Training & Support

Development Conference 2022

Information on the Virtual Development Conference - January 2022

We are pleased to showcase a variety of sessions aimed to support your club with the development of Orienteering in your area, across the whole of the UK.

The sessions will focus on four key areas:

Changing Perspectives

Creating Engaging Experiences

Strengthening Lifelong Pathways

Providing Foundations for Success

Sessions will be delivered live using GoTo Webinar and hosted by both Scottish Orienteering Association and British Orienteering Federation. 

The sessions will also be recorded and those registered will receive the recording shortly after the session. Open access to the recordings will be available at a later date in the Webinar library in the Training & Support section of the British Orienteering Website. 

Each session is highlighted below and the agenda is also available via PDF download. 

Week 1

 

Monday 10 January

19:30

Fully Booked -Additional session on Wednesday 2 February 19:30 (provisional date)

Engaging and retaining young people

 

Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

The workshop will explore the various pathways that can be used to engage and retain juniors and young people including:

Non-performance-based approaches such as club coaching, STAR awards, area teams, juniors planning and organising workshops and opportunities, Young Leaders Award.

Performance options - via selective squads.

 

Wednesday 12 January

19:30

Sorry, due to unforeseen circumstances this session has had to be cancelled.

Using Sport England data to guide club publicity

 

Presenter: Mike Shires, Thames Valley Orienteering

A practical session to help clubs use a wealth of data from Sport England, identifying who in your area is most likely to want to go orienteering, and how to attract them. Mike will also present a "quick fix", for those clubs who do not have the time/resources to look at the data in detail and provide publicity ideas that can be used for clubs anywhere in the UK.

 

Thursday 13 January

19:30

Sorry Fully Booked

Creating a whole club experience

 

Presenter: Pauline Tryner, SYO

In this session we will be looking at what makes a successful club which is more than just putting on quality events.

Week 2

 

Monday 17 January

19:30

 

Retaining beginner orienteers

 

Presenter: Neil Cameron, The Orienteering Foundation

Neil will present the key points from the Orienteering Foundation’s newcomer retention project, including Good Practice recommendations; results from a survey of club websites’ beginner/newcomer content; and the findings of three “mystery visits” made by beginners to club events.

 

Tuesday 18 January

19:30

 

Supporting club development through the employment of a Club Development Officer

 

Presenters: Andrew Evans, The Orienteering Foundation and Caroline Mackenzie and Mary Fleming from Cleveland Orienteering Klub

Andrew would like to explain the help the Orienteering Foundation can offer to support club development; an example of this is the employment of a Club Development Officer (CDO). We will look at CLOK as a case study, Caroline will explain how the club came about shaping a plan and recruiting a CDO, and Mary will set out the ideas and programmes she has recently been involved with. 

 

Wednesday 19 January

19:30

 

Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective

 

Presenters: Leanne Sargeant and Richard Burke, Forestry England

This session will allow clubs the opportunity to look at and understand the land and access issues from the perspective of a landowner and ecologist; in particular the special qualities of the New Forest. It will also look at how Forestry England is planning on managing recreation in the future which will hopefully advise clubs on future event applications.

Week 3

 

Monday 24 January

19:30

 

WOC 2024 Development Opportunities

 

Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association

The workshop will explore ideas for using WOC 2024 as a platform around which to create some specific lead-in opportunities for new participation in orienteering, especially for young people and in a sprint (urban park) setting.

Feedback and input will be sought from clubs and members in relation to some specific ideas that will be outlined ahead of the workshop.

 

Thursday 27 January

19:30

 

Women’s Sporting Journeys

 

Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys

Hannah wishes to share with you the ‘Women’s Sporting Journeys: How to keep women engaged in sport throughout their lives’ report.

 

With a specific focus on Orienteering, we will look at how women’s experiences change through their life stages and identify opportunities to help more women enjoy a longer and more connected sporting journey.

Week 4

 

Tuesday 1 February

19:30

Register here.

Safeguarding

 

Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering

This is an opportunity for clubs to look at this area of their governance to ensure there is a sure foundation for the club to be a safe place for its members.

 

Wednesday 2 February

19:30

Sorry booking closed.

Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session

 

Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

The workshop will explore the various pathways that can be used to engage and retain juniors and young people including:

Non-performance-based approaches such as club coaching, STAR awards, area teams, juniors planning and organising workshops and opportunities, Young Leaders Award.

Performance options - via selective squads.

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