The Story

Empire Cheerleading Academy was founded in 2016 following Coach Shomari's retirement from competitive cheerleading after being diagnosed with a chronic health condition. As she could no longer cheer herself, she wanted to create her own cheer world in which she could give young people the same passion, excitement and zest for life that she had personally experienced from cheerleading. As with many things, she was met with a lot of opposition to her dream of starting her own club. She used this to fuel what is now Enfield's fastest growing cheerleading academy and the only cheerleading programme in North London with its own facilities. From this, she has and continues to build the Empire brand, now including classes in tumbling, acro, tricking / ninja and aerial hoop.


Welcome to Empire Cheerleading Academy!

As one of the fastest growing cheerleading programmes in north London and with a core focus on beginner athletes; we are very proud of our commitment to athlete development, excellent coaching and dedication to our various classes and camps.

ECA is open to athletes age 4+ and we are pleased to be able to offer a range of classes for children with varying abilities. 

Our programme aims to build core skills in cheerleading stunts, gymnastics, dance and performance skills; as well as promoting life skills such a teamwork, friendship, dedication and commitment, confidence, tolerance, respect and trust.


ECA is a safe space for members to have fun and be themselves, away from the pressures and influences of outside life.

We offer recreational classes, competitive teams as well as additional classes to support skill development. However, we understand that cheerleading is not just about competitions and trophies, but about the development of the athletes who train with us. We want to instill important values and life-lessons and athletes work as part of a team towards a shared goal, which often results in life-long friendships.

ECA primarily focuses on beginner athletes – this is our specialism.


In our kids programme, we accept children aged 4-16 who meet the following criteria:

  • Has no or very limited experience in cheerleading (we accept new members with experience no more than prep cheer or after-school club level)

  • A positive attitude and ready to be part of a team / cheer family

  • Supportive parents/guardians who are willing to abide by our attendance policy

  • Gymnastics or dance experience welcome but not necessary

In our adult programme (17+) we accept both experienced cheerleaders and beginners.