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Coronavirus and school sport

Coronavirus and school sport
11/06/2020

​Coronavirus and school sport

Update – 11 June 2020

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

Importance of sport for schools and students

Playing sport can provide so many benefits to students. Remaining physically active is important to student's health and wellbeing – as well as supporting their learning.

School sport is also integral to supporting the achievement of the Education State targets, in particular happy, healthy and resilient kids and pride and confidence in our schools.

At a time when students have been isolated from their school friends, school sport provides an opportunity for students to reconnect and learn to work together again.

Recommencing sport in schools also provides the opportunity for students to pick up on developing important motor and physical skills, like throwing, catching, hitting.


Providing sport activities within schools

School Sport Victoria encourages schools to support students to engage in physical activity and sport activities at school - to re-engage them in being active and developing their sporting skills.

Any sport or recreation activity within schools are to align with Department of Education and Training advice – which includes:

  • Preference for activities that use outdoor facilities
  • Limiting the numbers for activities in indoor facilities
  • Encouraging non-contact sports
  • Practicing hand hygiene before and after use of any sporting equipment.


Participation in virtual school sport

School Sport Victoria recently launched a virtual cross country, encouraging primary and secondary students across Victoria to run or walk a suitable distance and log their time. Join in today and check out details here: SSV Virtual Cross Country.

School Sport Victoria will be releasing other virtual school sport opportunities shortly.

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


Interschool sport – current status

School Sport Victoria advises that no interschool sporting events and competitions will run in Term 2.

Some interschool sporting events and competitions have been cancelled and will not run in 2020. These include:

  • Local district or division events which cannot be rescheduled to later in the year. This may be due to the seasonality of the sport, access to venues or availability of schools to participate. Your school will be aware of the details for these events so we encourage you to contact your School Sport Coordinator.
  • Senior team sports (Year 11/12), including Premier League competitions, as many of these were due to be run over Term 2 and 3 and will not be rescheduled.
  • Region and State Championships for cross country and winter team sports due to be held in Term 3, meaning that progression to a Region or State Championship will not occur for the following sports: Australian Football, badminton (secondary only), bowls (secondary only), cross country, hockey, netball, soccer and tee ball (primary only).
  • State Championships for swimming is cancelled. The remaining Division and Region Championships may be delivered in Term 4, where possible.

Further advice regarding the status of individual events will be updated on the events page of this website.

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

School Sport Victoria is planning for how interschool sport can resume in line with the latest available advice, and will be delivered differently to previous years. This means that:

  • Some sports may not be delivered this year.
  • Students and/or school teams won't progress to State Championships in some sports.
  • Sports may be modified to suit the latest health advice, such as physical distancing. 

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).


Team Vic

There will be no Team Vic teams for 2020. School Sport Australia has announced that all Championships for 2020 are cancelled.

School Sport Victoria has communicated with those who have registered for Team Vic.

We encourage students to check out these ways to remain active and practice your sport skills during this time as well as join our weekly live Q&A sessions with Team Vic alumni called Ask School Sport Victoria #ASKSSV.