Plans are now well advanced for the JK weekend. Course planning was finalised some time ago, and maps will be sent to the printers in the next few days. Organisers are currently working hard on sorting out the remaining organisational details, sorting out manning levels and shifts for helpers, and generally ensuring everything will run smoothly for the weekend.
We are delighted with the entry numbers, now with over 2,300 for the Middle race, not far short of that for the Long race, and heading towards 2,000 for Friday's Sprint Race. And the TrailO has seen really exceptional numbers - with nearly 150 entries on each of the two days. We are also very pleased to see lots of international entries, from a total of 23 countries, including from as far away as Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.
If you have not entered the JK yet, please do so. We will be delighted to welcome you to the South of England for what we are sure will be a memorable and enjoyable weekend of orienteering.
Entries for individuals close this Sunday, with Relay entries available until Sunday 31st. Don't miss it.
Full details at www.thejk.org.uk
Entries through www.fabian4.co.uk
British Orienteering is pleased to announce that the application process for clubs in England to apply for match funding to support their own volunteer project is open.
In support of British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer', clubs in England can apply to match their own investment in a volunteer project up to £250. For example, a club project that costs £500 can be split with £250 coming from the club and £250 from British Orienteering. Alternatively, the project may cost over £500 but the maximum that can be applied for from British Orienteering is still £250.
Watch this film and find out more here.
Clubs need to complete the application form outlining which category the funding would be used for and how the club intends to develop/ increase the number of volunteers as a result of it. The funding available is on a match funding basis and the club is expected to match or exceed the funding available from British Orienteering.
We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative ideas to get more people involved in volunteering for orienteering. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.
With the benefit of Sport England funding, we can match a club’s own investment up to the value of £250. Unfortunately, this offer is for English based clubs only as the funding is being provided by Sport England. However, we’ll be providing project ideas and news stories from across the network of clubs on the British Orienteering website which will be available for anyone to access.
Find out more:
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.
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
Two individual top 20s or one individual top 10 or one relay top 3 at the Junior World Championships in the last 3 years
Projected selection based on the results of the named races in the selection policy
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.