Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year. As part of our celebrations, we are introducing a new event in an exciting format.
The Sunset and Beyond Relay pits teams of six against each other in a parkland and urban setting.
The early runners will start in daylight then, as the sun sets, later runners will compete in the dark.
Each team will have at least two female runners and be restricted to an age and gender maximum handicap. The competition will be tight with lots of head-to-head running helped by mini-mass starts just a few minutes later than the expected winning time for the previous leg.
You get the excitement of the Harvester in a four to five-hour event!
For more information visit Southampton Orienteering Club's website here.
2017 VOLUNTEER AND CLUB AWARDS
Club of the Year Award | University Club of the Year Award | Young Volunteer of the Year Award | SILVA Award | Coach of the Year Award
Deadline extended to Friday 23 February 2018.
Full details and nomination forms are available at www.britishorienteering.org.uk/awards.
Successful volunteer consultation concludes.
British Orienteering wishes to pass on it’s thanks to all those who have contributed so far during the volunteer consultation on the member's forum or via email that took place throughout January.
Volunteer strategy lead Peter Brooke commented: “The feedback received has been invaluable and very constructive. We’re now working through all the contributions and moving into the next phase, investigating some areas further and consolidating our approach.”
Peter added: “If you’ve not had a chance to send your thoughts on volunteering there’s still time. A key focus of this strategy is that it is always under review and moving with the needs of the members. I’m more than happy to receive emails or speak on the phone”
Should you have any thoughts on volunteer recruitment and development, simply contact Peter Brooke. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07540 150963.
Celebrating Orienteering Coaches
In the next of our series celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes, we look at those who provide the guidance and support to help everyone improve and achieve their potential, our coaches.
What inspired them to become a coach?
How do they adapt to different ages and skill sets and what does the future look like for maximising coaching for club members?
Peter Brooke British Orienteering’s Development Officer contacted Neil Harvatt, a Coach of the Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club to try and find out more.
Like many people in roles across clubs, Neil almost fell into the role when Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club (HALO) needed a new coach. Coupled with retirement, a desire to help others whilst improving his own personal skills and simply doing more orienteering, everything fell into place and he’s not looked back.
Neil commented: “Running HALO’s club nights in Beverley, alongside my coaching in schools are particular highlights. I like seeing everyone’s enjoyment as they pick up new skills and then being asked back and into other schools gives me great personal satisfaction.”
As in any sport, coaching is never easy with such wide-ranging abilities of individuals in every club, but it’s a challenge Neil thrives on and his passion is evident throughout our chat.
Neil added: “It’s not easy, but it’s important to keep a balanced approach, building on the desires and current skills of our club members. During club nights I always try and focus on core skill activities whilst pairing up members with different levels of experience to help everyone learn from each other.”
Whilst the principles of the sport are the same, coaching continues to evolve and improve thanks to a dedicated network across the country. From a personal point of view, Neil highlighted how becoming a coach helped him to improve his own orienteering skills along with the satisfaction he gets from others simply saying thank you.
Neil concluded: “It’s not about being perfect or even the best orienteer, no one does a course and becomes a good coach overnight. It’s how you listen to and work with orienteers for their benefit that will improve you. Anyone can do it.”.
Simply 'Log in' to the member's section of the British Orienteering website and click the 'Get Involved' tab and click on Volunteering. Click on the link of the 'Volunteer awards' to access the award categories and download the nomination forms. It is really easy to do. Just follow the link and get nominating.
Additionally, if you have ideas you want to share on how we can improve volunteering within the sport we’ll be very happy to hear from you. Email: email@example.com