Ten thousand people whoop and whistle as the cheerleaders reach the finale of their routine.
The troupe carefully build a human pyramid and triumphantly hoist Shaista Hussain aloft.
But these aren’t ordinary performers – each of them has learning disabilities.
Some of the Jewels cheerleading group, like Shaista who has cerebral palsy, also have profound health problems.
The 35-year-old is wheelchair-bound and unable to speak a word.
But the joy on the 35-year-old’s beaming face, as she waves her pom-poms, is unmistakable.
The group’s manager Glenn Stocks told the Sunday People: “Her face and hand gestures tells how happy and excited she is to be the jewel in the crown.”
Glenn set up the troupe to help people with learning disabilities be more active.
The project was such a success that staff decided to make it a permanent fixture.
He said: “We have performed in large arenas, against other groups from Korea, Europe and the US and we win everything we enter and always get a standing ovation.”
The Jewels won their last six competitions, including a gold medal at the World Championships in Florida in 2011.
They were the only UK team with learning disabilities to compete in the US and swept the board at the British Cheerleading Association’s Northern Classic last year.
The Jewels have entered the European Championships in Disneyland Paris next month but are £9,000 short of the £20,000 needed to fund the four-day trip.
Glenn said: “We have already had to turn down performing at Florida again as we did not have the money – but the troupe is so keen to get to Paris that I am determined we will find the money somewhere.
Like the other Jewels, Natalie Sargent, 29, who has Down’s syndrome, is taught her routines in Bradford by coach Robyn Morrison.
Her mum Carol Beardman said: “It gives Natalie a social life outside her family and is great for her confidence and all the things any parent wants for their child.
"She gets us practising the steps at home.”
Robyn says because some of the members suffer memory problems they have to relearn the routines every week.
She said: “I coach able-bodied cheerleading troupes for several professional rugby and football clubs and The Jewels are put through the same paces.
“Our routines can be quite complex but I don’t give them an easy time and they always rise to the challenge.
“In America we were against other special needs teams whose members were not as severely limited as ours so I am really proud of what they have achieved.”
Team leader Sally Dyson is one of the adult carers who give one-to-one support to some of the performers.
She says the Jewels has changed the lives of some of those taking part – like Andrea Rooney, 49, who is severely autistic with limited verbal skills.
Sally said. “Before she joined, Andrea used to lay on the floor and could not bear anyone to touch her at all, not even lay a hand on her.
“She also needed medication to help her perform.
"Gradually, she has gained in confidence and learned to trust and engage with us so much so that she has no problems with us holding her hands or supporting her in a move – major progress for Andrea.
“And she doesn’t need to take any medication now before going on stage.
“She still likes to lie on the floor but we just step over her and we all just accept that’s Andrea’s way of relaxing.”
The Jewels turn no one away – no matter how severe their problems are – and it is this wonderful all-encompassing nature of the team and its volunteers that is so heart-warming.
Glenn said: “Andrea was part of our team who went to Florida but because she had never been out of the country or on a plane we thought we should do a trial run with her.
"With her support worker she flew to London and was fine.
“On our flight to Florida I watched Andrea. She was transfixed at the clouds in the sky.
"She gained so much to her life from that one trip.”
Robyn can see the team get so much out of their acclaimed performances.
She said: “It’s great exercise for them. Socially they get to mix with other people and make new friends.
"It takes some confidence to stand on a stage and perform in front of thousands of people.”
The Jewels are supported by the national charity Hft.
"The £20,000 they need is to pay for transport to Paris, accommodation, medical care and one-to-one support for the 17 members.
Glenn said: “We have vowed to leave no one behind. We leave on March 27 so time is running out for us to raise the money.
"I am determined we will get there.”
Star of the troupe is gymnast Leon Taylor, 19, who has Down’s syndrome.
As well as performing with the team he also does a solo act: “I can’t wait to go to Paris and would be really upset if we couldn’t go.”
“The Jewels are never going to do perfect performances or be the best of the best technically.
"But what they lack on skills, they make up for in effort, joy and pride in what they do,’ says Carol.
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