Sheffield dancers have brought plenty of sporting cheer

June Fletcher Dance Academy,Gleadless Townend, have had a Cheerleader group for the past 16 years involved with various local sporting teams.June Fletcher with the present Cheerleaders 'The Millerettes'
June Fletcher Dance Academy,Gleadless Townend, have had a Cheerleader group for the past 16 years involved with various local sporting teams.June Fletcher with the present Cheerleaders 'The Millerettes'
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They’ve cheered sports teams here, there and everywhere...

Meet the Millerettes, a group of talented dancers who have performed for most football squads in the region.

They have spurred on Sheffield United, cheered Chesterfield FC and now they are into the fourth season at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium every week.

And the group – made up of pupils from the June Fletcher Dance Academy in Gleadless Townend, Sheffield – has been going strong for 18 years.

Team coach June Fletcher said: “It is a lovely squad.

“We cheered for several years for the Blades and they made us feel so much part of the club. It was only when they wanted a change that we moved on to Chesterfield.

“Luckily, we have never had to apply for anything, it just happens.

“We were looking forward to the new stadium at Chesterfield but then they too wanted a change!

“We don’t get paid but it is good experience for the girls. It gives them a stage on which to perform and show their dancing talents. At Rotherham we have done two seasons when they played at Don Valley and moved with them to the New York Stadium.

“We’ve even got our own dressing room and really feel part of the club there too.”

There are 15 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 in the cheer squad – who have also performed for the Sheffield Steelers.

And representing the Millers is a very special honour indeed for excited member Lauren Taylor, aged 11,

She is a third-generation Rotherham United fan, following in the footsteps of mum Gail Hempshall and grandad Victor Ellis, 71.

Grandmother June, a former dancer who has been teaching for 57 years and spent every weekend at matches, added: “Victor was in tears at the start of the season watching Lauren dance for Rotherham United.

“He has been a shareholder, his daughter has been a season ticket-holder for 34 years and his granddaughter has been going since she was four, so it was a dream come true.”