Report by Tim Herod, England Development Officer
Woman and girls have recently been taking the opportunity to take part in a series of Park O events run by West Anglian Orienteering Club (WAOC).
These orienteering events aim to encourage families to come and have a taste of their first orienteering session. The club are delighted that they have gone down particular well with mums and their children. This has been due to the promotion of the events in both schools and on websites which have a large woman following. The sessions were also promoted in publications offering activities for families in the school holidays. The club have seen nearly 50% attendance by woman and girls at these sessions which is higher than the normal split at orienteering events.
The club are looking to now build on this initial work with orienteering follow up activities with all those who attended. The club intends to run over nine more sessions over 2020 offering a monthly opportunity for taking part in Park O. They are also providing follow up training sessions and other events specificially for woman and girls who want to join their club.
Find out more about West Anglian Orienteering Club's Park O Events here.
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Above photos: Source British Orienteering
Photo credits: Rob Lines (Southdowns Orienteers)
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