This weekend the Cardiff Snakecharmers Cheerleading Squad and the Cardiff Cobras American Football team hosted two of the biggest events of their years.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Snakecharmers and the 25th of the Cobras, the teams joined forces with old girls and boys in order to put on a black-tie benefit dinner to raise enough money to take them through their competition seasons.
The evening began with a drinks reception before moving onto a three course meal.
Following this, there were introductory speeches from the head of the Old Boys’ Association, James Mackay, and acting head of the soon-to-be-created Old Girls’ Association, Natasha Wedlock. The Cobras unveiled their dream team before both squads settled down to acknowledging the commitment and dedication of past participants with Halls of Fame for both squads.
Andy Bate, an Old Boy who sadly passed away last year, was honoured by the attendees, who remembered his love for his squad and his dedication to its achievements.
After speeches from current captains Laura Harman and Larry Hunt, the formal part of the evening was concluded with a raffle. Amongst the prizes donated by local businesses and independents were a bottle of champagne and a £15 iTunes voucher, kindly given by CPS Homes as part of a continuing relationship between themselves and the Snakecharmers.
Whilst drunkenness did ensue for most, the current teams couldn’t party too hard. The Superbowl party, held by both squads in conjunction with South Wales Warriors, was the following day.
At the most successful Superbowl party yet, both of the competitive cheerleading squads put on incredible performances. For many, this was their first experience of a public performance, just three weeks to go until their first competition at BCA Western Classics.
Both squads are now pumped up to continue their seasons, hoping for victories.