Coronavirus Update 27th March

Dear Athletes, Parents & Spectators,

Further to our previous announcements regarding postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see updated information as follows.

No further ICE events will be taking place for the rest of the ’19/20 season:

  • Sub Zero, Stirling 21-22 March 2020 : postponed
  • Too Cool for School, Stoke-on-Trent 27 March 2020: cancelled
  • ICE Cooler, Stoke-on-Trent 28-29 March 2020: postponed
  • Dance Fusion, Newcastle on Tyne 3 May 2020: cancelled
  • Summer Meltdown, Doncaster 16-17 May 2020: postponed
  • ICE Blast, Crawley 23-24 May 2020: postponed
  • Big Chill, Peterborough 6-7 June 2020: cancelled
  • ICE Championships, Stoke-on-Trent 27-28 June 2020: cancelled
  • Dance Festival, Chester 5th July 2020: cancelled
  • Dance Fever, Bedford 12th July 2020: cancelled

This decision has been taken now because we want to do our best to give everyone as much notice as possible. It’s also important to bear in mind that our wonderful event medical staff may be needed elsewhere – huge thank you to all key workers!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

We know that athletes and coaches have worked hard on routines, and we understand your disappointment. Team ICE are grateful for your patience whilst we continue to work on adjusting plans for you. We want to keep you updated that our current intention is to reschedule some events to later in 2020, and we’re also planning a big Celebration Showcase Event hopefully in the autumn! These of course will be subject to government guidelines.

Currently, we are in the process of contacting coaches who were booked on the above events. We politely recommend coaches are given plenty of time to consider the options, so we’d suggest waiting to hear from them. To assist coaches with making provisional plans, unconfirmed event dates up to July 2021 have been provided to them. We are grateful for your understanding that it may be some time before future dates can be confirmed for you, due to venues being closed at the moment.

SOLO BID WINNERS

This season’s cheer solo bid winners will have their bids transferred to the ICE Championships 2021, planned for June 2021. This season’s dance solo bids continue to apply to the Ultimate Dance Experience Championships in November 2020, as originally planned.

STAY IN TOUCH

For the next few weeks, ICE will be operating with a limited number of staff working remotely. Do please stay in touch by monitoring our social media. We’ll also have the latest news available for you on www.incrediblycoolevents.co.uk/news. During this period, we’ll be communicating with coaches directly.

We invite everyone to visit www.incrediblycoolevents.co.uk/resources for links to information from your NGBs, as well as a few fun things on the way, which may be of interest. Also, Story Time with Kim is at 2pm each Friday on the Incredibly Cool Events Facebook page; we’d love to see you there!

THANKS AGAIN

We remain grateful for the patience you’ve extended to us during this rapidly evolving situation. Your kind messages have been gratefully received by the team here at ICE. We would like to extend special thanks to those of you who are key workers – you are hugely appreciated!

We look forward to welcoming you all back, hopefully soon. Please take care of yourselves, and keep being kind.

With sincere thanks for your continued support,

Kim

Coronavirus Update 18th March

Further to our previous announcement dated 16th March 2020, please be advised that Summer Meltdown (Doncaster 16-17 May) is now also postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

This means all ICE events up until 17th May are now postponed:

  • Sub Zero, Stirling 21-22 March
  • Too Cool for School, Stoke-on-Trent 27 March
  • ICE Cooler, Stoke-on-Trent 28-29 March
  • Dance Fusion, Newcastle on Tyne 3 May
  • Summer Meltdown, Doncaster 16-17 May

Team ICE hugely appreciate your patience whilst we continue to work hard on adjusting plans, and we’re grateful for your continued understanding during these uncertain times. We apologise for any disappointment caused as a result of these postponements. As soon as we have new dates or further details, please be assured we’ll contact coaches.

Currently, ICE events from 23rd May onwards are scheduled to go ahead as planned. For these events, the early bird pricing deadline has been extended to 4 weeks prior to each event, with an extended payment deadline to 2 weeks prior to the event. For more information, please see our recent announcement regarding measures we’re taking to support coaches during these uncertain times: https://incrediblycoolevents.co.uk/2020/03/13/support-for-coaches/

If anything changes, we will contact coaches and we will aim to give you as much notice as possible. The latest information will also be available on www.incrediblycoolevents.co.uk/news and on social media.

With sincere thanks for your continued support,

Team ICE

Coronavirus Update 16th March

16th March 2020 8:05pm

Like you, we are working hard to prioritise everyone’s health and safety. There are multiple and challenging issues to consider, in a situation which is changing every day. We are grateful for the kindness and patience you’ve extended to us during this rapidly evolving situation.   

In an effort to give you as much notice as we can, we have therefore taken the decision to postpone all ICE events from 21 March to 3 May inclusive. These are as follows:

  • Sub Zero, Stirling 21-22 March (as per previous announcement from 14th March)
  • Too Cool for School, Stoke-on-Trent 27 March
  • ICE Cooler, Stoke on Trent 28-29 March
  • Dance Fusion, Newcastle on Tyne 3 May

Please be assured ICE have given this decision much consideration. We of course understand it may be disappointing and frustrating.

The ICE team are currently working hard on planning rescheduled events for you. As soon as we have new dates or further details, please be assured we’ll contact coaches. We sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us for any rescheduled competitions. Coaches who are unable to make their rescheduled dates will instead be able to transfer their payment to any other available ICE event up to July 2021, including ICE Ultimate Dance Experience events.  

We appreciate you may have concerns about the events from mid-May onwards. Please see our recent announcement regarding measures we’re taking to support coaches during these uncertain times. For events from Summer Meltdown until July 2020, the early bird pricing deadline has been extended to 4 weeks prior to each event, with an extended payment deadline to 2 weeks prior to the event. We are also looking into other constructive ways to try and support coaches through this difficult situation, and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

ICE of course are monitoring the situation constantly, and will continue to follow government guidance. If anything changes, we will contact you and we will aim to give you as much notice as possible. Please keep checking your mailboxes. We hugely appreciate your patience whilst we are working very hard to adjust plans, and we are grateful for your continued understanding during these uncertain times.

As you might imagine, we’re receiving a large number of calls and messages, meaning our response times are slower than normal. We respectfully request that spectators and athletes please monitor our social media for the latest information rather than contacting us directly.

For more information, you can also see the latest updates as follows:

You can visit www.NHS.UK/coronavirus for further information about the virus and how to protect yourself.

ICE look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you much strength and hope as together we approach the challenges we’ll be facing over the next few months.

With sincere thanks for your continued support,

Team ICE

Support for Coaches

Updated 16th March 2020

Updated to clarify that we will endeavour to deliver postponed events later in the season or at the start of next season. For example, this may be dependent on the length of any proposed government ban or recommendation.

Support for Coaches: 13th March 2020

Dear Coaches,

We hope that you are all coping in this very difficult time of uncertainty.

Our main priority is to support the health and wellbeing of you and your clubs/businesses and our staff, whilst trying to remain solvent to protect the future of your cheerleading and dance events through this national crisis. We will be taking advice from the government and venues, and will endeavour to deliver all of our events where possible.

In the interest of supporting teams who wish to attend ICE this season, we are going to offer the following, for events from Summer Meltdown until the end of July 2020:

  1. Early bird pricing deadline extended to 4 weeks prior to each event, with an extended payment deadline to 2 weeks prior to the event. In order for us to offer this, we ask coaches to submit their intentions to entry@incrediblycoolevents.co.uk detailing which ICE events they’re intending to enter along with approximate numbers, to assist us with planning.
  2. If the government declares a closure on mass participation events which apply to us, we will postpone the event and endeavour to deliver it later in the season or at the start of next season. If the new date does not suit your programme, your payment can be transferred to any other available ICE event up to July 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, but do bear in mind we are experiencing a high level of correspondence at the moment. Thank you for your patience whilst we work through your enquiries as quickly as possible.

SportCheer England – National Cheerleading Survey

SportCheer England are conducting a national survey to assess the number of athletes, coaches and organisations involved in Cheerleading in England. These statistics will be critical to their strategic development and the Sport England application process.

If you’re an organisation, school or club of any sort running a cheerleading programme, class or activity in England, please complete the survey at www.sportcheerengland.org by 29th February.

“However big or small, we want to hear from you! From the smallest of clubs meeting in local village halls, to the mega gyms. You are all part of the conversation and we need to hear your voice.”

SportCheer England

For more information and to access the survey, please see www.sportcheerengland.org

Tribute to Wanna Montano Hamilton

Tribute to a dear colleague and friend – Wanna Montano Hamilton

Everyone at ICE is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Wanna Montano Hamilton.

Wanna was a valued and respected member of our ICE event staff, as well as a much-loved character within the cheerleading and dance community. She passed away suddenly at home in Huddersfield on Monday 30th December 2019, at the age of 43.

Wanna joined Team ICE during the current season and had an immediate positive impact. She quickly established herself as an outstanding team player. Wanna would often manage the entrance doors, where she met thousands of ICE athletes, coaches and spectators. Many of her colleagues became personal friends.

Lisa Biddulph, ICE Event Manager, said, “Wanna had a heart of gold, and would do anything to help anyone. She always had a smile on her face.

A JustGiving page has been created by ICE Director, Kimberley Mason, who is asking the cheerleading and dance community to donate whatever they can to assist Wanna’s family with funeral costs. Donations will also help support Wanna’s husband, five children and two grandchildren, following the loss of her income:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kimberley-mason

Kimberley said, “Wanna, it was a privilege to have met and worked with you. My love and thoughts are with your family at this terribly sad time. It was so clear that you adored them, and in return they adored you. You were truly one of life’s good ones; rest in peace, sweet lady.

The team at ICE greatly valued Wanna’s dedication, kindness and good nature. She will be hugely missed by all of us, and we send our sincerest condolences to Wanna’s family and friends.

Are you EXTRA COOL?

SPRUNG FLOOR EVENTS

New for the 2019-2020 season, we have three ICE Extravaganza Cheer & DanceExtra Cool” Events, which take place on a sprung floor:

  • ICE Cooler (EXTRA COOL) 28-29 Mar 2020, Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands
  • Summer Meltdown (EXTRA COOL) 16-17 May 2020, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • ICE Blast (EXTRA COOL) 23-24 May 2020, Crawley, Sussex

In addition to the divisions offered at regular ICE Extravaganza events, Extra Cool & ICE Championships events also have all International (IASF) divisions available as listed in the SportCheer UK Age Grid.

More information:

Thinking of bringing your teams to an Extra Cool event? Feel free to call us for a chat! We can’t wait to see you all there.

Note: Extra Cool, ICE Championships & Too Cool for School are the only events taking place on a sprung floor this season. All other events take place on a non-sprung floor.

Scoring Workshop

We had a fantastic afternoon meeting everyone at today’s cheer Scoring Workshop! So many coaches and junior coaches joined us to get a head start on this season’s scoring systems and rubrics.

Congratulations, and we’re excited to see you all again soon at your first ICE event of the season. Any coaches seeking guidance in the meantime can email scoring@incrediblycoolevents.co.uk for assistance.

Thanks to our super demo stunt group from Barlborough Bears and Affinity Allstars for helping out, and RLC Rockets for hosting us.

Cheer Coaches Scoring Workshop – 3rd November 2019

Incredibly Cool Events are delighted to be offering a Scoring Workshop for Coaches on 3rd November in Doncaster!

The workshop is aimed at cheer coaches competing in ICE Level 0, Prep, Non-Tumbling, and Allstar Cheer Levels 1-3 this season.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – Please submit the Cheer Coaches Scoring Workshop Registration Form

For coaches aged 12-17, the registration form must be completed by a parent/guardian.

Advance booking & payment is required; registration will open on 8th October. Places are limited.

Come along with an open mind, ready to learn. Be present and ask questions – this is a safe learning space.

Important information:

  • Dress code: comfortable clothing with trainers.
  • Eat before you come; we will stop for water breaks but there’s no lunch break.
  • Junior coaches are welcome to attend (minimum age 12, under-18s with parent/guardian permission).
  • Our privacy policy can be found on our website.
  • Once a place is booked the fee is non-refundable, however, the booking is transferable (for example, to another coach within your programme).
  • For any enquiries about the Scoring Workshop, please contact scoring@incrediblycoolevents.co.uk

Scoring Workshop Terms & Conditions:

Coaches attending the Scoring Workshop must be at least 12 years old by 3rd November 2019. Participants aged under 18 must be registered by a parent/guardian. To secure your place, payment is required by the due date on your invoice. Recording or videoing at the Scoring Workshop is strictly prohibited. Photos may be taken where permitted by the Workshop Leader. The fee is non-refundable, however, the booking is transferable if you can no longer attend. To transfer a place, contact entry@incrediblycoolevents.co.uk in advance of the event. If the event is cancelled, Incredibly Cool Events will reimburse registration fees but will not be responsible for any transport or accommodation related expenses. Incredibly Cool Events accepts no responsibility or liability for accidents or injury which occur during the event. Registering for this event indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.

 

Registration now open for the new season

A pom team compete on a dance floor at ICEWe are very excited to announce that coaches can now register for the following events:

ICE Ultimate Dance Experience Events (up to July 2020)

And 2019-2020 season ICE Extravaganza Cheer & Dance Events (including Extra Cool & ICE Championships)

A cheer team execute a basket toss at an ICE Extravaganza Cheer & Dance event*Extra Cool & ICE Championships events take place on a sprung floor (and have additional divisions available). All other events take place on a non-sprung floor.

ALSO – NEW FOR THIS SEASON – the “Too Cool for School” Schools & University event on Friday 27 March 2020 in Stoke-on-Trent.

The entry form is available here (and if you don’t have Excel, just contact us for a compatible form).

If you have any questions at all about bringing routines to ICE, please feel free to contact us on info@incrediblycoolevents.co.uk or just give us a call on 0333 335 0089  – we’ll be happy to help!