Cheery plea

13th June 2011' Knottingley mums, Michelle Poxon and Jane Byford have set up a cheerleading squad for the town's youngsters (ages 4-16) to 'keep them off the streets' and support the local boys football team, which was set up by the police. 'They've been practicing for about 8 weeks and cheering at matches but they have no money for kits or pom-poms, and are appealing to readers/businesses to sponsor them so they can buy equipment. 'Pictured L/R: Holly Ellis, Jane Byford and Michelle Poxon.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

13th June 2011' Knottingley mums, Michelle Poxon and Jane Byford have set up a cheerleading squad for the town's youngsters (ages 4-16) to 'keep them off the streets' and support the local boys football team, which was set up by the police. 'They've been practicing for about 8 weeks and cheering at matches but they have no money for kits or pom-poms, and are appealing to readers/businesses to sponsor them so they can buy equipment. 'Pictured L/R: Holly Ellis, Jane Byford and Michelle Poxon.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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YOUNGSTERS in Knottingley are looking for a sponsorship boost to help spread some cheer.

The all-girl cheerleading group, Angels – formed by mums Michelle Poxon and Jane Byford – supports the community’s boys’ football team run by Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team.

But the spritely squad are appealing for someone to come forward with a donation or sponsorship to help kit them out with a uniform and pompoms.

Mrs Byford, who trains the team, said: “We’re trying our best but every time we get a few steps forward with funding, we get pushed back.

“We just need about £300 for kits and pompoms. We’re doing it to keep the kids off the street and out of trouble, and they really love it.”

The active mums came up with the idea when some of the girls said they would rather cheer than play football.

The cheerleaders, who range from four to 16, have been training every Friday for the last eight weeks at the Old Quarry adventure playground on the Warwick Estate.

Simon Ragsdale, one of the PSCOs who run the football team, said: “It’s giving the children something productive to do and it’s healthy. Some of the routines are really good.”