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British Orienteering’s Year of the Volunteer – Club Match Funding Applications Open

British Orienteering is pleased to announce that the application process for clubs in England to apply for match funding to support their own volunteer project is open.  

As a key part of the Year of the Volunteer initiative, we want to encourage clubs to launch their own projects to engage more of their members as volunteers. Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs need to do is think of a project and download and complete the application form from www.britishorienteering.org.uk/matchfunding.  

Should clubs wish to, they can also contact an England Development Officer to discuss their ideas and work out their project plan. We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative things to get more people involved in volunteering for orienteering. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.  

With the benefit of Sport England funding, we can match a club’s own investment up to the value of £250. Unfortunately, this offer is for English based clubs only as the funding is being provided by Sport England. However, we’ll be providing project ideas and news stories from across the network of clubs on the British Orienteering website which will be available for anyone to access. 

Leading the initiative British Orienteering Development Officer Peter Brooke, said:  “We wouldn’t have the sport we do today without the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers across the country. Throughout 2019 we want to celebrate volunteering and support clubs to run their own projects to encourage more of their members to volunteer. The great thing about the match funding is that it can be linked in with other projects. For example, the club may run a project to train members to run club nights which in turn will benefit their other members with regular or a series of training sessions. Or a club may want to put on a series of event organising training sessions widening the number of members who can run events relieving the pressure on other members.” 

The British Orienteering website ‘Get Involved’ section contains further information or to discuss potential ideas, contact your England Development Officer. 

 Let’s hear about your ideas, events and projects on social media use the hashtag #volunteering4orienteering on our twitter account @GBRorienteering.

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