The University of Portsmouth cheerleading club has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Chancellor’s Award.
The award is presented to the most inclusive of all students clubs and societies through the previous year. It was instigated by Chancellor Sandi Toksvig who felt very strongly that clubs or societies should be recognised for their efforts promoting inclusivity, participation, fitness and wellbeing.
Sandi said: “I’m passionate that our staff and students should engage with their bodies as well as their minds. If our bodies aren’t fit, our minds are not going to work properly. It’s marvellous that the cheerleading club has won this year’s award and I look forward to presenting it at my last Chancellor’s Dinner.”
The club has actively engaged and enticed over 100 members from all spectrums of the student population through online channels and at the Freshers’ Fayre. It also actively promotes fitness and wellbeing by holding one-to-one gym sessions with competition coaches and regular conditioning training.
The Union’s Vice-President of Sports, Ben Conway, praised the club for its ‘meet the committee’ campaign, an initiative to put prospective members at ease.
He said: “Portsmouth Phoenix Cheerleading Club is a deserved winner of this year’s Chancellor’s Award. The members are an amazing example of the fantastic things our students do every year. Congratulations and keep up the incredible work.”
The Chancellor’s Award will be presented at the Chancellor’s Dinner on Friday 10 March. Sandi Toksvig will be joined by guest speaker, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, at the iconic Portsmouth Guildhall, for her last dinner as University Chancellor.
The black tie dinner is for current students, staff and alumni. A limited number of student tickets are still available: http://bit.ly/2k09ZXJ