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Tweet Monday 9th March 2020

#11. IWD 2020: West Anglian Orienteering Club and Woman and Girls

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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As part of Women's International Day today why not find out more about the sport of Orienteering? 

Discover and Go Orienteering.  There are many ways to get involved.

  • Orienteering events and activities
    There are a number of events taking place across the UK over this weekend – find an event here.
    There are also a wide range of orienteering activities taking place across the weekend – find an activity here.  If you know which event or activity you are going to, you can always contact the Event Organiser who will happily answer any questions you might still have.
  • Find your nearest local club
    Many local orienteering clubs run regular coaching sessions, often at mid-week ‘club nights’, or on weekends.  If you want to talk about how you can experience orienteering or how you can get involved, click here to find your local club.
  • Are you currently studying at University?
    There are also University Orienteering Clubs across the UK. Find out more about universities here or access the list of University Orienteering Clubs here.

It's a big day for inspiration and change.

Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?
This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

Above photos:  Source British Orienteering

Photo credits: Rob Lines (Southdowns Orienteers)

#ThisGirlCan #IWD #ParkRun #Orienteering

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual #BigThankYou #Volunteers 

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