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The Eastern Cape Majorette and Cheerleading Association (ECMA) is the proud host of the Samca National Championships to be held in East London next year. This will be the first time in 17 years that the competition will be has been held in East London.

ECMA president Gareth Stanton said that organising the nationals is a big task.

“We’ve already hit the ground running, scouting for fields and accommodation for the thousands of kids who that will be here,” said Stanton.

He said that it will take a lot for the community to pull this off even in terms of simple things such as catering.

HOST CITY: Samca president Wayne Oberem, right, officially hands over the national competition flag to ECMA president Gareth Stanton Picture: SUPPLIED

Samca (South African Majorettes and Cheerleading Association) president Wayne Oberem said it’s exciting that the city will host a major competition.

“Any city in the country has an opportunity to bid at our AGM, whereafter we evaluate the suitability to host,” Oberem said

The East London community will be exposed to a huge tourism boost.

Oudtshoorn, which hosted the 2018 nationals this year, saw about approximately 5 000 people arrive to take part and spectate and similar numbers are expected for East London.

Oberem added that the province will have the opportunity to add two lucky grassroots teams to be included in the nationals, and may choose who they want to nominate.

The national association will be visiting the city on a regular basis during in preparations for the competition.

To maintain high discipline and respect within the sport, Samca will also train judges and marshalls.

Any businesses that would like to assist to pull this thing historical event off in East London, can contact Stanton on 043-734-3363 or 082-321-4182.

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