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Coronavirus and school sport

Coronavirus and school sport
5/08/2021

Coronavirus and school sport

Updated 8 September 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.

School Sport Victoria is currently making every effort to reschedule impacted interschool sport events. Where this is not possible, events and competitions will be cancelled, including being able to progress to Region and State Championships.

Considerations for these decisions include:

  • return to school arrangements for Term 4, including advice on the resumption of interschool sport
  • restrictions on interschool sport provision
  • venue capacity and density limits (particularly for larger events)
  • access to grounds and facilities, official, referees and event staff
  • availability of dates, in conjunction with already planned team sports and track and field.

    School Sport Victoria's priority is to engage as many students in school sport. Therefore, when rescheduling events, a key focus will be on holding local level District and Division events and competitions, where possible, to maximise student and school participation.


State Championships and State Finals

Due to the current statewide lockdown, uncertainty of students' return to school in Term 4 and the challenges with postponing events until later in the year, School Sport Victoria wishes to advise that the following events planned for Term 4 have been cancelled:

  • School Sport Victoria State Championships:
    • Primary and Secondary Track and Field Championships
    • Primary Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Volleyball
    • Secondary Senior Cricket
    • Premier League Australian Football
    • Secondary Year 7 to Intermediate: Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball

      The School Sport Victoria Primary Teams Tennis, Junior Golf and Primary Golf Championships are delivered by the respective State Sporting Organisations and School Sport Victoria is currently in discussions to ascertain the possibility of re-scheduling these events.


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.

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

School Sport Victoria's Virtual Cross Country is currently on and schools and students are encouraged to get out and give it a go. 

Victorian primary and secondary students can take part in any way they would like - they can run or walk. Every metre run by a student will earn virtual points for their school.

For full details, please visit the School Sport Victoria Virtual Cross Country page.

During Term 4, the School Sport Victoria Virtual Track and Field will be available, to encourage schools and students to participate in a range of disciplines.

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).