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University of Gloucestershire women’s football prepare for Monday night’s dance fundraiser

After weeks of choreography and training, tonight’s the night for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – a fundraising event set up by the University of Gloucestershire’s (UOG) Dance Team.

Every year the dance society host a competition for the sports teams at UOG, with the athletes performing routines on stage in front of a panel of judges.

This year the event is taking place at 7pm at the University’s Park Campus, with the aim of the evening to raise money for Shout, a mental health charity.

Sports teams ranging from Cricket to Volleyball have all put forward entries into the dance competition, with each group receiving one-on-one guidance from the dance choreographers to create their performances.

The women’s football team have been practising their individual dance routine since the start of January, with two choreography sessions a week to allow the amateur dancers to hone their skills ahead of the charity event.

Eight players from across the UOG women’s football set up are involved in tonight’s performance, with first team and second team members all taking part.

Louise Kilby, captain of the second team, expressed her excitement ahead of the fundraiser this evening, with the group originally quite nervous and unsure of what to expect from the routine.

“It’s come together very well, at the start we were all a bit sceptical over it.

“When we started rehearsals we thought there was no way we would we be able to perform the routine, but it’s actually come together nicely.

“I’m really excited to perform it with the girls.”

While the competition is a fundraiser for charity, the competitive nature of the sports teams still remains, with Kilby keen to impress the judges and perform the best routine on the night.

“It’s a secret,” said Kilby when asked for details on her group’s routine. “We’re not allowed to disclose any information about our dance until it’s performed, we don’t want to give any of the other teams an advantage.”

The dance society’s last fundraiser raised over £1000 for the charity Bloodwise, and while all the competing teams will be keen to be crowned the best group, the main focus is to raise as much money for charity as possible.

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