Important information regarding sports and tournament during Covis-19.

With the country in Alert level 4 until Saturday 21st August, and Auckland/Coromandel until Wednesday 25th August, our timelines for making decisions are short, with Winter Tournament Week starting on Saturday 28th August across the country.

For clarity, no school sport is permissible at Level 3 or higher.

We will provide updates to all schools, school sport offices, and event providers as soon as we possibly can and we are working with key stakeholders as further information comes to hand.

Unfortunately, we face the real possibility of having to postpone Winter Tournament Week in its traditional format for a second year. This will be particularly tough on those senior students who missed out last year and I am mindful that our decisions over the next few days will impact on them greatly.

However, with around 30,000 students set to move around the country from next Saturday, participating in events with more than 1000 people present in some cases, ensuring our decision making is in line with the intent of the MOH and Government during a pandemic is fundamental. We have adopted a ‘play it safe’ mentality through our previous decision-making process with the mantra that school sport cannot be the vehicle for community transmission.

Ministry of Health advice can be accessed here

Sport New Zealand Alert level guidance can be accessed here

Rest assured we will provide updates as soon as we can.

Any regional school sport enquiries should be directed to your regional school sport office.

Keep safe