Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the classes?
Wednesdays, Seniors, Carnation Hall, North Bracknell. Free parking on site.
Fridays, Juniors, Birch Hill Community Centre, Bracknell. Free parking on site. Waiting area.
Sunday Gym training:
Reddam Gym, Wokingham.
Pinewood Gymnastics Club (June/July and holiday workshops/tryouts).
How do I try out?
To try out for the competition teams:
Team try outs are usually July and August. However, if there is space on the team for a particular positions, or if you have a lot of experience, get in touch.
Elite is completely full for the 18/19 season. Next tryouts are July and August 2019. You need a back handspring or back walkover as a base line for gym skills.
Xtreme is almost full - and we can still see a limited number of tryouts for both competing team positions and trainees for the 18/19 season. From January 2019 we will only be able to take on trainees for the team as competition routines will be set.
Trainees. We have a very limited number of trainees on each team. These are usually members who either joined us mid season and will not compete until the start of the following season - but fully participate in rehearsals.
Some (Xtreme only) are dancers who need more training and skills before being offered a place to compete. Trainees do not pay the full fee, but do enjoy the same number of training sessions. There may be weeks where they have less to do in class just before a competition, or they may stand in for missing team members sometimes.
The Cheer Honour System, and our terms and conditions.
IMPORTANT - If you are already on another team - we will not approach you to offer a place. If you have already told your current team/coach you are leaving, and have given them the notice required and do not owe them any outstanding fees, you may apply to join us. We, like many teams require written permission from your current team coach for you to try out with us. It is very unusual for an athlete to move teams mid season as it has such a negative impact on the team members they leave behind.
Coaches talk to each other! Cheer is a small community. We will not 'poach' team members during the season and neither will any decent team.
If any Artemis team member is found to have taken classes with a competitor team (without permission, some summer programs are not an issue) or auditioned for a place - you will not be able to continue with our team past the next competition. You will not be able to re-join at a later date. Any outstanding term fees will still be due.
We have specific notice periods which can be found on our full terms and conditions for the teams. They allow the other team members to be less effected.
How old do I need to be?
Elite; no minimum but usually 14+. Skills and experience will be taken into account for younger athletes. No maximum age, current squad are up to 27 years old.
Xtreme; 7 years minimum, 14 maximum. We will consider 6 year olds who are either exceptional gymnasts/flyers or dancers, or those who are very promising and need a year as a trainee.
How much does it cost?
For some reason cheer squads don't like to tell you how much membership costs until you meet them!
We don't want any amazing dancers to be put of by money - so if you think you would be a good fit, but recieve Working Tax Credits, or other benefits, get in touch and let us know and if we can help we will. Artemis is legally a not-for-profit soon to be a charity. We can't always offer bursaries, but if we can we will.
We are Ofsted registered and accept Childcare Vouchers, Childcare Tax allowance, Direct Debit or credit/debit cards. All payments for basic term fees can be split across either 3 months/one term, or the whole year (11 payments for all three terms fees) if starting in September.
All for 12 week terms, with 12 weekly classes and three gym sessions (15 sessions total). Additional rehearsals may be called before competitions if needed. There is no additional charge.
Elite, 2 hours per week, £180 per term. Sibling discount (2 or more family members on the same team) £30 off per person.
Xtreme, 1.5 hours per week, £150 per term. Sibling discount (2 or more family members in the same class) £25 off per person.
Trainee/probationer - both teams: £90 per person.
We attend multiple competitions - at least 3 a year. Each entry is usually between £28pp and £35pp depending on the event. Within each event you might be in more than one category - for example you may be in the team event first, and then have an entry as a stunt group as well. Most events offer small discounts for multiple submissions, but expect to pay at least another £25 for each additional entry.
Tickets for parents/family to watch are approx £10-18 depending on the event.
Some competitions will need an overnight stay - Bournemouth for example has a start time of 7am. You will need to get yourself to and from the event. Parents often arrange lift shares. Many of Elite drive and give each other petrol money.
Uniform and Training Kit.
Uniform for competitions is only needed for full team members. The uniform is made for each athlete and not available in shops. There is a minimum six weeks lead time to order, and a minimum quantity needed - so we usually order in batches to keep costs down. The current uniform is being revised for 2019. Allow £150+ per person. You can split payments if time allows.
Where possible we re-sell uniform that an athlete has grown out of. We will put parents selling in touch with those buying, but will not take or handle the payment.
Cheer shoes - we require white cheer shoes for training and events. You can buy these online and your coach can suggest sites and brands. Shoes cost from £15 a pair.
Our bows are handmade with Swarovski crystals for the teams. They are kept by the Coaches and lent out free of charge for competitions. These bows would usually cost £50-70 to buy.
A selection of team branded items is available to order. This includes leggings, hoodies, tee shirts, bags and more. Please ask for a link. We do not demand our team wear Artemis branded wear for practice, but they must not wear items that promote other teams, programs, schools, or have offensive material.
We will always move athletes up when they are ready. Some train in two teams for a season - one team as a full member competing, and on the next level as a probationer getting to know the next level. If this applies to you, you only pay for the training for the team you actually compete with - so free additional training! We have a set of skills you need to have mastered before moving up a level - this is for two reasons - firstly safety. Our older athletes make things look easy sometimes - they are not! Secondly - self esteem. Pushing a dancer into a setting where they will struggle to keep up or pose a risk to their peers is not helpful or healthy. We cant make allowances in class on a tight tough schedule. We promise - as soon as you are ready or almost ready - you will be invited to attend the next level for a term or more until you are 100% able to be a contributing team member at that higher level.
We respectfully ask parents not to compare their child to another. One 10 year old is not like all other 10 year olds. Some are advanced, some have to work harder. Same at all ages. We will be able to spot and progress talent and challenge athletes SAFELY.
Artemis have robust policies to protect our students and staff. If you would like to see any of them just ask! Our bulling policy extends to cyber bullying, and we have now asked that parents refrain from 'Whats App' groups as it can result in a great deal of unpleasantness with misunderstanding between members. We have an approved social media group (moderated by Artemis) and parents can speak to either the head coach Gemah or school Principal Niki Robinson for clarification, concerns etc.
We have zero tolerance for bullying. If anyone verbally, physically or in writing assaults or insults staff or students, we will involve outside agencies. This goes all ways - we expect staff to uphold the highest standards.