SSISA's Corporate Social Investment Programme
The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) was founded on 4 November 1994 and set itself the goal of improving the sporting performance and health of all South Africans through the application, execution and dissemination of science. Key to the mission and vision of SSISA are our social responsibility initiatives. SSISA believes in and is committed to building a healthy nation and has a number of social investment and outreach projects. Through our programmes and partners we are able to uplift marginalised communities and individuals.
The Community Health Intervention Programmes (CHIPs) was launched in 1997 in the Western Cape. The vision was to develop a programme that was sustainable in its ability to improve various communities’ participation in physical activity, enabling them to realise the health benefits of regular exercise. Thus the primary focus of the programme is to enable, educate and encourage previously disadvantaged communities to participate in physical activity for recreational and health benefits.
The CHIPs programme has run successfully since its inception in 1997, touching the lives of over 10000 people in the Western Cape, from children to senior citizens. We have opened 36 community branches and have trained over 200 community leaders to teach exercise in a group-based environment. Using the “train-the-trainer” model, the programme empowers and allows skills to be developed in the community to ensure long term sustainability. It is unique because it works only in the previously disadvantaged communities and has projects which target all ages.