The Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) was established in February 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya at a meeting convened by Nike and attended by 110 delegates from 43 organisations and 17 countries. Nike were being approached by organisations operating in Africa in sport for development and peace for support and advocated for the network to coordinate theirs and others’ response to the sector.
Further meetings were held in Namibia and Morocco with an initial idea of creating a network of chapters of the network across Africa. Also founded in 2007 by Nike and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was the SSCN Brazil which has 81 member institutions and is still active today. In 2011, Nike partnered with the Mayor of the City of London, Active Communities Network, and Community Action Zone to establish the SSCN London. Apart from South Africa and Brazil the other envisioned chapters of the network were not sustained.