“Tenerife Tigers are a great reflection of the cultural co-existence we value highly in Adeje”
The Adeje –based cheerleaders, the Tenerife Tigers are in intensive training in preparation for the 2ª España Cheer and Dance (2do Campeonato de España e internaciónal de Cheerleaders y Dancers) national competition which is taking place in Madrid on September 27th and 28th . Last year the team brought home 12 trophies in various categories.
“The Tenerife Tigers are a great reflection of the cultural co-existence we value highly in Adeje”, said the municipal sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.
“We are really excited about returning to Madrid and both defending our existing titles and looking to take home some new ones as well”, said head coach and Vamos a Bailar dance school owner Amanda Lambert. “The girls have been working so hard that I hope we can win some trophies, but in all honesty simply taking part is an honour and a great learning experience for the whole team”, she added.
The Tenerife Tigers are a firm favourite in Adeje and feature in all of the borough’s parades and fiestas. The have represented Adeje, and Tenerife, at various national and international competitions, and this year they will bring their biggest contingent to date, with girls from 5 years up to 18 competing up to 15 different categories.
Councillor Alonso Ferrera said, “Amanda and her coaching staff have worked hard to make the team very much a part of the huge sporting offer we have in Adeje, and we wish them all the best in Madrid where we know they will make us proud. They take with them the best wishes of the council and the public who are always delighted to see the girls perform in the town”.
The 2º España Cheer and Dance event takes place in the Palacio de Cristal in the Casa de Campo trade centre in Madrid, as part of the International Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Classic Europe and with the International Cheer Union organisation. As well as encouraging participants to compete and have fun, the event strives to expand these kind of sports in Spain. Winning teams may also have the chance to compete in the USA in Disney World, in Orlando in the official world championships.
The Tenerife Tigers were formed four years ago as part of the Let’s Dance/Vamos a Bailar school in Callao Salvaje, and now also train in the Tijoco La Hoya Sports Pavillion. Today there are up to 60 girls in the various squads – minis, youths, junior and seniors. The Tigers are very much a reflection of the multicultural society in Adeje, with parents from all over the world, including Spain Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, Russia and beyond. “It’s a big international family”, says Amanda. “The girls really look out for each other and encourage each other, from the youngest up. And taking on this trip to Madrid is not easy, so luckily we can count on the support of many of the parents of the girls who will travel with us”, she added.