The festival period is rapidly closing in so don’t forget to tick one thing off your to-do list and book your place on the 2019 coaching conference.
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January will soon be on us, so don’t miss out on the 23rd December booking deadline.
Great advice, practical sessions and live discussions will help you start your coaching year in the best way possible.
To secure your place at the conference and to view the full agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.
Great value at only £70 for both days or £38 for one day.
All bookings must be made by 23rd December.
We know that there is an enormous amount of passion and willingness to support the reinstatement of Orienteering to the list of assessed GCSE, AS and A Level sports, and hope that you will be able to help us to achieve this.
With two weeks to go until the deadline on 20th December, British Orienteering has submitted our response to the consultation.
We have also prepared some guidelines below to assist with individual responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive and are intended to stimulate a more personal response based on your own experiences.
The more responses that are submitted via the Open Consultation, the more likely we are to be successful in our mission, so please help by spreading this message among your networks.
Once you have completed the Open Consultation we would appreciate if you would share your responses with email@example.com.
British Orienteering looking to appoint a number of volunteer support roles to work with the Senior Squad for 2019. Roles are available to support the squad to prepare for and at IOF World Cups and the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships.
A second Senior Squad Manager position is available to support the senior squad in 2019. The position will work alongside the incumbent Senior Squad Manager Ed Nicholas to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions and access appropriate training opportunities. This will be achieved by coordinating inter-squad communication and assisting athletes in identifying and communicating with clubs and coaches willing to support them.
This role is to be completed using communication tools and no expenses are available without prior arrangement.
World Cup 4
There are 2 positions available at each competition. For consistency, it is preferential that the positions are filled by the same people at both competitions. However, we will consider all offers of support.
As Team Manager you will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. You will have experience of coordinating team attendance at international competitions and be able to provide time in advance of the competition to coordinate team entries and logistics.
Team Manager Volunteer Role Description
As Technical Support Volunteer you will work with the Team Manager to support athletes, as far as possible, to deliver their best performances at the competition. You will provide coaching/mentoring support and assist with training for athletes who require it whilst at the competition.
Technical Support Volunteer Role Description
For an informal discussion about a position please contact Craig Anthony on 07342 882530 or Ed Nicholas via email firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply please submit a short statement indicating your experience in relation to the role description by Sunday 13th January to email@example.com. Potential appointees will be asked to take part in an informal telephone interview.
Yesterday saw only the second ever World Orienteering Day with thousands of participants taking part in different events and activities throughout the UK.
Lt Col Chris Huthwaite, who is Chairman of the Army Orienteering Association describes their day of action:
"The British Army Orienteering Club delivered an individual military training orienteering competition, on World Orienteering Day at Longmoor Training Area.
The orienteering map had been updated and Colin Dickson from the British Army Orienteering Club planned three excellent courses. A very technical Blue, at 6.7 km with 225 m of climb; a great Light Green at 4 km with 135 m of climb; and a Long Orange at 4.8 km with 110 m of climb. The courses were part of the Army Inter Unit Orienteering Championships, with a classic cross-country race on day 1 (Wednesday 24 May 2017 - World Orienteering Day). The Harris Competition is today on Day 2 (Thursday 25 May 2017)."
"We were blessed with a beautiful day and were fortunate to be kept cool in the glorious foliage of the training areas trees. The controller, Colin Holcombe (British Army Orienteering Club), ably assisted by Kieran Devine (Southampton orienteering Club) ensured the controls were accurately placed in the very physically demanding and technically challenging driver training area. The organiser, Captain Brett Green arranged a super assembly area, with a covered Registration (Allan Farrington EMIT UK), clothing and accessories from Ultrasport (Ian Kevan BEM); and food from Tom's Burger Van (Tom and Julie Wilkinson).
The start was within 200 m of Registration and the finish, well placed, less than 200 m in the other direction. With 305 competitors Richard and Bobby Baldwin did a sterling job, controlling the eager soldiers and civilian competitors, who took off at speed into the forest. In addition, orienteering training was arranged in the morning by Colin Metcalfe (British Army Orienteering Club), and well over 40 soldiers attended the initial 1 hour briefing on the map and skills; after which 20 plus young men and women took to the forest for a 'walk & talk' skills session.
The atmosphere in the assembly area was electric, as soldiers and civilians compared, congratulated and commiserated on their runs."
"Day 2 (today) looks set to be another exciting and challenging day. With teams of four competitors who start together and run simultaneously. It is a score event, with two sets of controls. 'Spine' controls (usually 8) must be visited by each and every member of the team; 'Other' controls (usually 30) need to be visited by only one team member; and the time of the last runner in counts."
"A great team event, relying on a Team Leader to allocate 'Other' controls to his team members. World Orienteering Day has been a huge success, with numerous World Orienteering Day shirts, hats and snoods on display. The British Army looks forward to participating in WOD 2018..!"
This is just one example of the many events and acitivities that took place during World Orienteering Day yesterday, if you would like to share your orienteering activities which you took part in on World Orienteering Day, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity of saying thank you to the British Army Orienteering Club and to Lt Col Chris Huthwaite for their contribution to World Orienteering Day 2017.
Photos: by Andy Johnson.