IN PICTURES: Inter-Schools Cheerleading Championship

Pupils came out on top in the inter-schools cheerleading competition held at Denny High School last Thursday.

Bo’ness Academy were unable to retain their title but pushed Larbert High – who won the competition – all the way in the Pom Dance section of the event.

It’s the third year the competition has been running and it continues to grow with 12 teams and over 400 pupils from around the central belt competing in this year’s showpiece.

Among the teams in it from the Falkirk area were Bo’ness Academy, Denny High School, Larbert High, Falkirk High School and Braes High School.

Experts in cheerleading – Kelly Whittington, Dominique Bowie and Marguerite Modica – were the three judges and marked the teams out of a combined score of 300.

Participants were judged on their dancing, timing, creativity and technique.

In the Cheer Division which focused more on gymnastic ability with tumbles and stunts thrown in, Whitehill Secondary School came first, St Ninian’s High School came in second and Alva Academy came third. Caroline McIntyre, a former cheerleader herself and PE teacher at Bo’ness Academy said: “It’s about changing the perception of cheerleading.

“It’s not just standing about with pom poms there’s so much more to it. It’s now being promoted in schools and being given a bigger status.

“It’s great for pupils confidence, discipline, teamwork and social integration with other pupils.”