The goals of World Orienteering Day are about increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in school orienteering activities, as well as club orienteering activities in all countries of all National Federations. It is also about helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.
Each World Orienteering Day event gives those new to orienteering the possibility to try our amazing sport!
The dates for World Orienteering Day 2022 are between the 11th and the 17th of May, and any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.
Find out more here.
We can’t believe it! We are halfway through the Development Conference already.
This week British Orienteering was delighted to put on three more diverse sessions.
On Monday, Neil Cameron from The Orienteering Foundation presented the Retaining Beginner Orienteers session using key points from their Newcomers Retention Project. This project looked at the welcome newcomers get through club websites – how they look and how user-friendly they are for a newcomer to navigate through. The importance of knowing the demographic your club wishes to attract and putting things in place to practically extend a warm welcome was emphasised.
Supporting Club Development through the employment of a Club Development Officer was the focus on Tuesday evening. Andrew Evans opened the session by presenting how The Orienteering Foundation supports clubs through funding development initiatives. Caroline Mackenzie, from a club committee perspective, then talked about how Cleveland Orienteering Klub shaped a plan and recruited a Club Development Officer. Mary Fleming then finished the session by sharing some of the development work, including ‘Couch2Green’, she has been working on at Cleveland Orienteering Klub since her appointment. The Orienteering Foundation, with the support of British Orienteering, would love to see clubs apply for funding for future development projects.
The topic on Wednesday was Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective. We were delighted to invite Richard Burke and Leanne Sargeant from Forestry England. Richard is involved in Recreation Management and Leanne is an Ecologist, responsible for managing the issues in forests in Southern England, including the unique habitat of the New Forest. The session gave us an appreciation of the balance between encouraging recreation and ensuring Conservation and Biodiversity.
There are still four more Development Conference sessions available to book on to.
|Monday 24 January||WOC 2024 Development Opportunities||Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association|
|Thursday 27 January||Women’s Sporting Journeys||Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys|
|Tuesday 1 February||Safeguarding||Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering|
|Wednesday 2 February||Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session||Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association|
To find out more information and to register click here.
British Orienteering is proud to announce a review of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre Scheme.
This review aims to cover the process, structure, benefits, and purpose of the accreditation. The objectives are to seek insight from all stakeholders, act on the insight received and ensure compatibility with the Strategic plan 2022-2027.
British Orienteering wants to seek the views and thoughts from all outdoor centre and activity providers to help support the Recognised Centre Accreditation (the kitemark for delivering Orienteering) going forwards.
Please find the link to the online questionnaire here.
The questionnaire should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support. Your feedback is important to us.
The middle distance final today saw another fiercely fought race in another physically and technically demanding area in the Finnish forest of Viitapohja. Five British runners ran the A race, with Fiona Bunn, unfortunately, choosing to not compete, due to illness.
The highlight of the day came from Sasha Chepelin, who limited time losses in the tricky first section and made next to no errors in the second half while running at high speed, completing the section after the spectator run-through quicker than the eventual clear winner, Olli Ojanaho. Sasha was rewarded with an impressive 7th place but was excruciatingly just 2 seconds behind 5th and 1 second off a podium.
Meanwhile, Alex Carcas used his flat speed to great effect by taking a good path route choice on the long leg and finished in 30th place in his first JWOC. Harrison McCartney was let down in the first half of the race by some mistakes in tricky areas, but will, alongside Fiona, be looking to put in a good performance in the Long on Friday.
There were 2 top 25's out of 2 in the Women’s A final, with Jenny Ricketts navigating accurately and running hard through the terrain to take 24th position in a strong field. Grace Molloy backed up her 4th place in her qualifying heat, delivering an outstanding performance, despite a few errors, to finish in 19th place. This secures her first top 20 in her first JWOC final, even though, as a bottom year W18, she is the youngest member of the team and still has 3 more JWOCs left.
Full results are available here.
Tomorrow is the sprint race, which should be fast and furious in the hilly area of Pispala. Follow the team live from 08:00 BST using the JWOC 2017 website.
Credit - David Bunn