The Vista Twisters

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Cheerleading Academy
Code Cheer1
Qualification Type No Qualification
Qualification Level Unknown/Not applicable
Course type Full Time


Vista Twisters is run by Ruth McDade who is one of the leading cheerleading coaches in the county. Ruth’s cheerleading squads have taken part in international events. Vista Twisters are based in Dover and have a high quality training facility with a sprung floor and space to perform wide ranging skills, stunts and routines. The Vista Twister programme includes over 200 members and attracts students from all over East Kent. Cheerleading is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the country

The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form for ‘all the Talents’ is based upon The Canterbury Campus which offers ‘a wealth of opportunity’ and seeks to replicate the ambiance of Higher Education. Being one of the largest Sixth Forms in Kent it provides the widest range of courses, fulfilling the aim to offer ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible.’ 

Part of the offer is The Canterbury Institute of Sport which benefits from outstanding facilities. This unique professional sports training programme includes full-time training and competition in a range of sports. Each sport-specific academy is designed to replicate the quality of provision in professional sporting environments and exceed the offer of the private sector.

Students follow integrated A Level or BTEC qualifications taught by outstanding, qualified, full-time teachers. The sport-specific training enables our students to develop their performance, mental toughness and physical conditioning, compete at the highest level, go on to university and provides opportunities for overseas scholarships.


Students on The Vista Twister Cheerleading Academy will benefit from three sessions per week dedicated to developing their skills and fitness. All students who are accepted into programmes offered by The Canterbury Institute of Sport benefit from top class Sports Science support. 

Tony Kesisoglou is our senior strength and conditioning coach. Tony is an ex-international basketball player and now combines his PHD work at The University of Kent with delivering outstanding support for our student athletes. Tony works closely with Mark Dayson who is our sports physiotherapist. Mark is a very experienced sports physio and as well as treating students for injuries, offers education on prehab routines and recovery protocols. There is also sports massage available. Students with an interest in strength and conditioning can gain qualifications in Personal Training through our partner company Rob Horswell Training.

All Institute of Sport students get preferential access to the state-of-the-art fitness gym in Lifestyle Fitness. The Vista Twister Cheerleading Academy is open to students of all abilities and the content of training will be designed to meet the needs of every individual on the programme. The Canterbury Academy is placing extra emphasis on developing exciting opportunities for girls to follow sports pathways in its Sixth Form and this programme will seek to build upon recent successes in our athletics academy.

How will it be delivered?

Not required. 

Entry requirements

Application on Kent Choices and invitation to trials. 

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