The foothills of the Chilterns are now firmly on the map of the cheerleading world.

Seven Buckinghamshire teenagers competed in the European Cheerleading Championship in Slovenia earlier this month and managed to secure second place in the Senior Cheer Dance category.

In total, 25 girls from Bucks went to the Championship, all pupils at Kobika Starlites Cheer Academy. The UK Cheerleading Association selected a number of squads from it's own competition in March, to represent the nation in Slovenia.

What's even more remarkable, is that this Senior squad, made up of seven girls aged 16-18, was only set up this January. Despite that, they bagged first place at the UK Cheerleading Association (UKCA) National Championships.

The Kobika girls arrive in Slovenia

Last year, five of the girls came third at the European Championship and later that year, at the World Championship in Berlin, they came fifth.

The senior team who won second place are: Abbie Baker, Emily Eyre, Lucy Ives, Laura Knight, Kate Markwell, Evie Noel-Baker and Issy Tilt. All are in school or college in Buckinghamshire.

Artistic Director Katie Cobie said: "These are all girls from the local Bucks area. They have done so incredibly well. We're all really proud."

Katie usually choreographs cheer routines herself but increasingly, the girls often take charge, and during this championship they helped to create three of the routines they performed.

The team were sponsored by the Shanly Foundation and other local companies, making the cheerleader's success a real source of pride for all of Bucks.

Video courtesy European Cheerleading Association