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Coronavirus and school sport

Coronavirus and school sport

Coronavirus and school sport

Updated 31 January 2022

School Sport Victoria looks forward to providing its extensive school sport program to primary and secondary schools across Victoria in 2022, and has a range of plans in place for the safe delivery of school sport events and competitions.

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.

This includes aligning with the advice in the Department's School Operations Guide as well as current information on community sport as outlined in the Open Premises Order.

Below are some important updates to School Sport Victoria's programs for the commencement of the 2022 school year.

Interschool sport

School Sport Victoria interschool sport competitions and events will resume in Term 1.

COVID-19 provisions

A range of health and safety measures will be put in place for interschool sport events and competitions in line with current restrictions and to meet COVID-19 safe requirements, including vaccination requirements. These 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.

School Sport Victoria is currently reviewing and updating its COVID-19 Safe Plan and supporting documentation to reflect current requirements.

Potential changes to interschool sport

School Sport Victoria interschool sport competitions at a primary District or secondary Division level are supported where there is agreement amongst the participating schools.

School Sport Victoria understands and respects that schools will make their own decisions regarding their participation in interschool sport.

As per previous years, there may be changes to interschool sport events and competitions, such as changes to dates or venues, modifying the event or competition, which may be due to:

·       unplanned changes in participation by schools and students, including at short notice

·       access to grounds and facilities as well as a venue's COVID-19 requirements

·       availability of required officials, referees and event staff.

Communication of updates

School Sport Victoria will continue to provide updates in relation any changes to interschool sport throughout 2022.

School Sport Victoria District and Division Coordinators will communicate directly to the participating schools where there is a change to a local interschool sporting event.

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 (, Facebook (School Sport Victoria), and Twitter (@SchoolSportVic).

Team Vic

School Sport Victoria is planning for the delivery of selection trials across the range of Team Vic teams for 2022.

Selection trials will be delivered in line with the School Sport Victoria COVID-19 Safe Plan.

Student registrations are now open for a number of Team Vic teams. To register and get further details on the Team Vic program, please visit the Team Vic page of this website. 

School Sport Victoria will communicate directly with those who have registered to trial or have been selected in teams, to advise of any updates as required.

SSV Play

In 2022, School Sport Victoria will be providing a range of activities that are non-competitive and focus on participation, as part of the SSV Play program.

These activities will be delivered to or in schools, and will align with the requirements in the School Operations Guide.

For more information on SSV Play, please visit the SSV Play page of this website.

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