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The Mauritius Secondary School Sports Association, the MSSSA, was created in 1963 by a group of Physical Training Instructors. The main idea was to organise sports competitions among secondary school students. Football and basketball were the first team games introduced, culminating in a national athletic championship at the Rose-Hill stadium.
On 26 July 1972 the association was registered with the Registrar of Association and it became a legal body in conformity with Act 35/78, Act 26/84, GN 50/79 and GN 68/85. The Sports Act was promulgated in 1984 and the MSSSA had to abide by the new rules. In 1985 the number of colleges and activities increased quite extensively and this needed a permanent secretariat to continue with the organisation of sports activities.
The competitions were held in four regions of the island and Tournaments were organised at both regional and national levels. Football, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, basket ball, boxing and judo formed the core of the activities.
Athletics were so popular that nearly all colleges, more than a hundred, wanted to participate. This was practically impossible and a first division of twenty colleges and a second division with sixty colleges were created.
In 1989 the ministry of education, with the collaboration of the Private Secondary School Association, introduced a participation and performance grant scheme. The number of colleges soared to well above hundred. The organisation was so complex that the physical education teachers were asked to form part of technical commission, while the management was taken care of by school rectors. The then minister of youth and sport, Mr Michel Glover, adopted a policy for maximum student participation and adequate support was proposed. Greater stress were given for proper renationalisation with equal opportunity for all student participants.
In 1994, regionalism in athletics became a reality and the very popular "Inter College" were replaced by "Inter-region" competitions at national levels.
In 1997, an amendment was brought in the organisation of athletics, in order to give equal importance to "Inter-College" and "Inter-region". This was done specially to allow students to identify themselves to their respective institutions.
As from 2000, a few events were abandoned and other events were introduced. Presently competitions are organised in eight disciplines, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, cross-country, football, handball, table tennis, swimming and volleyball. The option for participation in chess exist during school vacations.
The students are the most important stake holders and the organisation caters for four categories of participants: Benjamin, Minim, Cadet, Junior. Both boys and girls are given equal chance to participate in the activities of the association. With the introduction of examinations in physical education and sports at school certificate levels, the association has to remodel its activities.
As from 2012, team games will be organised in two categories namely under 16 and under 20. The individual events will however be organised in the above mention four categories.