School Sport Victoria, as part of the Department of Education and Training, delivers an extensive school sport program to primary and secondary students across Victoria.
School Sport Victoria was established on 1 January 2010 following the merger of the Victorian Primary Schools' Sports Association (VPSSA) and the Victorian Secondary Schools' Sports Association (VSSSA) that occurred during 2009.
Through our interschool sport program, in partnership with State Sporting Associations, we provide opportunities for students to represent their school across a wide range of individual and team sports.
As a member of School Sport Australia, we provide opportunities for students to represent Victoria, under the banner of Team Vic, across various sports to compete at School Sport Australia Championships.
We deliver the Victorian Teachers' Games, a unique annual event that aims to bring the community of educators together for multiple days of sport and social activities.
Our extensive communication and social media channels inform the school sport community of participation opportunities, celebrate the achievements in school sport and demonstrate the value of sport to engaging and developing students and schools.
We work collaboratively with partners across community, state and elite sporting organisations to support the delivery of our school sport opportunities, connect school and community sport pathways for students and provide opportunities for students facing additional barriers to participate. We also work with sector partners to collaborate on ways to engage children and young people in physical activity and sport.
Our ten-year strategy, Strategic Directions 2020 to 2030, aims to provide a clear direction for School Sport Victoria to engage more Victorian students in school sport by creating more opportunities to participate and addressing future challenges.
It includes 5-year priorities and strategies for 2020 to 2025, to align with the timeframes of current Victorian Government targets across education, sport and health policies.
Read more on the School Sport Victoria Strategic Directions 2020 to 2030.
We develop young people through school sport.
We support schools to maximise opportunities for all students to play sport.
At School Sport Victoria, we enable students to PLAY sport, we champion the VALUE of school sport and we CONNECT school and community sport.
To support schools to maximise opportunities for all students to play sport our role will focus on:
School Sport Victoria provides student opportunities to play sport from local through to national levels, whilst enabling connection to community participation pathways.
You can view or download SSV's policy on competition pathways and progressions.
Join over 2300 Victorian primary and secondary member schools in accessing a wide range of school sport programs and benefits provided through School Sport Victoria.
This includes enabling your students to access the 650,000+ participation opportunities in interschool sport and over 900 opportunities to represent Victoria (Team Vic) at School Sport Australia Championships.
School Sport Victoria offers schools three levels of membership categories:
For further details of SSV membership categories, visit the SSV Membership Policy.
A detailed outline of the benefits for each membership category is outlined in the SSV Membership benefits for 2021.
Schools can apply to become a new member of SSV from 2022 by completing a SSV Membership Application Form by Wednesday, 30 June 2021.
Schools will be sent an invoice for your 2021 SSV Membership Fees in March 2021.
These are to be processed within 30 days of receipt – so that your school and students can access the range of benefits of being a member of SSV.
The School Sport Victoria Advisory Committee supports the strategic management of School Sport Victoria, including its strategic directions, key programs and stakeholder partnerships.
The School Sport Victoria Advisory Committee members are:
Megan Kerr, A/Director Statewide Services, Department of Education and Training (Chair)
Tim Argall, Executive Principal, Donvale Christian College - North Eastern school representative (Eastern Metropolitan Region, Hume Region).
Sarah Burns, Executive Principal, Somerville Secondary College - South Eastern school representative (Gippsland Region, Southern Metropolitan Region).
Tony Goodwin, Principal, Murtoa College - South Western school representative (Greater Western Region, Western Metropolitan Region).
Wayne Schultz, P-6 Physical Education and Sport and STEM Support, Roxburgh Park Primary School - North Western school representative (Loddon Mallee Region, Northern Metropolitan Region).
Jennifer McCrabb, Area Executive Director Central Highlands, South Western Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training
Ben Hartung, Senior Project Manager, Participation and Sector Development, Sport and Recreation Victoria
Michelle Barry, School Development Coordinator, Tennis Victoria
Patrick Jess, Manager – Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, Maribyrnong City Council
Petrina O'Connor, Project Director - Child & Youth Health, DET
Mark McAllion, Director, Maribyrnong Sports Academy, Maribyrnong College
Lorena Guidos, Manager - Business Partnering, Department of Education and Training
Dr Cameron Smee, Lecturer of Health and Physical Education, Federation University
Rayoni Nelson, CEO, School Sport Victoria
The Victorian School Sport Network, coordinated by School Sport Victoria, is a collaboration of key partners supporting physical activity and sport participation amongst children and young people, across school and community settings.
Read more on the Victorian School Sport Network partners and the key areas for collaboration over the period 2020 to 2022.
Further information on the School Sport Victoria Advisory Committee includes an Overview of the Committee, Terms of Reference and Role Description of the roles.
School Sport Victoria is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of ambassadors who support and advocate the importance of school sport. These include Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games medallists and ground-breaking academics – all people who have attained the pinnacle of their career. SSV is indebted to each and every one of them who volunteer their time to promote school sport in a variety of roles. Read more...