CSW Stakeholder Update – Vaccination Mandate for School Sport
Dear students, staff, family members, partners and supporters of College Sport Wellington,
Following the Government’s announcement that Wellington will be entering the ‘Orange’ level of the COVID Protection Framework (Traffic Light system), the Board of College Sport Wellington have confirmed that all sanctioned competitions and events in Term One 2022 will be restricted to fully vaccinated participants only. The Board also agreed that only fully vaccinated spectators (over the age of 12) will be permitted to attend College Sport Wellington sanctioned events and competitions. This decision will then be reviewed at its next meeting in mid-March, with a view to the winter season and taking into account the latest Government advice.
College Sport Wellington understands this will create difficulties for 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 the vast majority of 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 College Sport Wellington’s hands.
However, we do note that by making this decision we are now able to welcome vaccinated spectators back to our games and encourage you to support the students. The most important way to support them is to encourage their vaccination, so that no-one misses out. On that note we are very conscious that some students may not get vaccinated for a variety of reasons, and we will work with our member schools to make alternative intra-school options available to them.
In terms of the remainder of Term Four 2021, we are conscious of a small number of games that need to be completed under the Traffic Light system. In those cases, given the short notice, we will work through pragmatic solutions with the schools and council venues involved. The relevant CSW Sport Manager for those sports will be in touch shortly.
Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision and please be assured it wasn’t taken lightly. For now we need to set our sights on minimising the impact upon our students, and the best way to do that is get vaccinated.
College Sport Wellington