British Orienteering is pleased to announce that Helen Errington from Maprunner has been awarded a short-term contract to support British Orienteering’s Major Events, in particular the JK 2019 which is being held in the South Central Region from 19th – 22nd April 2019 in the Aldershot and Newbury areas.
Peter Hart, Chief Executive said:
"After a thorough and rigorous recruitment process we are delighted that Helen Errington has agreed to work with British Orienteering as their Major Events Consultant. Helen has very significant experience in organising and supporting major events in orienteering.
She has excellent event organisational experience and the drive to help us support our Major Events programme and development.
I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone with her calibre, track record and further potential. I look forward to working with her over the next few months."
The Peter Palmer Junior Relays successfully took place last weekend September 8-9th at Tankersley near Sheffield. South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) organised an excellent event, including training on Saturday, overnight accommodation for all teams and the main relay event starting in the dark at 5 am.
Winners of the three trophy categories were:
The new shorter Daybreak relay with 4 legs per team was also won by Guildford Orienteers.
The event was sponsored by Tio Mila, Sweden. Göran Reinholdsson from the Tio Mila organisation presented WCOC as the winning club with a free entry and accommodation to the Junior Tia Mila race in Sweden in April 2019.
Nick Lightfoot, the course planner from SYO, commented: “Peter Palmer was an inspirational junior leader and orienteering coach. He would have been proud to see the enthusiasm shown by all the juniors this weekend”.
See an excellent Youtube video of the event here made by Ben O’Donnell M14 and his family from DVO.
Thanks to the SYO organising team for a fantastic weekend!
The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day on Saturday 10th November 2018 in the Lake District.
The day will be planned and organised by experienced coach Derek Allison, and take place in the technical terrain of Dale Park, part of the Graythwaite Estate (as used for day 5 of the recent Lakes 5 Day). It is open to both self-organised groups of any age, led by their own qualified coaches, as well as individual adult participants coached by Derek himself. See here for further details. Pre-booking is required.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org