Sports channel ESPN5 has recently announced its exclusive live coverage of the National Cheerleading Competition (NCC) scheduled this February 27 and March 1 to 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, marking the official debut of the country’s biggest cheer and dance competition on live television.
Unlike the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), which covers only eight schools, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which has 12 member schools, the NCC covers a much bigger spectrum of participants. The biggest private school-based network in the Philippines, as multiple collegiate and HS organizations (UAAP, NCAA, WNCAA, etc) are all represented in the competition.
This year’s edition of the NCC covers the Cheerleading, Dance and Drumline championships and will be held in three phases namely the Cheer Camps non-competition events, the Regional Qualifiers in Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region and the Nationals final round.
Last year, 150 schools consisting of over 3,500 athletes competed in the NCC’s Dance, Cheer, and Drumline competitions. This year promises to have a similar or even bigger number of participants in what promises to be a more exciting competition up ahead.
As part of its coverage, ESPN5 will have a live TV coverage and live streaming on the website of the National Dance and National Drumline Championships on February 27 as well as the All-Girl Cheerleading Championships scheduled for March 1 and the Co-Ed Cheerleading Championships on March 2.
“We’re excited about this partnership with ESPN5, particularly now that cheerleading is recognized by the Olympics as a sport. Since we started in 2006, the Philippine cheer community has grown by leaps and bounds and is now considered one of the top teams in the world, and with this partnership, we continue to aim to develop our community and continue to compete with best in the world—and maybe even an eventual Olympic medal,” enthused Carlos Valdes III, President of the National Cheerleading Competition.
This is a press release from ESPN5.