“Young people learning, growing, and succeeding through sport’

Paramount Principals

School Sport Canterbury is an educational organisation that uses the educative value of sport and being active to enhance the lives and learning of our young people. The educational needs of all students in our schools are paramount. Every student has the right and opportunity to participate, develop and succeed through sporting endeavour. Sport is a positive experience, irrespective of outcome. All parties engage in sport and play with respect for all involved.


There are two fundamental aims of School Sport Canterbury:

  • To increase participation and enjoyment in sport and regular physical activity of all students.
  • To provide quality sporting opportunities, competitions, and events, supporting student opportunity, endeavour, development, and school representation.


The fundamental aims of School Sport Canterbury will be achieved through the following goals:

  • Grow participation, so more students are motivated to try, enjoy and experience success through a range of quality sport and activity opportunities.
  • Champion equity and the value of all young people being engaged in sport and regular activity, regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity, or background.
  • Student focused Our programme reflect the changing needs of our rangatahi, by putting student needs at the center of decision making.
  • Inspire change by challenging how success in school sport is perceived, promoting a climate of development over a culture of performance.

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].