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Cheerleading for over 60s: "It's really helped with keeping me stable"

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Cheerleading has replaced bingo and tea dances in North Baddesley in Hampshire as a way to keep the over sixties active and socialising.

The scheme is run by the charity MHA, that aims to tackle loneliness and isolation.

The Diamonds don't have a specific team to cheerlead for yet, but say they are open to offers

Mention the word cheerleading and you think sparkly leotards and tights... that sort of thing. There's nothing of that here. We come as we are, we grab some pom poms and we go for it!"

– Suzy Smith, Instructor

The weekly club is one of two run by staff and volunteers from the Test Valley Live at Home Scheme.

The philosophy is that an active body and mind allows older people to live more fulfilling and independent lives for longer.

The oldest member of the group is 83.

It's really helped with my mental health because I was new to the village and I didn't know a soul. It's really helped with keeping me stable."

– Judith King, Cheerleader

The Diamonds don't have a specific team to cheerlead for yet, but say they are open to offers.

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