At risk of being redundant, I can speak to the CEA situation with some experience. My CP currently cheers at the Sanford gym. We absolutely love it. Close to home, price is right, competitions are mostly local, my kid can cheer with girls from her school, etc. For most parents, that is just fine. But. My kid is 9. Just got herself some level 5 skills. As wonderful as Sanford is, there is not going to be a place for a 9 year old level 5 athlete any time soon. As someone said earlier, it takes years to build a gym with that kind of teams. I'm appreciative that there is the option to drive her to Kernersville to get her "needs" met without having to change gyms. Though most of the Sanford parents put me at the top of the crazy cheer mom list for driving that far for cheerleading, many of the Kernersville moms do the same thing and "get" us. It boils down to different types of cheer customers. I happen to be both. LOL So we get the best of both worlds. Top quality cheer instruction on a local level in Sanford, and the opportunity (Pope willing) to compete on a level 5 team that is also age appropriate.