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Tweet Saturday 26th May 2018

SARUM Orienteering Club's New Junior Programme

The new British Orienteering youth strategy “Every Junior Matters” asks all clubs to cater for juniors and families.  

As an example, SARUM set up a new junior programme in September 2017, as featured in the original article here.  

British Orienteering decided to pay a second visit to see how the club is getting on.

Action from the Sarum Orienteering Club (SARUM), Junior Training Club Night held at Old Sarum, Salisbury.

Peter Hambleton from SARUM Orienteering Club reports: 

"Phew!  A record turnout of 22 children, 13 boys and 9 girls, which stretched the helpers a little. Many thanks to all those Mums who helped with the cat herding. Although there was quite a strong wind we did get some evening sunshine which made the first session at Old Sarum very pleasant indeed.

The exercise today was to use a map to identify controls and then to take a control kite out to a selected control and leave it secured to the feature. Children went out in pairs (mostly) and having left their kite they handed their map over to another pair who had to find and retrieve the kite. Although things got a bit rushed at times this worked out well and helped the children with how to use the map to identify features and their location on the ground.

For a final bit of fitness training a circular handicap race around the old castle site with starting position based on height. Polly led the children round and the juniors sped off in pursuit. Rose just managed to hold off Will by a couple of yards to take first place. There was just time for Shane to get the juniors to jog in line around one of the hill fort ramparts for a great photo."


Find out more and watch the video compilation of the evening’s activities here

Don't forget to turn on the speakers for some atmospheric music.

Interested to read more about the new British Orienteering youth strategy "Every Junior Matters"? 
Find out more here.