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Coronavirus and school sport

Coronavirus and school sport
5/08/2021

Coronavirus and school sport

Updated 11 October 2021

The Department of Education and Training is continuing to monitor and act on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As you would appreciate this is an evolving situation and we need to adhere to the latest public health advice as well as broader Department of Education and Training communications to the sector.

Interschool sport

Currently, interschool sport is not permitted in Victoria, until further advised.

Resumption of any interschool sport is dependent on advice from the Department of Health that it is considered safe to do so.


Changes to interschool sport competitions and events

There have been a number of disruptions to the interschool sport program in 2021, including several weeks of the school terms where interschool sport events and competitions have not been able to be conducted due to Victorian government restrictions relating to coronavirus.

A significant number of School Sport Victoria events, including District, Division, Region and State Championships, initially planned to run in Terms 2 to Term 4 have been impacted.

Unfortunately, School Sport Victoria is not in a position to re-schedule any events.

This decision was based on:

  • the staggered return to school arrangements for Term 4
  • interschool activities including interschool sport is not permitted during this time
  • uncertainty when interschool sport may be permitted, if at all, for the rest of 2021
  • venue capacity and density limits (particularly for larger events)
  • availability of dates and access to grounds and facilities, official, referees and event staff.

School Sport Victoria's priority is to engage as many students in school sport.

We therefore encourage intraschool sporting activities, where permitted, that encourage participation as well as meeting COVID-19 safe requirements.


State Championships and State Finals

As previously announced, all School Sport Victoria State Championships for 2021 have been cancelled.

With the announced staggered return of students to school in Term 4 and that interschool is not currently permitted, SSV Regions are also making similar announcements.

The School Sport Victoria Primary Teams Tennis, Primary Table Tennis, Junior Golf and Primary Golf Championships, that are delivered by the respective State Sporting Organisations, have also been cancelled.

Communicating changes

Any updates on District, Division or Region interschool sport events will be communicated directly to the participating schools.

The status of events will be updated on the events page on the School Sport Victoria website, where information is available.

Please continue to keep updated through your school and by checking School Sport Victoria communication via our website (www.ssv.vic.edu.au), Facebook (School Sport Victoria), and Twitter (@SchoolSportVic).


Ensuring COVID-19 safe measures are adhered to

Where interschool sport can resume, a range of health and safety measures will be put in place for interschool sport events and competitions, which are outlined in the School Sport Victoria COVID-19 Safe Plan.

Advice for schools participating in School Sport Victoria events outlines key requirements for schools participating in interschool sport events.  This advice is intended to ensure that the staff, students, volunteers and parents/carers fully understand their responsibilities when attending a School Sport Victoria event.


Team Vic

Currently, any Team Vic selection trials and training are postponed.

School Sport Victoria will communicate directly with those who have registered to trial or selected in teams to advise of revised dates and any other updates, when they become available.

Where permitted, selection trials and training will be delivered in line with the School Sport Victoria COVID-19 Safe Plan.

School Sport Victoria is committed to providing a Team Vic program for Victorian students in 2021. Student registrations for selection trials remain open for a number of sports. For further details, please visit the Team Vic page of this website. 

School Sport Victoria will also continue with the announcement of Team Vic teams as these are selected.

School Sport Victoria is continuing to work through opportunities for the Team Vic program for 2021, and will provide direct communication to those parents and students that are selected in Team Vic teams as these options are finalised.


Participation in virtual school sport

The School Sport Victoria Virtual Track and Field is now open and we encourage schools and students to participate in a range of disciplines.

School Sport Victoria is encouraging students to give it a try and by taking part students will also score points for their school.

We also encourage teachers, parents and students to check out these ways to remain active and practice your sport skills during this time.

Check and adhere to the current Victorian Government information for sport and exercise relevant to your local area by visiting the Coronavirus website.

Please continue to keep updated through your school and by checking School Sport Victoria communication via our website (www.ssv.vic.edu.au), Facebook (School Sport Victoria), and Twitter (@SchoolSportVic).