The Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) is a meeting point for Non-Governmental and Community Based Organizations involved in sport for development. It is a brainchild of Nike Inc. and was founded in 2007 to create a movement around sport for change. It consists of regional coordination with Hubs in Southern Africa, Brazil and Argentina. In Southern Africa, the SSCN was founded by member organizations in seven countries with 42 members affiliated to it.
In 2009, NIKE South Africa and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through its Youth Development through Football project signed a Public- Private- Partnership, to co-fund the SSCN in Southern Africa.
The SSCN offers its members the opportunity to come together, exchange knowledge and advocate with one voice. Its role is to enhance the growth, quality and sustainability of sport for social change programs. In March 2012 the SSCN became an independent legal entity and is registered as a non-profit company (NPC).
It is the priority of the SSCN to attract more funding partners from private and public sector.
Our Vision is to be a key strategic partner spearheading the delivery of social impact through sport
Our Mission is to create opportunities to strengthen the growth and impact of the sport for social change network towards excellence in southern Africa, through:
Promoting the use of sport as a main stream tool for social change
Innovative approaches that are community-driven and owned
Effective structures of governance, which promotes innovation and leadership through collaboration and partnership collaborative strategy and integrative approach to create a nurturing and conducive environment for sport for social change at all levels of engagement by focusing on the aspirations and needs of member organizations, youth and participants.
Contributing to national and regional development objectives relating to youth empowerment, skill development and economic independency
Develop and support of quality programmes that result in measurable impact for reflective learning and evidenced-based decision-making.
The Southern African SSCN aims to connect numerous
organizations across 10 countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi,
Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Currently we
have 56 members who are part of the network.