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TV actress launches child classes
Neighbours TV star Robyn Charlesworth is shaking her pom poms to get Bradford active.
The 31-year-old, who played policewoman Terri Hall in the popular Australian soap, is about to launch her own cheerleading classes in the city.
She has teamed up with Bradford Council's bactive campaign at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre at Odsal and lessons start later this month.
Robyn, who lives in nearby Oakenshaw with her partner, Bradford Bulls' Australian player Glenn Morrison, is also putting on drama classes for people wanting a lucky break into television and films.
She ran her own dance academies and was cheerleading co-ordinator for the National Rugby League in Australia when Glenn played for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels Now she is here in Bradford, Robyn is trying to perfect an English accent to get more acting jobs of her own.
"I've been in TV ads for McDonalds and Pizza Hut over here but my agent's told me I have to work on my British accent if I want to get more offers here!" she said.
Robyn, who has already been coaching Huddersfield Town Football Club's cheerleading team, will run her Richard Dunn classes to music, teaching youngsters dance moves, pom pom routines, tumbling and safe stunts.
The classes are for anyone who wants to have a go but Robyn is hoping it will appeal to teenage girls in particular.
Recent research carried out by the Youth Sport Trust shows the key age for girls dropping out of physical activity is in their early teenage years.
"The classes are hard work but they are fun and will get you fit," she said. "It's better than watching TV or siting in front of a computer!"
Steve Warner, head of sport and leisure services at Bradford Council, said: "We are delighted that we are teaming up with Robyn.
"She has all the necessary skills and experience to make these exciting new sessions a big hit and I hope youngsters will come along and try them out."
Cheerleading begins on Wednesday, February 27, from 4pm to 6pm, with lessons for boys and girls aged five to nine and ten to 16. The drama starts on Tuesday, February 26, from 4pm to 5pm and is open to boys and girls aged 11 to 16.