Who are we?

The British Cheerleading Association (“the BCA”) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England under the Company Number 5114903. Our Registered Offices are: Beechey House, 87 Church Street, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7AW.

The BCA are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our customers. We will never share your personal information with other companies for marketing purposes. This Privacy Policy provides further information on when and why we collect your personal information, how we use it, the circumstances under which we may have to disclose it to others, and how we keep it secure.

Type of data we collect

Website Cookies

What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smart phones or tablets) as you browse this website. They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or device accesses our website. Cookies are essential for the effective operation of our website.

Why do we use Cookies and what Information is Collected?
The BCA website uses a software package ‘WooCommerce’ to manage the eCommerce portion of our website. To keep track of items in your online Shopping Basket, WooCommerce makes use of the following Cookies:

  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart
  • wp_woocommerce_session_

The first two cookies contain information about the Shopping Basket as a whole and helps WooCommerce know when items are added, removed or changed. The final cookie (wp_woocommerce_session_) contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the Shopping Basket data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored within these cookies.

How can I disable Cookies?
If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies.  How you can do this will depend on the browser you use.   Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below: –

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. Click on the “privacy” tab
  3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Google Chrome:

  1. Choose Settings> Advanced
  2. Under “Privacy and security,” click “Content settings”.
  3. Click “Cookies”

For Safari:

  1. Choose Preferences > Privacy
  2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”

For Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
  2. Click on the icon “privacy”
  3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:

  1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
  2. Privacy

What happens if I disable Cookies?
Our website may not operate properly if cookies are switched off and you may be unable to complete a purchase.

Google Analytics

When someone visits www.cheerleading.org.uk we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to our site and the time of day these visits occur. We use this information to provide a better Customer Service experience. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Mailing Lists and General Mailings

As part of our registration process, we collect personal information including your email address. We use that information for a couple of reasons:

  • To tell you about information you’ve asked us to provide you
  • To contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information
  • To check our records are right and to check occasionally that you’re happy and satisfied

We don’t sell or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses.

We use a third-party provider “Mailer Lite” to deliver our general mailings. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.

You can unsubscribe to general mailings and remove your contact details at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails.

Website Ordering Information

When you order any products sold via our website such as spectator wristbands, training courses or other merchandise, your personal information will be stored in our online eCommerce system, WooCommerce, which forms part of our website. This information is used solely to process your order.

We use a third-party provider “Stripe” to process online payments and will provide this provider with the required information needed to complete your order.

Our website and any personal information stored within it is fully secured with an SSL Certificate using 256 Bit Encryption.

Event Registration

We use your personal information to process and validate your entry into the event which you have chosen to register. We may also contact you by telephone or email to confirm any details provided and to keep you informed with further information and updates in direct relation this event.

Your personal information may be shared with other organisations for the sole purpose of validating eligibility to the chosen event. You can choose not to allow this at any time by notifying us at [email protected] and withdrawing your competition entry.

Every athlete competing at a BCA event is required to submit age documentation for the purpose of confirming their eligibility for a selected division. Documentation provided for the purpose of validating your identity (copy of passport etc) is automatically deleted from our system as soon as your eligibility is confirmed. All other information (name, date of birth, gender) is stored indefinitely. You can request to have your information removed at any time by by notifying us at [email protected] and requesting for your athlete record to be deleted.

Your data is stored using the “RegChamp” Registration System on a dedicated Server which is secured with an SSL Certificate using 256 Bit Encryption.

Access to your Personal Information

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, you have the right to view, amend or delete any of your personal data that we hold. Please email any requests to [email protected]

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This policy may be reviewed and updated at any time to reflect any changes within our business or for legal or regulatory reasons. The last update was on 1st August 2022.