Kiwi to lead cheers at Leicester

The London Cheerleaders who will help lead celebrations for Premier League champions Leicester City tomorrow morning. Photo / Supplied
The London Cheerleaders who will help lead celebrations for Premier League champions Leicester City tomorrow morning. Photo / Supplied

A Kiwi-led cheerleading team will help lead celebrations for Premier League champions Leicester City tomorrow morning.

The London Cheerleaders squad - managed by Queenstown native Zoe Rutherford and featuring two Kiwi dancers - are performing at the sporting underdogs' final home game of the season at about 4am NZ time.

The clash against Everton comes just four days after the Leicester made sporting history, defying the odds of 5000-1 to win one of sport's greatest trophies. Tickets for the game are changing hands for more than $16,000 and a giant party is expected including a perforamnce by opera star Andrea Bocelli.

Rutherford said being asked to perform was "a great honour and an amazing opportunity to be involved with this history making moment".

"This is our first time cheering at Leicester, hopefully a first of many," Rutherford told the Herald on Sunday.

"We will be performing in the Fan Village pre-game, and on the pitch. We will be out and about getting photos with fans and generally helping the people of Leicester celebrate the historic win."

The London Cheerleaders - which includes Sidnie Dalton from Auckland and Kate Holden from Wellington - have prepared three routines to dazzle the sell-out 32,262 crowd at King Power Stadium.

"All the cheerleaders in the team are over the moon to be given this opportunity.

"[Sidnie and Kate] are so excited, and a bit shell-shocked they are going to be involved in such a historic event.

"Sidnie is a massive rugby fan, so initially I had to explain to her it [Leicester City's win] would be like Fiji winning the Rugby World Cup."

Rutherford moved to London from Auckland eight years ago after working as a dance teacher in New Zealand.

While overseas she met and married her British husband and set up the London Cheerleaders with the aim to improve the standard of professional cheerleading in the UK.

"[I had] the goal to get all sports teams to include cheerleading in their match day, appealing to more women and girls and getting them involved in sport and getting active."

Leicester City's win was a dream come true for the club's loyal fans, but a nightmare for bookies who had to shell out millions of dollars in winnings for those who took 5000-1 odds that the unlikely team would win the league.

- NZ Herald

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