COACHES

Tasmin Steer

Tasmin Steer

Program Director and Head Coach

Tasmin’s own cheerleading experience inspired her to create a Cheer team in London. What makes this program special is that it has a place for everyone, from kids’ classes to adult-only, allowing athletes to feel valued and progress to the best of their ability.

 

Tasmin’s coaching career started at Bristol University, where she led the team to become Ultimate Champions – meaning they placed first in the UK!

 

During her time coaching Tasmin has worked with All-Star, school, and university squads of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced and athletes from ages 3 – 30+. She has also cheered on ESPN and choreographed for the Rugby League World Cup!

 

Her teams have been named:

Ultimate Champions (first place in the UK)!

Grand Champions

Numerous National & Regional Championship titles

…and a large percentage of athletes on these teams were completely new to Cheer!

 

Beyond Cheer coaching, Tasmin is also a highly experienced judge, working at Cheerleading competitions across the UK. She has judged Cheer levels 0 to level 7, Tiny to Masters, and all styles of dance. This unique experience feeds directly into her role as Head Coach, as it is invaluable when coaching and choreographing routines at Ultimate Cheer.

 

She holds her Cheerleading coaching qualifications for Levels 1 – 6 and is also one of only a handful of IASF-certified Safety Judges in the UK. She is DBS (Enhanced) checked, First Aid certified, and holds safeguarding certifications in Child Protection in Education & Safeguarding Young People.

Claire

Claire

Program Manager

Claire has been an administrator for almost 5 years and has worked for the not for profit organisation, The Soldiers’ Arts Academy CIC, and as a freelancer. She has a degree in English Language and Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. She is super organised (thanks to running around after her 7 year old son) and will keeps things running smoothly! She is excited to join Ultimate Cheer and immerse herself in all things Cheerleading.

Izzy Mclure

Izzy Mclure

Coach

Izzy does it all, she has an extensive background in gymnastics, dance, and acrobatics. Currently running our adult Development program and lead coaching Blaze Level 5 development, alongside Wild Card (level 3 NT) and Lucky Charms (youth novice level 1) who recently hit zero at their first competition of the year.

 

Izzy joined Ultimate Cheer in season 3 and has competed with Wild Card (level 3 NT, Blackjacks (open level 3), and Lady Luck (open pom). She is thrilled to be leading three teams this season and is passionate is in development and learning fueled by her background in Psychology.

 

Izzy started Cheerleading at Durham University. Izzy competed with Durham Divas on their All-Girl Level 3 team and was the Dance and Team Captain, as well as becoming Club Captain in her final year. Izzy is proud to have founded the first Pom and Performance teams at Durham. She was nominated as Vice President of Team Durham and won a Half Palatinate award recognising her commitment. Alongside this Izzy also competed with the Durham Divas Level 5 team. Izzy also has competed with Loughborough University Goldrush (all-Girl Level 3).


Roxy Harpham

Roxy Harpham

Merch Manager and Coach

Roxy has been with Ultimate Cheer from the very start, competing on their first-ever team, Wild Card! She started as a Celtic at the University of Leeds in 2012, winning first place at University Nationals three years running. She then joined an allstar club, competing in both the US and Europe, even winning a worlds bid with her Level 6 team. She is currently a backspot on 4 of a Kind (Level 4 NT).

Roxy has taken a step back from regular coaching this season, although she’ll still be popping up to cover classes occasionally! She is also our merch manager and is your go-to for any uniform or training kit queries or ideas. You’ll never see her without some kind of Ultimate Cheer branded item!

Sacha Harding

Sacha Harding

Events Manager and Coach

Sacha brings creativity into all cheer routines. Currently lead coaching Showdown Junior Prep Level 1 and assistant coaching Carte Rouge (senior prep level 1), and Lucky Charms (youth novice level 1). Sacha’s influence on the choreography helps take these teams to the next level.

 

Sacha joined Ultimate Cheer in season 3 and is a dedicated athlete and a fantastic base. This season she is competing on both 4 of a Kind (level 4 NT) and Wild Card (level 3 NT). She started cheerleading at the University of Reading as an athlete on their level 1 and 2 teams.

 

We are super excited to have Sacha taking on the role of club Events Manager this season. We know she has some creative ideas for all Ultimate Cheer events and end-of-season tour.

Ellen Cannon

Ellen Cannon

Camps and Clinics Manager and Coach

Ellen first began cheering at 7 years old and it’s been a part of her life ever since. She’s competed nationally and internationally at levels 1 to 5 and (thanks to her slow-to-hit growth spurt) has also tried every position over her 19-year cheer career! She began coaching 11 years ago and has since led multiple teams to national champ titles including coaching her university team at Loughborough and learning from the best of the best coaching in the US and Australia.

 

This is Ellens’s 3rd season with Ultimate Cheer and she cannot wait to see all our current and new athletes grow in confidence as they perfect their skills in the nurturing environment Ultimate Cheer provides. Ellen has trained a range of very successful teams since joining Ultimate Cheer from Jack Attack (under 17’s level 1) who won National Champions to Grand Slam (senior level 2) and 4 of a Kind (level 4 NT).

 

Ellen is also our Camps and Clinics manager and is excited to bring some of the best coaching talents in the UK to Ultimate Cheer to upskill our athletes and coaches and share knowledge across the industry!

Brodie Hennell

Brodie Hennell

Safeguarding Lead and Coach

Brodie cant remember a time without cheer! Not only has she competed and coached in the UK but across the world in Australia, the US, and China from Levels 1-4. As well as being a lead tumble coach for level 1-5 athletes. Her proudest athlete achievement was coming 1st place at the International Championship in Hong Kong.

 

In 2018 Brodie ‘retired’ from Cheerleading and moved from Australia to the UK but the love and passion for the sport were too much and she joined Ultimate Cheer in season 3, as an athlete for both Cheerleading and Pom. Brodie wants to encourage athletes to develop their skills in a fun and exciting way and encourage their passion for cheerleading! This season Brodie is leading Tumble and Flyer classes. As well as assistant coaching High Rollers (senior level 2.1), Showdown (junior prep level 1) and stunt development classes for both kids and adults this season.

 

Brodie is our Safeguarding and Welfare lead. She is extremely experienced in this role having held numerous lead safeguarding roles in educational settings throughout her career.

Amy Niven

Amy Niven

Head of Tumble

Amy has a wide background in dance and gymnastics. She began Cheerleading at the University of St. Andrews, winning a National Championship title and University Half Blues, while competing in both Group Stunt and Team Squads. Alongside competing Amy was Captain and Coach, she coached the Level 2 Squad and Level 2/3 Group Stunts.

Amy joined UC last season as both an athlete and coach. She loves being at UC as it is such a great and supportive group of people.

Amy is coaching our new Open Level 1 team, Card Sharks and Under 18’s Non-Competitive Team, Baby Aces/Jokers/Dynamite. She is really looking forward to this season and watching the teams progress throughout the year.

Alongside coaching, this season Amy is also competing on 4 of a Kind (Level 4 NT).

Karina Mann

Karina Mann

Marketing and Coach

Karina started her cheerleading journey at the University of Liverpool. In her first year competing at Level 1, her team won National Champions at BCA University Nationals! In addition to competing Karina was part of their development team. She fell in love with the sport and so in her final year at university become the President of her Liverpool Foxes.

 

Karina couldn’t resist the buzz of the cheer world so joined Ultimate Cheer at the start of this season. Karina is part of the Assistant Coaching pathway and is so excited about her first coaching role. She especially cannot wait to work with athletes who may be new to the sport. She loves the team-driven nature of cheerleading and hopes that through her role as coach, she can support young athletes through their own journey as blossoming cheerleaders! Karina coaches Flyer class, Tumble, and Under 18’s development. Alongside coaching, Karina competes with Wild Card (evel 3 NT).


Beth Yardley-Watts

Beth Yardley-Watts

Coach

Beth fell in love with Cheerleading when she competed as a base with Sheffield Sabrecats on their level 2 team. Following university, Beth tried to take a break from cheerleading, but realised she missed it too much. She then joined the Ultimate Cheer family back in season 3 as an athlete. Beth now coaches two teams – adult Development levels 1 -5 and Wild Card (level 3 NT). Beth is so excited to work on new skills and focus on technique with her teams and watch them grow as athletes!

 

Alongside her coaching role, Beth is competing with 4 of a Kind (level 4 NT). You will always hear her supporting and cheering on all the athletes throughout the routine!

Immy Murray

Immy Murray

Tumble Coach

Immy has competed for Great Britain in team gym gymnastics and is currently on 4 of a Kind (level 4 NT) as a flyer. She began Cheerleading at Loughborough University competing in their all-girl level 3 and level 4 competitive teams. This season Immy will be using her team GB gymnastics experience to lead coaching Ultimate Cheer tumble classes. She is excited to help athletes achieve their goals and grow in confidence.

Caitlyn Short

Caitlyn Short

Coach

Caitlyn has been part of the international cheer community for over 10 years both coaching and as an athlete. Prior to moving to London, she trained in Australia up to 6NT, competing at Virtual Worlds in 2021 and the Cheerleading Worlds in Florida in 2022. Caitlyn has been a coach almost as long as she has cheered and has coached numerous teams to Australian national titles. Caitlyn is known for her positive coaching style and strong focus on athlete development and is very excited to join the team at Ultimate Cheer this year.


Ahrian Taylor

Ahrian Taylor

Coach

Ahrian started cheerleading on a Junior level 1 team when she was 12 and shortly afterwards started her coaching journey with Youth level 1. She joined Bournemouth Elite when the programme was founded and stayed there for 7 more years, competing on levels 1 through 4 and helping to build and coach their first Youth and Junior teams, coaching Youth 1 to national champions, as well as coaching a Junior 2 stunt group and being a keen step-in for all other teams!

Ahrian took a break from cheer in 2017 to focus on her studies and career, but couldn’t stay away for too long and is super excited to join the UC family. She loves to see athletes grow and gain confidence through training, and having had a tumbling injury herself, she knows how difficult mental blocks can be, so is a big advocate for mental preparedness as well as drills before skills!

Evie Couder

Evie Couder

Coach

Evie started cheerleading at the University of Roehampton, where she competed with their level 1 squad and group stunt teams, winning a National Championship title in 2018.

She then joined the Ultimate Cheer family back in season 3 as an athlete. This year she joined the assistant coaching pathway and is looking forward to seeing athletes reach their goals and fulfil their potential. Evie will be coaching Heartbreakers, Baby Aces and under 18’s tumble.
This season Evie is also competing with Wild Card (3NT) and Grand Slam (Senior 2).

Courteney Rainey

Courteney Rainey

Coach

Courteney started cheerleading 8 years ago when she joined the Belfast Giants Cheerleaders, a performance pom squad for an ice hockey team. After 2 years of performing up to 3 times a week, Courteney went to the University of Bath, where she joined both the small and large pom teams as part of the cheerleading club. Courteney then joined the jazz and hip-hop teams in her second year, whilst being a coach and athlete on the small pom team. In her third year, Courteney coached all 4 dance teams before being elected as the Chair of the Bath Jets Cheerleading Club in her final year. During this time, she also coached and performed on multiple Varsity teams and won an Honorary Colours award from the university for her dedication and contribution to the club throughout her degree. Courteney then moved to London where she joined Ultimate Cheer as an athlete on the pom team, Lady Luck. After 4 months of training, she joined the assistant coach pathway, where she helped coach the second pom team, Imperials. Courteney fell in love with the club so much that she went on to join High Rollers, a Level 2 cheer team, later that year. Courteney is now in her second year at Ultimate Cheer and is the Lead Coach of our pom team, Lady Luck. She also enjoys her time as an athlete on our Adult Development team.

Izzy Faulknor

Izzy Faulknor

Coach

Izzy started cheer when she was 6 years old and has fallen in love with the sport ever since. She started in Tiny level 1 and progressed to international open level 5, competing in every level in between.  She’s very lucky to have had the opportunity to compete internationally many a time throughout her cheer career, becoming a 3 time summit champion, Cheersport, UCA and 2x NCA champion as well being part of the first international team to win a triple crown and score a perfect 100. She’s also competed in the World Championships both virtually (in 2022) and in person (2017 and 2023) gaining 2nd in Virtual worlds most recently 5th place in 2023. 

Izzy has been coaching since the age of 12 and loves seeing athletes progress and achieve their goals! Whilst she’s officially retired from competing, she can’t wait to be rejoining the cheer world (after a short lived 5 month break) and joining the Ultimate Cheer family!

Emily Danks

Emily Danks

Coach

Emily first started cheerleading at school, before taking a break and re-joining the cheerleading world at the University of Oxford. There she competed with their level 2 and 3 teams, as well as level 3 group stunt, winning multiple national championships. As well as being an athlete, she took on committee roles including president, secretary and captain.

Emily joined Ultimate in season 5 and has now joined the assistant coach pathway, as well as competing with 4 of a Kind. She loves the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at Ultimate Cheer and is excited to be a part of the journey into cheer for our young athletes.

Caroline Bisholm

Caroline Bisholm

Coach

Caroline has been a part of the cheer world since she was young, both as an athlete and a coach. She is a 3 times Danish national champion in senior premier all girl level 6 (now level 7) and has competed all over the world as a part of Denmark’s leading All Girl Cheer team. But her passion for cheer truly comes from coaching and helping others reach their goals within the sport. Caroline has been a coach for 10 years and has taught all 7 levels, leading her teams to titles both nationally and internationally. Her latest achievements include leading her junior level 4 elite team to an undefeated season becoming Nordic Champions and winning a bid to the Summit in Florida. 

 

Caroline has taken a couple of years off of cheerleading to focus on university, but she is now ready to get back into the cheer world again sharing her passion and knowledge for the sport with the next generation of cheerleaders. Caroline is so excited to be joining the fab program that is Ultimate Cheer. 


Anna Parker

Anna Parker

Coach

Anna has a background in gymnastics, and has competed nationally and internationally in TeamGym until she was 18. Her highlight was winning the British Championships for Senior Mixed teams in 2017.

After starting university, she joined the Durham Divas cheerleading team, competing with the all-girl level 3 team (and winning grand champs at FC nationals in 2019!) and the co-ed level 5 team. In jer second year she helped teach correct technique to college teams, and led the organisation of the inter-collegiate cheerleading competition, for which she received a Half-Palatinate award. 

Anna has coached gymnastics for over 2 years to both competitive and non-competitive gymnasts, and is excited to now be helping the Ultimate Cheer tumblers develop and progress!

Lily Pitter

Lily Pitter

Coach

Cheerleading has been a passion for Lily for as long as she can remember. From the age of 8 she competed nationally at levels 1 and 2 for several years with Liberty Pride Cheerleading. After a break, she reignited her passion for cheerleading at Royal Holloway University, where she competed on their level 2 stunt team and was also part of their development team. As well as being an athlete, Lily was elected the role of Secretary on the committee in her 2nd year, managing the club’s social media.

After finishing university, Lily sought to continue her cheerleading journey and joined Ultimate Cheer for Season 6. At Ultimate Cheer, she is part of the Adult Development class, contributes to the marketing team and is also part of the Assistant Coaching pathway.

With over a decade of cheer experience under her belt, Lily is excited to delve into coaching. Throughout her years in the sport, Lily has experienced the joy of teamwork, the thrill of competition and the rewarding feeling of growing as an athlete. She is particularly excited to share these experiences with newcomers to the sport, embracing the collaborative spirit of cheerleading. Lily hopes to guide athletes through their own cheerleading journeys, fostering their growth and development.

Francesca Causer

Francesca Causer

Coach

Francesca has a background in dance and acrobatics and has competed in various national dance competitions during her time as an athlete. She completed professional training at a performing arts school in london before deciding to dedicate herself to teaching.

 

Francesca started her journey into cheer at university where she trained as a flyer on a level 2&3 team. After leaving University she took a break from being an athlete to focus on her coaching. She now coaches students of all ages in competitive dance, classical dance exams, cheerleading and acrobatics.

Annabel Mifsud

Annabel Mifsud

Coach

Bels brings over 14 years of dance experience to her journey into cheerleading, which began during her time at Goldsmiths University where she pursued Marketing. Falling in love with the sport, she became the social secretary in her second year, later being nominated as Captain of the Goldsmiths Lions in her third year. Recognising the benefits of inclusivity, she transitioned the team from Level 2 to Level 1 cheerleading, providing a better experience for all, since the majority of joiners were completely new to the sport. After Goldsmiths, Bels pursued her Masters at King’s, joining the KCL Lions Level 2 Team.  Upon graduating, Bels focused on her marketing career until her former coach encouraged her to obtain coaching qualifications. Taking over the Goldsmiths Lions, she has coached them for two seasons in the Level 1 Co-ed Medium Category, recently gaining a National Champion title at Legacy 2024.

Helena Lowcock

Helena Lowcock

Coach

Helena started cheerleading at university and has never looked back! She has competed on levels 2, 3 and 4 tumble and non-tumble teams. She is so excited to contribute to the positive and welcoming atmosphere at Ultimate Cheer, and develop her coaching skills on the coaching pathway.