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Significance and Contribution of ICSSD

The Centre

ICSSD is Africa’s leading interdisciplinary centre promoting sport as a powerful tool for development, wellbeing and social change through high quality research and combining the areas of sports sciences, and community development and wellness.


Since its launch in 2009, the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Science and Development (ICSSD) has had a significant impact on UWC students, communities, sports federations, NGOs locally as well as for provincial and local government. It has also made a mark, globally, with universities, public and private institutions, as well as international stakeholders such as the UN, ICSSPE, SDA, IOC and IOA and Sportaddev.

The ICSSD's vision, mission, objectives and values are as follows:

ICSSD prioritises the following niche areas