Good question! The BBTSA stands for the British Baton Twirling Sports Association, and for those of you who have never heard of the sport, it really is amazing to watch. Having had nothing to do with baton twirling until my daughter took it up seven years ago, I had no idea what to expect. It is a combination of dance and gymnastics combined with the twirling of a baton in which routines are set. The athlete performs moves involving the whole of their body, tossing and catching the baton in a variety of ways. Although its roots are similar, do not confuse baton twirling with majorettes or even cheerleading. You don’t want to upset a twirler with two batons in their hands!!
As a lesser known sport, it is very hard for the athletes to get funding to help support their ambitions. As any dance mum knows, things can get pretty expensive. This is where we come in. I try to support as many charities as I can through the PlayBag Company, so have decided that over April to June this year, I will donate £1 from each sale to go towards the international teams who will be representing England in the European Cup in France and also the World Championships in Sweden.
Best of luck to all the UK twirlers taking part in these competitions!
Please do get in touch if you know of any other ways in which to help support these athletes either individually or as a squad. Thanks!