CSW Stakeholder Update – Covid-19, 1 September 2021

Dear students, staff, family members, partners and supporters of College Sport Wellington,

We hope you are all well and enjoying slightly more freedom today.  Following the Government’s announcement on Monday evening, we believe we are now in a position to provide more detail around the resumption of secondary school sport and more specifically completion of the winter season.

Firstly we want to emphasise that we are approaching the resumption of school sport in a safe and planned manner.  Furthermore, our priority are the students and ensuring their fixtures can proceed in accordance with the Alert Level 2 guidelines.  This will mean that no spectators are permitted at College Sport Wellington fixtures, while under Alert Level 2.  This is particularly important given we are heading into the semi-final and final stages of various competitions, where we can naturally expect gatherings of more than 100 people.  We want to ensure our secondary school staff and most importantly volunteers are not stretched beyond capacity as they work to complete the season for the students.  So we are asking supporters to do their part and help lighten the workload for schools, by staying away from fixtures.  We are also conscious that any updated Alert level 2 guidance from the government is likely to be more stringent and not less.  The ‘No Spectators’ policy therefore gives us peace of mind in our planning, if gathering restrictions become tighter.  Over the coming weeks we will work with schools and 3rd party providers to look at livestreaming alternatives for supporters.  We cannot guarantee this will cover all fixtures, but we will all do our best.

In order to provide certainty and a degree of finality for the winter competitions, CSW will look to have all current competitions completed no later than Sunday, September 26.  We will avoid using the last week of Term Three for winter sport, so there is space for summer sports to conduct trials etc.  If the Alert Level 2 start date (currently advised as Wednesday, September 8) gets pushed back and cuts across various semi-finals or round robin games, we will then be forced to make decisions on who makes it through to the finals (and if finals will go ahead).  Additionally, as a general rule of thumb we are only looking to play semi’s/finals and complete round robin games where necessary.  This means we won’t be pursuing lower playoff games i.e. 5th vs 6th.

With that in mind, please see below a summary for each sport and the timeframes we are working towards.

    • RSSL Netball
      • 20 September – Div 1, 2 & 3 Finals only plus Div 1 playoff for 7 & 8
    • Dynasty Sport Junior Basketball
      • 14 September – Unplayed semi-finals from 17 August (deferred due to due to road issues to & from Kapiti)
      • 21 September – Finals
    • Dynasty Sport Senior Basketball
      • 17 September – semi-finals
      • 17 September Girls Div 1 Final
      • 17 September Boys Div 6 Final
      • 24 September – Finals
    • FUJIFILM Girls Football
      • 14 September – Regional Junior Final
      • 15 September – Premier 1 round robin (from 18 August)
      • 15 September – Premier 2 semi-finals only
      • 15 September – Zone Div 2 playoff & HV Div 2 Final
      • 22 September – Premier 1 & 2 Finals & Division 2 Regional Final
    • FUJIFILM Junior Boys Football
      • 18 September – Semi-finals only
      • 25 September – Finals
    • FUJIFILM Youth Boys Football
      • 18 September – Premier & Premier Reserve round robin, including bottom 4 games (from 21 August)
      • 18 September – Youth Division 1 Final
      • 18 September – Youth Division 2 to 6 semi-finals only, Youth Division 7 round robin
      • 23 September – Prem Youth Final
      • 25 September – Grade Finals
    • Swimming
      • Huia cup relays – 22 September (requires Level 1 to proceed)
    • Tranzit Coachlines Boys Rugby
      • 18 or 25 September – Boys Grade Finals
      • 19 or 24 September – Boys Premiership final
    • Tranzit Coachlines Girls Rugby
      • 15 or 22 September
    • Ultimate
      • Final three rounds on September 15, 22, & 29 September
    • Squash Champs
      • 21 or 23 September TBC
    • Badminton Finals
      • 24 September
    • Ki o Rahi
      • Senior Tournament postponed till 21 October
      • Hutt Valley weekly competition cancelled
    • Skateboard Champs
      • Cancelled for 2021
    • AWD Programme
      • Indoor Bowls Tournament  – revised date TBC
      • Basketball – final two rounds pencilled in for 15 and 22 September
      • SONZ Have a Go Day – TBC
    • Rugby League
      • Needs to be at Alert Level 1 to proceed – dates TBC

We thank you in advance for your support of the schools as they look to get sport going again.

The CSW Team