Coaches

Hannah Bottomley – Founder and Head Coach

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Hannah first started cheerleading in 2009 when she joined the competitive team at The University of York (York Hornets). Having previously been a dancer and gymnast, she quickly fell in love with cheerleading and went on to win regional and national titles with her university team.

After graduating in 2012, Hannah continued cheerleading with Aviator Allstars in Leeds where she competed at level 4 and at level 6. She also took over as coach for the York Hornets from 2012-15, leading the teams to four university national titles in levels 2 and 3.

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Hannah has also has 4 years experience coaching gymnastics locally, coaching children aged 4 to 16.

After moving back to the area in late 2015, Hannah was determined to bring the amazing sport of cheerleading to the children and young people in the community where she grew up. It wasn’t long until Wildfire Cheer was born in February 2016 and Hannah has been coaching and developing the club ever since.

Currently she coaches all 3 recreational classes and 6 competitive teams, as well as running the club during the day.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified cheerleading coach (ICU Levels 1-4)
  • Qualified gymnastics coach (British Gymnastics Level 1)
  • First Aid trained
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children trained
  • Enhanced DBS check

Debbie Bottomley – Assistant Cheer Coach

Mum coach picDebbie has been integral in setting up the club, she has been a part of Wildfire Cheer since we set up in February 2016 and continues to help out with tumbling and our younger competitive teams.

She is a former P.E. teacher and has been coaching gymnastics in Shepshed for over 20 years.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified gymnastics coach
  • First Aid trained
  • Enhanced DBS check

Gemma Dineley – Cheer and Stunt Coach

Gemma also first got involved with cheerleading at university, competing with the team at the University of Leicester (Leicester Panthers) from 2012 to 2016, as well as being their Group Stunt Coach from 2016-17.

She started coaching with Wildfire Cheer in 2017 and now coaches 4 of our competitive cheer teams as well as being our main group stunt coach.

In her spare time Gemma also coaches and competes with Galaxy Allstars in Leicester as well as being part of Team England Paracheer for 2020 and 2021!

Qualifications:

  • Qualified cheerleading coach (USASF Levels 1-5)
  • First Aid trained
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children trained
  • Enhanced DBS check

Emma Kirk – Tumbling Coach

Emma started out as a dancer and gymnast and has been coaching elite level gymnastics for 7 years after getting involved in coaching through her daughters. She also got involved with cheeleading in 2018, through one of her daughters being part of Wildfire Cheer.

Emma now also runs the gymnastics side of our organisation, Elevate Elite!

Qualifications:

  • Qualified gymnastics coach (British Gymnastics Level 3)
  • First Aid trained
  • Enhanced DBS check

Shannon Noone – Pom Coach

Shannon has danced since the age of 3 and has trained in disco freestyle, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballroom and latin. She has previously taught as both a student and qualified teacher under ISTD at Nuneaton Dance center. She began cheerleading at university and and also became hip hop, pom and Jazz/lyrical captain and choreographer.

In her free time, Shannon competes with Galaxy Allstars and is also a Year 6 teacher in a primary school. She will be joining us as Pom Coach in August 2019 and is looking forward to joining Wildfire’s journey, meeting everyone and having lots of fun!

Qualifications:

  • Dance Associate (ISTD)
  • First Aid trained
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Mental Health and Counselling qualification

Junior Coaches

Since 2017 we have been running a Junior Coach programme. This gives our athletes aged 12+ the opportunity to help out with younger age classes to gain coaching experience. So far, 5 of our Junior Coaches have completed the BGU 12-16 Junior Coach course in Nottingham and are on their journey towards becoming fully qualified cheerleading coaches!

If your child is interested for the future then please get in touch by emailing hannah@wildfirecheer.com.