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Tweet Wednesday 22nd November 2017

How To Coach Young People For An Active Life

UK Coaching and Sport England have created a new animation to assist youth coaches in understanding and help young people positively change their sporting and physical activity behaviours.
Starting a new sport of physical activity or changing from inactive behaviour requires young people to go on a journey of change. Not all young people’s journeys will be easy, simple or quickly successful. Some young people will find ways to make the journey smoother and others will find the journey takes more effort and is a bumpier ride. 
Positive behaviour change can be achieved through coaches using a broad range of approaches that focus on young people as individuals, as part of a group or community or when they are in different environments. By using behaviour change strategies coaches can help and support young people to make better choices. 
Coaches can increase the likelihood of sustained positive behaviour change if they can: 

  • provide information that is easy to understand and at time when young people are likely to be responsive 
  • highlight that it is normal to take part and be active 
  • support young people to plan what to do when challenges occur 
  • help young people feel positive about the benefits of behaviours changed 
  • use simple tactics and strategies that support young people. 

Some behaviours are more resilient than others and therefore can be difficult and require a lot of effort. Changing inactive sporting or physical activity behaviours to becoming more active can be complex and therefore requires coaches and young people to keep going, persist and not to give up in developing new active behaviours and habits.

Find out more about the guidance and top tips for coaches in this short animation

New short animation
Tweet Tuesday 21st November 2017

Hill End Centre has achieved British Orienteering Recognised Centre Status

British Orienteering is delighted to announce that Hill End Centre has been accredited to their Recognised Centre scheme. 

Hill End Centre has been recognised by British Orienteering the National Governing body for the sport as providing a positive first experience of orienteering to visiting groups. End Centre is one of an increasing number of recently accredited centres awarded British Orienteering Recognised Centre status.

Amanda Warwick, Programme Tutor from Hill End Centre, said: "Hill End is located only four miles from the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, the peaceful, tranquil quality of our location is a world away from urban life. We offer visitors the opportunity to be closer to nature, with the space and time to explore and appreciate the wonders of the natural environment.

We are passionate about all learning and offer a wide range of unique educational opportunities for all peoples learning and development. Hill End welcomes many different groups including schools, corporate volunteering and away days, toddler groups and adult classes and workshops.

Hill End is delighted to achieve Recognised Centre Status as we believe that orienteering is an excellent medium through which we can deliver our core aims and objectives to the diverse types of groups that we deliver to."

Dan Riley, National Participation Manager for British Orienteering, said: “Our Recognised Centre scheme is designed to work with Outdoor Centres to understand how orienteering is used as a tool to deliver a wide variety of educational outcomes. We are pleased to recognise Hill End Centre as delivering a positive first experience of orienteering to visiting groups. Hill End have demonstrated themselves to be a dynamic organisation. Even before they achieved Recognised Centre Status they have taken it upon themselves to deliver Teaching Orienteering. Additionally, they have been supporting a project in the nearby Vale of White Horses to deliver orienteering to older adults. I am confident they will continue to contribute to raising the profile of orienteering within their sphere of influence.”

British Orienteering are also appreciative of the support given to Hill End by Ed Nicholas of Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity.

Recognised Centre Status is awarded to Outdoor Centres who can show a consistently high standard of orienteering across a range of criteria that covers orienteering delivery, staffing, resourcing as well as policies and procedures. These are examined in detail by British Orienteering advisors and accredited to outdoor centres only if they meet the standards.

British Orienteering, the National Governing Body of the sport, provide specialist advisors to help Outdoor Centres across the country to provide the highest standards in orienteering delivery.

As part of the Recognised Centre scheme, British Orienteering provides approved outdoor centres with: 

  • A Recognised Centre plaque to display at their centre which confirms that the National Governing Body of the sport of orienteering is satisfied with the standards in orienteering being delivered by the centre
  • Use of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre logo on all their correspondence
  • A high profile listing on the British Orienteering website
  • Opportunities to host British Orienteering workshops, training courses and camps
  • On-going access to a wealth of orienteering knowledge and expertise.

British Orienteering, the National Governing Body for orienteering in the United Kingdom, launched their Recognised Centre scheme in 2015. The scheme aims to raise the profile of orienteering within the outdoor industry and recognise high quality experiences being provided by centres across the country.

For more information about the scheme and how to join visit the dedicated Recognised Centre section here

Tweet Monday 20th November 2017

A great weekend of junior orienteering!

This weekend Bristol Orienteering Klub hosted the British Schools Orienteering Championships in the Forest of Dean. 

The weekend starting on Saturday 18 November with the  British Schools Orienteering Championships Weekend at the Training Activity Centre, Russell's Enclosure / Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean.  

Sunday 19 November saw the British Schools Orienteering Championships 2017 take place at New Beechenhurst also in the Forest of Dean.

Supported by the British Schools Orienteering Association and attended by youngsters from all over Britain, the event started with a rather soggy training day on Saturday at Cannop Ponds and continued on Sunday with the championship race at New Beechenhurst, right next to the Sculpture and Gruffalo Trail and Go Ape Junior.

More than 450 students came to compete in forest terrain, many with parents, other family members and even their dogs in tow to support them and enjoy being in this beautiful part of the forest.  It was a very cold start, but somehow, the organisers not only managed to pull off a very  smoothly run event, they also managed to arrange for the sun to shine!

A very friendly, supportive and competitive atmosphere all centred around the assembly and run in finish line resulted in only 1 point separating the top two Large Secondary Schools. Cockermouth School won with 17 points, Ulverston Victoria High School were second with 18 points and Torquay Boys Grammar School in third with 33 points.  While Sir John Deane’s College won the Tertiary Trophy.

Hunters Bar Juniors won the Primary School Competition; Newcomer Tormead School won the Small Secondary Schools Competition convincingly whilst St Andrews School, Pangbourne won the Middle/Prep Competition 2017.

Team work
Photo credits:  John Iddles
Photo credit:  John Iddles
Photo credit:  John Iddles
Photo credit: Ray Barnes
Photo credit:  Steve Rush
Photo credit: Steve Rush

Fast and furious running by some of the most competitve juniors determined to do their best, mixed with a rather muddy final control provided some very impressive slides to the finish line! 

A very entertaining and enjoyable day for everyone who attended, and no doubt, some of the individual results will highlight some upcoming orienteering stars of the future.

Thank you to Megan Carter-Davies from the University of Bristol Orienteering Club for joining us to present the prizes.

British Schools Orienteering Association, said:  "We were delighted to see so many children thoroughly enjoying the testing courses in the Forest of Dean on such a lovely sunny day. Many thanks to all the volunteers that made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you all next year at Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan."

Thank you to all those from Bristol Orienteering Klub and British Schools Orienteering Association who volunteered their time and effort.

Photo credit:  Ray Barnes / Steve Rush
Photo credit: John Iddles

Dates for your 2018 Diary!

Saturday 13 October 2018:
British Schools Score Championships, Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood.

Saturday 17 November 2018:
World Schools England Team selection race and training event, Tockholes, Burnley.

Sunday 18 November 2018:
British Schools Orienteering Championships, Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan.

Tweet Friday 14th July 2017

Record Breaking Day For British Team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships Long Race

Today the GB JWOC squad ran the long distance race in Särkänpera, Finland, with courses of over 10.7km for the men and 7.6km for the women. There were, once again, many strong performances from our team, with records being set along the way.

Sasha Chepelin continued his superb run of form, coming in in 7th place in a very tight race, just 7 seconds off a podium position. Sasha will no doubt be slightly frustrated with another near miss, as reflected in his post race interview, ‘I'm not actually too happy - my race was pretty scrappy and I nearly ended up doing the butterfly loop backwards. I felt a bit better after taking on some energy, but I'm not sure I used my energy that well, as I feel OK now.' However, his JWOC 2017 individual discipline positions of 7th, 5th, and 7th make him the first Brit to ever gain 3 individual top tens, showing outstanding consistency against the very top of the international scene. 

Elsewhere in the men’s race, Alex Carcas tactically retired after a mistake to focus on the relay tomorrow, and Harrison McCartney finished in 68th, after battling through from an early start, making the tracks for everyone else. Ali Masson finished in 60th after a race he described as ‘horrible, horrible, horrible’ and Nathan Lawson and Matt Fellbaum both achieved top 50s, coming in 47th and 39th respectively. 

In the women’s race, history was also made, with 3 top 20 finishes in the JWOC long race for the first time ever, with GB one of only four countries with this strength in depth (a group which notably doesn’t include Finland or Sweden). This means that the relay A team for tomorrow all ran exceptionally, with Jenny Ricketts and Fiona Bunn separated by just 6 seconds in 13th and 14th respectively, and Grace Molloy in 20th to post her second top 20 in her first ever JWOC races, following on from her 19th in the middle final. Fiona said of her first top 15, ‘I was pleased to finally get a decent result, even after a shaky start to the race. It was a tough one, but I'm very proud of the whole team's performances and super excited for the relay!!!’ 

Meanwhile, Chloe Potter ran herself to 71st place, about a minute behind Alice Rigby, who finished in 65th, with Cecilie Andersen less than 3 minutes off a top 20, finishing 34th. 

Full results are available at

Alongside Fiona, we are also excited for the relay races tomorrow, where both the Men’s and Women’s teams have real chances of a podium finish. Follow the event live from the links on the JWOC website, with the Men off at 11:30 BST and the Women next at 12:45 BST. 

Credit - David Bunn