Newcastle Knights now recruiting male cheerleaders for upcoming NRL season

Newcastle Knights to take on MALE cheerleaders for upcoming season in move to ‘shake things up’

  • Newcastle Knights cheerleaders are looking for male cheerleaders this season
  • Cheer coach Alex Tsambos said the squad ‘needs to change things up a bit’
  • The move is part of plans to become a dance team with both women and men
  • Open auditions will be held at McDonald-Jones Stadium on December 14


The Newcastle Knights cheerleaders have opened up their latest male cheerleader applications for the upcoming NRL season in a bid to ‘change things up a bit’.

Cheerleading coach Alex Tsambos of the Knights revealed that the move was part of plans to keep up with the times and expand the talent pool to include men.

“We’re changing it up this season and looking for dancers with experience in hip-hop, commercial jazz and cheer,” she said The Daily Telegraph.

Cheerleader coach Alex Tsambos of the Knights said the squad was looking for male recruits to “change things up a bit” (pictured, Cheerleaders of Knights at an NRL game at Hunter Stadium in 2016)

“While we will still hold on to our true core of club ambassadorship and encourage our team, we wanted 2022 to rethink game day entertainment.”

“As part of our 2022 team, you will include representing the Newcastle Knights on match days and at various corporate, community and charity events throughout the year.

‘We don’t just want dancers with a passion for performance, we want dedicated club ambassadors.’

Ms Tsambos said the squad is aiming to become more of a dance team made up of both female and male dancers (pictured, Cheerleaders of knights pose for a picture at McDonald-Jones Stadium in 2017)

Ms Tsambos said the squad is aiming to become more of a dance team made up of both female and male dancers (pictured, Cheerleaders of knights pose for a picture at McDonald-Jones Stadium in 2017)

She added that the squad aspired to become more of a dance team made up of both women and men on a roster of 22 people.

There is currently no limit to the number of male recruits and Ms Tsambos adds that it all depends on ‘who meets the criteria’.

Ms Tsambos said the paid performance not only performed in front of thousands of fans, but also provided a creative outlet for women — and soon men — who enjoy dancing in between full-time jobs or studies.

The move is similar to NRL rival the Melbourne Storm, which cut its cheerleading squad in 2019 in favor of a gender-diverse ‘gritty dance crew’.

The squad was replaced by male and female hip-hop, street dancers, breakers and acrobatic performers in an effort to bring more energy and fan interaction to matches.

The Canberra Raiders also exchanged their cheergirls two years ago in an effort to showcase junior dancing talent.

Open auditions for Knights cheerleaders will be held at McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle on December 14 from 6pm.

The move is similar to NRL rival the Melbourne Storm, which ditched its cheerleaders in favor of a gender-diverse 'gritty dance crew' in 2019 (pictured, Knights Cheerleaders during the round 25 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the St George Illawarra Dragons )

The move is similar to NRL rival the Melbourne Storm, which ditched its cheerleaders in favor of a gender-diverse ‘gritty dance crew’ in 2019 (pictured, Knights Cheerleaders during the round 25 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the St George Illawarra Dragons )

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