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Welcome to MARA Cheer

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Please read below for information on our cheer-leading program.
Email us at [email protected] if you have any other questions.

Congratulations to our
MARA’s competitive cheer squad, Blue Reign, placed FIRST in their division at the Reach the Beach Daytona National Cheerleading Championships on March 20, 2021!

Congratulations to our 2023 Pop Warner Cheer Squads. ALL competing teams placed FIRST in the Local Competition!


2024 Spring Football Cheer Information

Registration will open on January 15th. 

Spring football cheer will run from mid-March to late May. Practices will be held one day per week for all squads. All games are on Saturdays. Make up games may be held on Friday evenings/Sunday afternoons.

Prices includes a uniform T-Shirt and bow. Pom Poms will be provided and returned to MARA at the end of the season. Athletes will be required to wear black bottoms and all-white cheer (athletic) shoes. 

Registration fee for 2024 season is $115. A late fee will apply after February 25th. Please review our refund policy carefully. 

Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) incurs various league, medical, security, uniform, insurance, and administrative fees which are not refundable to the organization.  Therefore, if you withdraw your player fifteen (15) days or more before the stated registration period closes for a sport/program, we will provide a refund of the total registration fee, LESS A $50 admin fee.  Otherwise, we do not provide any refunds for a player withdrawing from the program.

No previous cheer experience is required! We love teaching the sport of cheer to all levels. We only ask that participants show up to every practice with a can-do attitude, bright smile, and LOUD voice! We will not hold any tryouts or assessments. Participants are placed on squads corresponding to their age bracket. This program is great for athletes who are looking to try cheerleading for the first time. 

Spring cheer teams are open to ages 4 1/2 to 11. Young athletes turning 5 during the season are eligible to participate. Age for the spring season is determined as of 7/31/2024. 

  • Twinkles (Junior Team): up to age 6
  • Elite Team: 7-11

MARA - Arthur Goodman Memorial Park - 1200 S Trade St, Matthews NC 28105
In the event of inclement weather or field unavailability, there may also be some off-site practices at a local school/gym.

Practice for the Junior squad is Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM on the main field one evening per week. 
Practice for the Elite squads is Thursdays from 5:15-6:30 PM on the main field one evening per week. 


Consider joining our coaching staff! This entire program is run by volunteers and we can only have as many teams as we have adult volunteers. No experience? No problem! Often times we have past MARA/high school cheerleaders help teach cheers/routines, but we are always looking for an adult supervisor to assist at practices and games and be a point of contact for the squad's parents. If you or someone you know are interested in helping coach, please follow this link to complete a volunteer application: 

All volunteers must submit to a background check plus other sports specific certifications.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 



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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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