The International Cheer Union (ICU) was established on 26 April 2004 and consists of 116 National Cheer Federations and 7.5 million athletes from all contents across the world.
On 31 May 2013, the ICU became the 109th member to join the Sport Accord. Thereby becoming the 93rd international sport federation to join the international sport family and achieve Sport Accord Status.
This means that the ICU is confirmed as the world governing body for Cheerleading and main authority on all matter relating thereto.
In 2016 the ICU officially received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee thereby opening up the road to potentially seeing cheerleading at the Olympic Games in the future.
“This decision will greatly assist us as we strive to create opportunities for healthy participation and competition for millions of Cheer athletes worldwide” - Jeff Webb, President of the International Cheer Union to the
SAMCA, as a member of ICU, strives to advance cheerleading globally and specifically within South Africa by the development of educational training programs for athletes, coached and officials as well as proper safety programs and regulations.