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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Winter 2018 Festive Xplorer Events

Looking to take part in a fun and festive activity?  Look no further!  

Xplorer is getting into the festive spirit with Christmas themed events across the country. An adventure for the whole family this December with a navigation challenge! Explore the park and find the festive markers!

Festive Xplorer events taking place include...

Find more Xplorer events here.

Give a Membership Gift

Join British Orienteering as an Xplorer member today! Did you know that for only £11 (adult) and £5 (child) you can join British Orienteering as an ‘Xplorer’ club member?

Joining gives you access to discounts of up to 20% off a wide variety of partners including Butlin's Holiday Club, Go Ape, YHA, Cotswold Outdoor, AA and many more, as well as access to newsletters, badge and incentive schemes, events, activities, competitions.  Find out more here. To join as an Xplorer club member, choose Xplorer as the club and BOF as the association when using the online joining process. 

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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield 2019

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the plans in 2019 for the annual Yvette Baker junior inter-club competitions.

The regional heats start on Sunday January 20th in the West Midlands with an event at Boreatton Park.  The full list of regional heats are as follows:

WMOA  

Boreatton Park, Shropshire 20th January 2019

NEOA  

Errington Woods, Cleveland 24th February 2019
SEOA Worthlodge Forest, W. Sussex 24th March 2019
EAOA  Hockley Woods, Essex  31st March 2019
SWOA  Savernake Forest (tbc), Wiltshire 7th April 2019
WOA  Cwm Lickey, Cwmbran  14th April 2019
YHOA  Mausoleum Woods & Cottagers Dale, Lincolnshire  28th April 2019
NWOA  Aitken Woods, Lancashire  11th May 2019
EMOA  Calke Abbey, Derbyshire  19th May 2019

The final will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Sandringham Country Park near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

The Yvette Baker junior competition now includes a new category for clubs with fewer juniors. The Yvette Baker Shield runs alongside the Trophy at the same event, allowing qualifying clubs to field a team of 5 or more juniors (the Trophy requires a team of 9 juniors).

To qualify for the Shield, a club must have 25 or fewer junior members in the club. The updated Rule L for the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield and the list of clubs qualifying for both Trophy and Shield competitions in 2019 can be found below.

A further update on the Yvette Baker competitions in 2019 will follow in January.

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Tweet Wednesday 12th December 2018

Tick one thing off your to do list before Christmas, book onto the 2019 Coaching conference now.

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. 

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Tweet Friday 12th January 2018

New Year...New You.

If being more active is one of your New Year's resolutions, why not try orienteering?

More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's a competitive sport with something for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas. 

The sport of orienteering offers many benefits, but its foremost attraction is that it is fun!

Here are just five health benefits of orienteering.

  • Time outdoors is great for us physiologically:
    For one it improves our Vitamin D levels. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. The Vitamin D Council says “your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight”.
  • Increased time being outdoors with nature improves people’s health and happiness:
    Increased time being outdoors with nature has been shown to significantly improve people’s health and happiness. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge, which took place in 2015 by the University of Derby involved people "doing something wild" every day for 30 consecutive days. It showed that children exposed to the natural showed increases in self-esteem. They also felt it taught them how to take risks, unleashed their creativity and gave them a chance to exercise, play, and discover. In some cases nature can significantly improve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), providing a calming influence and helping them concentrate. “Intuitively we knew that nature was good for us as humans, but the results were beyond brilliant.” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters Campaigns Manager for The Wildlife Trusts.
  • Increased cardiovascular capacity:
    Orienteering involves walking, jogging and running, often in rough terrain. All three of these activities increase aerobic capacity and cardiovascular strength.  The Department of Health in their Start Active, Stay Active report state “regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.”
  • Sharpens decision making skills:
    Orienteering offers the development of individual skills in navigating while problem solving to locate each control. Decision making is paramount: Should I go left or right? Should I climb that hill or go the long way around it? These decisions that constantly arise require thinking more than quick reactions or instinct; again, that is why orienteering is often called the thinking sport.

    Research shows even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at max efficiency. Cardio also floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Balance between the physical and the mind
    The ultimate quest for the orienteer is to find that balance between mental and physical exertion, to know how fast they can go and still be able to interpret the terrain around them and execute their route choice successfully.

Interested, but want to find more about the sport of orienteering. This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you to find out more.

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