CSW Stakeholder Update, 11 March – Changes to Vaccination Requirement for School Sport

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

Please find below updated guidance from Sport New Zealand in respect of the vaccination status of students playing school sport.  In line with this new advice, we will now with work with our sport partners and Councils to update the rules for CSW sanctioned events and competitions for the remainder of Term One and beyond.

Thank you all for your continued support of secondary school sport and best wishes for the remainder of the school sport calendar.

“Changes to school sport come into force through the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Order from 11.59pm Saturday 12 March 2022.

All children and young people, regardless of their vaccination status, can participate in school-organised teams and groups, or as an individual representing the school in a competition or event. This applies whether on or off the school site, and to registered schools only.

School organised teams, groups and individuals are to be treated as if they are vaccinated and cannot be required to show a My Vaccine Pass. This means the capacity limits for vaccinated students are applied when sport takes place out of school hours, or off school grounds.

Supporting staff, including coaches, managers, teachers and parent volunteers continue to be required to be vaccinated. This includes student coaches both when they coach teams from their own school, and those from other schools. They will still be required to show a My Vaccine Pass if the external venue or facility requires.

Sport NZ has updated their School Sport guidance which can be found here.

The Ministry of Education will provide an update through their bulletin and DIA will provide guidance for Local Authorities.

Other organisations will also need to update their policies and websites as a result of this change.

Please refer to our FAQs in the first instance or if you have further queries then contact us at Covid covid19response@sportnz.org.nz.”


The full Sport New Zealand sector update (11 March) can be found here.

Kind Regards,
College Sport Wellington