TOWN'S new cheerleaders are proving a huge success.

More than 50 girls are now involved in the project, which is part of Nationwide initiatives to promote the game of football among girls.

Most clubs, of course, have coaching schemes, but with Town's Football in the Community programme already offering a range of such courses, they opted for cheerleading classes.

Nationwide, an official partner of the Football Association and women's football, have given £750,000 to be shared equally among League clubs to operate the Supporters of Tomorrow project.

"The cheerleaders idea has really taken off and the girls are enjoying being part of matchday at the McAlpine," said Paul France, manager of Town's Football in the Community Scheme.

The Town Cheerleaders' classes have been running for six months, and the grant received from Nationwide has provided the girls with first class training facilities, the health and fitness dance studio in the Panasonic Stand, a qualified instructor, and a uniform to help them feel part of the team.

The girls will be performing on the pitch both before and at half time when Scunthorpe visit the McAlpine a week on Saturday, April 17.

All the girls get a free match ticket courtesy of the Nationwide Supporters Of Tomorrow initiative.

Their families, too, receive subsidised tickets through the scheme.

Any girls who would like to get involved should call 01484-484189.