School Sport Canterbury is an educational organisation with educational objectives being achieved through school sports programmes

Who are we? What do we do?

Secondary school sport in Canterbury is promoted by School Sport Canterbury, the office of the Regional Sports Directors. The office serves 44 Christchurch secondary schools, 7 nearby country schools and 2 Mid Canterbury school and 7 schools on the West Coast.

The Sports Director’s Office has a major role of communication with its partner schools, their staff, coaches and students. The educational needs of young sportspeople in our schools are paramount. There are two fundamental aims of the Sports Director’s Office:

  • To increase and/or maintain participation in physical activity/sport, both in school and in the community, of secondary school students
  • To increase the performance and satisfaction of secondary school students in sport

Partner schools have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of championship events and regular competitions in addition to sport education programmes which this office organises.

Secondary school sporting events at provincial, regional, South Island and National levels are organised by this office. Christchurch is unique among New Zealand cities in that schools close at 2.30pm on Wednesdays to enable students to participate in the sports competition we organise or other sports associations organise.

Sports we offer

Participating schools have the opportunity to compete in Canterbury Secondary School Championships organised by the Regional Sports Director’s Office:

Athletics Badminton Cross Country
Equestrian  [Dressage; One Day Horse trials & Show Jumping] Golf Gymnastics
Road Race Ski and Snowboard Squash
Swimming Tennis Touch

Christchurch schools close at approximately 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoons to enable students to participate in competitions in:


Archery Bowls Cricket
Croquet [Golf] Disability Sports Dragon Boating
Futsal Golf Hockey [Summer]
Indoor Football Indoor Netball Korfball
Mountain Biking Multi Sport [Duathlon & Triathlon] Rowing
Softball Surfing Tennis
Touch Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball
Waka Ama Water Polo


Archery Badminton Basketball
Cycling Disability Sports Football
Golf Hockey Indoor Cricket
Netball Orienteering Rugby League
Rugby Union Squash Table Tennis


The Regional Sports Director’s office also organises competitions in Basketball [Friday] and Volleyball [Monday].