the door for you.
Covid-19 measures - There are hand sanitiser stations at the main door and also within the studio. All DMC classes are run in accordance with Scottish Government and SportCheer Scotland Covid-19 guidelines and will be modified as required.
Feeling anxious? - I know that starting a new club can be a very anxious experience for kids, especially when they don't know anyone else there. At DMC we pride ourselves on making everyone feel welcome and as comfortable as possible. If your athlete is feeling particularly anxious, please let me know in advance of their first class. I can arrange an earlier meeting time and a personal tour of the studio for the family. This will allow them to become familiar with their surroundings and their new coach before the rest of the kids arrive. We can also arrange a class buddy to help them settle in.
Fees are paid in 4 weekly terms. You can pay by bank transfer, credit/debit card or by direct debit. You will be emailed an invoice 10 days before the term is due to start. Payment must be received within 7 days (the Friday before the term starts). Details of how to pay will be on your invoice.
Term dates for 2021/2022 season are as follows:
Term 1 - 9th Aug - 3rd Sept
Term 2 - 6th Sept - 1st Oct
Term 3 - 4th Oct - 5th Nov (off 11th - 15th for October break)
Term 4 - 8th Nov - 3rd Dec
Term 5 - 6th Dec - 21st Jan (off 20th Dec - 7th Jan for Christmas break)
Term 6 - 24th Jan - 25th Feb (off 14th - 18th Feb for February break)
Term 7 - 28th Feb - 25th Mar
Term 8 - 28th Mar - 6th May (off 4th - 15th April for Easter break)
Term 9 - 9th May - 3rd June
Term 10 - 6th June - 1st July
All invoices MUST be paid by midnight on the payment deadline day. Unfortunately, we have to have strict policies in place to avoid regular and persistent late payments. If you are in genuine financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact me to discuss before the due date.
If your term fee invoice is overdue, you will be charged a late payment fee (please see below for details) in the first instance. Your athlete will also not be allowed to participate in classes until the balance has been paid.
Late payment fees
1st late payment - £5
2nd late payment - £10
3rd late payment - £20
If your fees are late on 4 occasions in one season, your athlete will no longer be allowed to attend classes at DMC.
Please note that we can set up a Direct Debit if you are concerned about missing due dates. I have also listed them below so that you can put these in your calendar to remind you.
Term 5 - 3rd Dec
Term 6 - 21st Jan
Term 7 - 25th Feb
Term 8 - 25th Mar
Term 9 - 6th May
Term 10 - 3rd Jun
Our class uniform consists of a team t-shirt & plain black shorts (cheer shorts, Nike Pros) and a cheerleading hair bow (any colour is fine - must be hair elastic kind and not a clip on one). Cheerleaders are expected to have cheerleading trainers and dancers require tan split sole slip on jazz shoes & hip-hop trainers. All of these items (and more) are available to buy in our online shop. We also have other, optional items available. These include hoodies, onesies, crop tops, personalised drink bottles and cheerleading bows.
New athletes are not expected to get their uniform items straight away. I understand that you will want to see if your kids are going to stay at the club long term before spending money on a uniform. However, it is expected that all athletes will have their full class uniform within 6-8 weeks of joining. Cheerleading trainers can be expensive, but eBay can be a good shout for second hand ones in great condition.
Existing athletes are expected to wear their uniform to every class. Those who attend more than 1 class per week can wear a competition t-shirt to additional classes. Joggers, hoodies and leggings are allowed for warming up in only and are not permitted to be worn for training in. All jewellery must be removed or taped over (small stud earrings are allowed but not recommended). Long hair should be securely tied back. If your athlete turns up for class with acrylic nails, false nails, long sharp nails - they will not be allowed to participate in stunts or tumbling for safety reasons.
Recreational - Attendance at class is optional for all recreational athletes. There is no minimum attendance required and they will keep their space on the team as long as fees are paid.
Competition - Competition athletes are expected to maintain an excellent attendance record. Cheerleading is a complex sport that requires athletes to work in groups and as a team. People cannot be easily substituted and so it is difficult to train with missing athletes. Any competition athletes who have a poor attendance record may be removed from the competition team as a result.
Elite Competition - Elite competition athletes are expected to have 100% attendance and should only miss classes in the event of illness/injury or a family emergency. Athletes who need to miss classes for holidays/parties/other hobbies etc. will not be suitable for these teams. Full commitment for the entire season is also required. Please think carefully if the elite team is the right fit for your athlete before committing.