Stakeholder Update – COVID Protection Framework and Vaccination Mandate for School Sport

3 December 2021

Following the Government’s announcement that Canterbury and the West Coast will be entering the ‘Orange’ level of the COVID Protection Framework (Traffic Light system), the Management Committee of School Sport Canterbury have confirmed that all sanctioned competitions and events in Term One 2022 will be restricted to fully vaccinated participants only.  This decision will then be reviewed at its next meeting in term one, with a view to the winter season and taking into account the latest Government advice.

School Sport Canterbury understands this will create some additional challenges for schools, some students and their parents.  However, it is nonetheless necessary to ensure the 2022 sporting calendar can proceed with the least disruption and in the safest possible way.  As per the COVID Protection Framework, the outlined gathering restrictions mean that many events and competitions simply cannot proceed if Vaccination Certificates are not being checked.  The gathering limits at Orange and Red, in particular, become too restrictive for viable sports events to take place.  Further, with Council venues preparing to require vaccination certificates, it means that for many of our students the decision is already out of School Sport Canterbury’s hands.

Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision and please be assured it was not taken lightly.

Ngā mihi

School Sport Canterbury