On 8 May 2003, the former MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, the Honourable Webster Mfebe announced in his policy speech:
“To be successful we need a multi-disciplinary facility. The establishment of the Free State Sport Science Institute fulfils this role. The FSSSI will function as the umbrella facility for the already existing Free State Academy of Sport, the new High Performance Centre and Sport Development Centre. It will forge partnerships, especially with institutions of higher learning”
During this budget vote the Department allocated R3, 1 million to upgrade the existing sport and recreational facility at the Orange Hospital, to host the FSSSI, while another R3 million was contributed by the National Sport and Recreation Department (SRSA) through its ‘Building for Sport and Recreation Programme’. The South African National Lottery Agency pledged R2,8 million for purchasing the latest high-performance testing and evaluation equipment.
The construction started during 2003 and on the 5th of November 2004 the Free
State Sport Science Institute was officially launched by the National Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mr Stofile, as the first government-funded High Performance, Talent Development and Coaching Training Facility in the country.
|On the 7th of August 2013 the National Training Centre (NTC) was launched, whereby the FSSSI was accredited as the official service provider for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)|