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Student Athlete Development Academy

Information Package 2021 - 2022


The Academy


Deep Blue Cheer Academy is proud to partner with Parkland School Division to provide a high performance cheerleading, tumbling and training program.

The Parkland School Division Student Athlete Development Academy is a program for Grades 6-12 that provides student athletes in pursuit of high performance with technical, theoretical and experiential opportunities, while keeping them engaged in a rich and complete school community focused on academic achievement. Our aim is to provide local, high quality affordable options for unique high performance sport programming. 

This program is a collaboration between Parkland School Division and a number of community partners who offer high quality athletic development in their given sport. This program offers a pathway that provides student athletes with technical, theoretical and experimental opportunities in the pursuit of high performance athletics while being immersed in a rich and complete school community and focusing on achieving academic goals.

Program Goals

Our goal is to help student athletes develop to their fullest potential by providing expert instruction and intensive training in order to provide student athletes with a  unique opportunity to excel in the sport of cheerleading. We will strive to create an atmosphere where they can succeed in their academics, their physical fitness and work on their social and emotional development.  Our desire is that they will become confident, capable and extraordinary people.


Program Prerequisites

This  program is open to all Cheerleaders in the Parkland School Division, you are not required to attend Deep Blue Athletics as an athlete. This program is meant for athletes with cheerleading and/or gymnastics experience. 


Program Outline

Deep Blue Athletics Cheerleading Academy will offer a comprehensive program focusing on individual skill development and progression while continuing to foster a love for all aspects of cheerleading.

Athlete development is focused on the following:

  • Tumbling (Levels 1-6) 
  • Jumps
  • Strength and Flexibility
  • Stunting (Levels 1 and above)
  • Performance Cheer (Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop)
  • Growth Mindset 

In each of these areas, we will closely monitor and track individual athlete’s progress and maximize individual skill development. Coaches with extensive experience work closely with student athletes on their athletic development and progress.  Coaches will focus on teaching skills appropriate to each level of athlete to progress skills safely and successfully. Coaches and athletes will focus on setting goals and programming plans to optimize development and help athletes achieve their goals. The focus will be on individual  program plans, however the Academy will also encompass a focus on the team aspect of cheerleading with the hope to perform or compete in the later part of the season as a team and/or individualized routines.

An example of the schedule Deep Blue Athletics will provide, is as follows:  

Day 1 - 3 hours - Extensive tumbling and flexibility training 

Day 3 - 2 hours - Sport specific strength and conditioning 

Day 5 - 2 hours - Stunt training, jump development and dance

Additional flex, research & development days.  Examples of flex day programming could be; sports psychology, nutrition, sports medicine, leadership opportunities, multipart experiences, etc. 


Program Costs


Program costs are divided over the full school year. Monthly Tuition: $295 (10 months)

** Please note DBA competitive team athletes enrolled in the Academy are exempt from their competitive teams tumbling requirement

Tuition includes the following items; all training sessions, including special instructors, training gear, transportation, all DBA open gym sessions, insurance. Development of an individual and/or group performance routine to be performed at one showcase and one local competition. 


Training Gear

1 program specific t-shirt

1 program specific tank

1 program specific hoodie

1 program specific short



Kristi-Lee Sikorski, Groove It Dance

  • Performance Cheer Lead Instructor

Nicole Colby, Deep Blue Athletics

  • Cheerleading Lead Instructor

Kaitlyn Bertsch

  • Tumbling Lead Instructor
  • Strength and Flexibility Coach

Deanna Kibblewhite

  • Academy Director and Coordinator, Instructor


Contact Us

Please direct all questions to:  

Deanna Kibblewhite

Deep Blue Athletics Academy

Phone: (780)948-0395

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About Deep Blue

Deep Blue Athletics Ltd is an elite all star cheerleading company anchored in the desire to ensure a strong athletic foundation while fostering the safe development and progression of new skills.

Practicing Address: #10, 321 Saskatchewan Ave, Spruce Grove, AB 
Mailing Address: PO Box 3125 Spruce Grove, Spruce Grove, AB  T7X 3A5


Phone: (780) 948-0395

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