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Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading


North Raleigh Wake Forest Athletics offers a great Cheerleading opportunity for girls and boys from ages 5-16!  The NRWFA Cheerleading Program is comprised of student-athletes with excitement for cheerleading, and spirit. We cheer at both exhibitions and competitive levels, and cheer weekly at football games!

Our teams consistently qualify in the top spots for the Pop Warner Mid-South Regional Competition.

And over the last several years, the Cheer teams have qualified for the Pop Warner National Cheer Championships in Disney World.  In 2011, the Junior Varsity Cheerleaders won 1st place at Nationals where they beat out 7 other teams for the title and in 2012 the Varsity team won 3rd place in the Nation.

Practice and Games:

Cheerleaders are required to attend all practices and games!  Practice during August for all teams will be held at convenient location.  Teams practice up to 4 nights a week in August and up to 3 nights a week from September through November.  Starting in September, non-competitive teams typically practice two days a week, while competitive teams practice 3 nights a week.  Games start near the end of August and go through October.

Opportunities are provided to participate in up to 2 age groups, depending on the number of participants at the different ages, NRWFA will determine the teams to be formed:

    Non-Competitive Cheerleading:

Ages 5 - 7

These teams participate in side line cheer for their teams on Saturday during the season and will participate in the exhibition at the local level at the Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) competition locally on a Sunday in October.  

Competitive Cheerleading:

Ages 8 - 16

These teams participate in side line cheer for their teams on Saturday during the season and will participate in the competition at the local level at the Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) competition locally on a Sunday in October.  The top 3 teams in the division and size will advance to the Regional Competition for the opportunity to advance to the Mid-South Regional Competition, in Concord, NC on the Sunday, November 21st to vie for an opportunity to go to the National Competition in Florida.  The top two teams from the regional completion will advance to the National competition which will be held Sunday, December 5th through Thursday, December 9th in Orlando, FL.  (Competition will only be 1 of these days) Competition will take place at the Orlando Convention Center with fun at Universal!

Financial Commitment:

The first financial commitment is the registration.

At some practices and at all home games we have the Spirit Wear Trailer where you can purchase Spirit Wear. This is completely optional.

Admission to each game is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for youth (over 5yrs) and free for Cheerleaders wearing their team uniform or parent volunteers.

Mandatory to have/purchase will be:

No-show white socks
Competition Bow

White competition sneakers (completion teams only), they must be clean for competition; we need the girls to practice in the same sneaker they will be performing their stunts in and be used for CHEER ONLY

Game day white sneakers

Travel to Regionals (Competitive Teams)
Travel to Nationals (Competitive Teams)

All participants on a competitive team will be required to fund raise throughout the season in order to offset the cost associated with the National Competition. We will devote A LOT of time to fundraising for this event. Fundraising is done outside of practice times.  The association, as well as the individual teams, will run fundraisers starting as early as July and go through November.  When you register, please be sure you understand that expenses for travel to National Championships in Florida must be covered by the cheer families. Fundraising may not cover all costs.

If your girl is on a competition squad plan on traveling for Regionals in Concord, NC and Nationals in Orlando, Florida this year!


We are always looking for talent to assist with coaching the teams, head coach, assistant coach and student demonstrator’s positions are available.  If you are interested in a coaching position, please contact Debbie McGrath at [email protected].

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