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Tweet Thursday 16th July 2020

Return to Orienteering Guidance for the UK

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly and within the relevant Government guidance.

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the Government guidelines and regulations.

British Orienteering has developed a dedicated webpage here

On this webpage the guidance for each of the nations will be updated accordingly as further announcements by local or national Governments are made.

Latest Guidance:

All guidance is subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by local or national Governments.

England

Full club guidance England 13 July 2020

Wales

Full club guidance Wales 15 July 2020

Northern Ireland

Full club guidance NI 14 July 2020

Scotland

SOA event guidance 15 July 2020

SOA COVID 19 Risk Assessment phase 3

Scottish Orienteering reactivation phase 3

This webpage also includes links to key documents and information to support clubs and participants in delivering safe orienteering and includes the following support resources:

 

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Tweet Monday 10th August 2020

Selection Race Update - Entries are now open!

Having spent much of the past three days working on the final details, we can announce that we will be holding the Selection Race Weekend on 28th-30th August in the Southern Lakes.

The race programme will comprise a Sprint in Windermere on Friday (28 August) late afternoon (starts from approximately 4.30pm - 6pm), a Long on Saturday afternoon (29 August) and a Middle on Sunday morning (30 August), with both forest races being held on the Graythwaite Estate. Both of these areas are now under embargo until the conclusion of the race weekend.

Entries are now open via SiEntries here.

Selection Race Weekend

The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday 23rd August.

All races will be seeded in accordance with British Orienteering rules and start times based on this process. The details of the race specifics are currently being worked on by the team of organisers, planners and controllers and we hope that provisional details will be published soon.

We will also ensure that all racing will comply with the latest covid-secure guidelines. If athletes are unable to attend the racing weekend for fitness, personal or COVID related reasons, they should contact Paul Murgatroyd (pmurgatroyd@britishorienteering.org.uk) and outline their situation, so that this can be considered by the selection panel.

The races will be used to select for EJOC and the Talent Assessment camp/squad and the final selection policy documents related to this are being worked on currently and should be up on the British Orienteering website by the end of this week.

Paul Murgatroyd
Head Coach for Talent
British Orienteering

 

EYOC and Junior European Championships Update
Previous news article can be found here.

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Tweet Monday 10th August 2020

British Orienteering 2020 Virtual Annual General Meeting Update

Minutes of the 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date:  Saturday 1st August 2020 at 17:00

First ever virtual AGM run under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

636 votes were submitted via Mi Voice which represent 8.8% of the voting membership.

 

Key Outcomes:

  • Membership Period for New Members
    The Membership period for new members from 2 August 2020 until 31 December which was approved by the meeting.
  • Elections

    President
    Sir Chris Bonington CBE was re-appointed as President.

    Directors
    Pauline Tryner (SYO) was elected for a two-year term on the Board of Directors.
    Duncan Birtwistle (OD) was elected for a three-year Term on the Board.
    Ruth Beale (SN) was re-elected for a second term on the Board.
  • Special mentions were made to:
    Judith Holt on the completion of her third term on the Board of Directors which included a number of different roles including Chair.
    Ed Nicolas, who resigned as Manager of the Senior Team.
    Craig Anthony who is now Chief Executive of British Wrestling.

The Full Minutes from the 39th Annual General Meeting can be found here

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Tweet Friday 10th November 2017

British Orienteering Performance Programme 2018

By Craig Anthony
For 2018 British Orienteering will be implementing significant changes to the Performance Programme. These changes are intended to build a sustainable programme in which aims to maximise athlete potential to win medals. We value greatly the commitment that volunteers contribute to the programme however we recognise it is unrealistic to expect volunteers to replicate the roles of staff who used to be employed full time and part time in the programme. There is a need to develop a programme which can operate effectively with potentially changing personnel. In recognition of the financial burden placed on our international athletes, we wish to use most of the available funds to directly support athletes. The approach outlined below was developed with support from the Talent and Performance Steering Group and is intended to balance providing financial support to those selected for competition and those individuals with medal-winning potential.

Senior Squad

British Orienteering will identify a senior squad for the coming season in the Autumn of the previous year. The squad will be selected by the Selection Panel using the following criteria.

Athletes selected to the squad will be a senior in the following season and fulfill at least one of the criterion identified below:

Selected to represent GB at World Orienteering Championships or World Cups the past season
OR
Two individual top 20s or one individual top 10 or one relay top 3 at the Junior World Championships in the last 3 years
OR
Projected selection based on the results of the named races in the selection policy

Athlete Awards

In addition to the senior squad, British Orienteering will invest funds directly into potential medal-winning athletes using a system of athlete awards. The Selection Panel will be responsible for selecting the recipients of these awards. These awards will recognise both individual and relay medal chances. Athletes considered to have individual medal chances will receive a higher award than those athletes considered to be critical to relay medal chances on a ratio of 2:1 based on available funds. No athlete will receive both awards. The criteria below will be used for selecting recipients. The criteria indicate a minimum level of achievement and the selection panel will make the final decision.

Individual Podium

Athletes who have achieved a top 6 individual position at World Orienteering Championship or World Cup in the past 2 years. The panel believes these athletes represent the best opportunity for an individual British medal success in the next 2 years.

Relay Podium

Athletes who have achieved a top 4 relay position at World Orienteering Championship or World Cup in the past 2 years. The selection panel believes these athletes are likely to be serious contenders for relay medal success in the next 2 years.

The following process will be implemented:

  • British Orienteering confirms budget for athlete awards in September
  • Athletes selected by Selection Panel in Autumn for an award to be made in January of the following year
  • Athletes notified of award and accept by supplying their performance plan for the year
  • British Orienteering announces award recipients and distributes funds directly to the athletes

In 2018 this will be a one-year fund commencing on 1st January. The intention is that from 2019 athletes will be identified on a WOC cycle, i.e. every two years with funding paid in January each year. However, this will be reviewed during the first year of implementation and regularly following this to ensure the process and timescales are appropriate.

Competition

British Orienteering will continue to make selections for all competitions where Great Britain are represented. For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will cover the following costs:

  • IOF Athlete license
  • Event accreditation
  • Event entry fees

Athletes will be required to fund all remaining costs including travel and accommodation.

For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will identify a volunteer Team Manager. This role will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. This includes providing the following functions for all team members:

  • Booking and organising accommodation
  • Booking and organising internal travel
  • Coordinating external travel
  • Organising entries
  • Acting as team manager and liaising with competition organisers
  • Competition based selection decisions (this may be delegated to the Technical position where attending)
  • Organising media reports at competitions
  • Logistics coordination at competitions including internal travel, food, and training

Athletes wishing not to utilise any or all this service will need to liaise directly with the Team Manager to clarify what support they would like and if this will be available within the team logistics. Where necessary British Orienteering will process payments for team logistics on behalf of athletes and claim funds back via invoice.

In addition, at World Cup 1 and World Orienteering Championships British Orienteering will recruit two additional support volunteers.

Technical – This role will provide coaching/mentoring for athletes that want it whilst at the competition as well as support training and logistics. They will have a knowledge and experience of international orienteering as either an athlete or coach.

Medical - this role will provide medical advice and support to the team whilst at the competition as well as support training and logistics. They will have a qualification in physiotherapy or medicine as well as a knowledge and experience of international orienteering as either an athlete, coach or support team.

British Orienteering will pay expenses for the volunteer support team identified for each competition. This will include travel, accommodation, and sustenance specifically related to the competition.

Squad Support

In addition to the support for competition listed above British Orienteering will identify a volunteer Squad Manager to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions, access appropriate training opportunities and identify support services that they may require. It is expected that this position is fulfilled using the phone and electronic communications with any face to face communication coordinated to fit with personal travel.

Role descriptions for all 4 voluntary positions are available below.

 

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