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Tweet Friday 28th February 2020

Routegadget Webinar Announced

Do you want to know all about Routegadget? On Thursday 5 March at 7 pm, the first British Orienteering webinar of 2020 takes place and opens with a session focused on Routegadget.  

The session will hear from Simon Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) who delivered the very successful 'Understanding Purple Pen' webinar last year.  

This webinar will provide support for those using this technology and how it can be of benefit. 

With such a good tool as this, the session promises to provide some real insight and support. If you have any questions which you’d like to be included in this session, do get in touch. 

To send in your question in advance please email to Tim Herod England Development Officer:  

To register and watch the webinar either live or as a recording, follow the link below;  

Route Gadget Webinar 

Routegadget Webinar
Tweet Thursday 27th February 2020

British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships 2020

Don’t forget to enter the British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships which will be held in the southern Lake District on Saturday 9 May 2020.  

The event is being staged in conjunction with the Northern Championships which take place on Sunday 10 May 2020.

The website for the whole weekend (two days of orienteering) can be found here.   

The website for the British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships only can be found here

Entries via Fabian4 here.

Tweet Thursday 27th February 2020

Derwent Valley Orienteers set to get more schools engaged in Orienteering

Report by Natalie Weir, England Development Officer

Natalie Weir, England Development Officer, explains: 
"When Derwent Valley Orienteers knew the British Schools Score Championships were taking place on their home turf at Shipley Park in Derbyshire on October 2020 they were delighted.  The club immediately decided to use the competition as a good way to try and engage with more schools. The club has already contacted the School Sport Partnership networks and is working hard to encourage and support schools within the county to take part in this year's Championships."

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The club is targeting certain districts in the county including Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, Derby City, and Amber Valley & Erewash with the aim of engaging with 10 new schools which would essentially double the current British Schools Score Championships attendance. The club is providing a three-step offer which is called ‘Try it, Teach it, Train for it’.

Derwent Valley Orienteers new 'Try it, Teach it, Train for it' campaign provides the following three steps to schools.

Step 1: 'Try it'
This first step invites schools to come to Derwent Valley Orienteers own World Orienteering Day events which they are putting on during the International Orienteering Federations campaign taking place in May and to a range of School Sport Partnership events in the summer.

Step 2: 'Teach it'
Send interested schools three FREE session plans to give them the confidence to teach some introductory sessions to their pupils over the summer term.

Step 3: 'Train for it'
Schools that commit and enter the British Schools Score Championships will then be offered on-site coaching in the autumn term for three sessions 1-2 hours each. There is a perceived value and to cover the costs of the Derwent Valley Orienteers coaches time and efforts there will be a price that schools will have to contribute.

The club has selected different individuals to lead and liaise with the individual districts and network with those School Sport Partnerships.

Over the coming months, Derwent Valley Orienteers will try and enthuse and encourage teachers and distribute a ‘new and exciting offer for Derbyshire & Derby City Schools in 2020’ flier.

By creating a flier with the schools offer on one side and listing their Level D events on the other – the ultimate aim would be to attract new families to the club but for now, the club know that as Orienteering is such a great way for schools to get their pupils learning outside the classroom in a fun, active and inclusive way – they would be content just with getting teachers and pupils introduced to the Sport in a positive and fun way in the first instance.