Crystal Palace cheerleaders The Crystals help club get nominated for Football League award after millions view YouTube videos
A group of cheerleaders are continuing their meteoric rise to stardom after their formation three years ago.
The Crystals, cheerleaders for Crystal Palace Football Club, have recently helped the club get nominated for a Football League Award, for their popular YouTube videos.
More than four million people have viewed the four videos, which included lip syncing the hit Call Me Maybe and their own version of Gangnam Style.
From starting out with four members in 2010, it has been a remarkable rise to fame for the cheerleading group who also narrowly missed out on being the official cheerleaders for Team GB.
The popular cheerleaders are now one of the most famous groups in the country, with numerous TV appearances on shows such as Soccer AM.
But it isn’t just Palace fans that have enjoyed the Crystals, with the group doing a lot of work in the community and attending numerous events in Croydon.
Sharon Lacey, marketing manager at Crystal Palace Football Club, said she was delighted with how the group has progressed.
She said: "They have had to prove themselves and they put a lot of work into being accepted.
"They immersed themselves in the atmosphere of the club, which is fantastic."
She added: "It isn’t easy to get these things right, like the YouTube videos, but we have done.
"We have been considered for a football league award and that is testament to the work the girls have done."
Nina McCue, 21, has been with the Crystals since the very beginning, said it was great the girls were getting positive recognition.
"So far it has been a roller-coaster. From the start we did not think anyone would like us and then gradually people started to get used to us and now we have a good following," she said.
“It is amazing really as people are now saying they look forward to seeing us at games which is really nice.
“At the start we did games when there were only five of us and now we are working towards a squad of 20. It is such a dramatic change."
Amie Latter, vice captain of the group and a lifelong Palace fan, said they love the work they do with the club, which is all voluntary.
She said: "It is like living the dream for me as I have been a fan all my life.
"When I first went on the pitch I felt bad as my brother has always wanted to go onto the pitch and now I am doing it every week.
"We do so much in our own time but we love it. The things we do in the community helps get the club's name out there which is good for the club."