We know that there is an enormous amount of passion and willingness to support the reinstatement of Orienteering to the list of assessed GCSE, AS and A Level sports, and hope that you will be able to help us to achieve this.
With two weeks to go until the deadline on 20th December, British Orienteering has submitted our response to the consultation.
We have also prepared some guidelines below to assist with individual responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive and are intended to stimulate a more personal response based on your own experiences.
The more responses that are submitted via the Open Consultation, the more likely we are to be successful in our mission, so please help by spreading this message among your networks.
Once you have completed the Open Consultation we would appreciate if you would share your responses with firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Orienteering looking to appoint a number of volunteer support roles to work with the Senior Squad for 2019. Roles are available to support the squad to prepare for and at IOF World Cups and the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships.
A second Senior Squad Manager position is available to support the senior squad in 2019. The position will work alongside the incumbent Senior Squad Manager Ed Nicholas to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions and access appropriate training opportunities. This will be achieved by coordinating inter-squad communication and assisting athletes in identifying and communicating with clubs and coaches willing to support them.
This role is to be completed using communication tools and no expenses are available without prior arrangement.
World Cup 4
There are 2 positions available at each competition. For consistency, it is preferential that the positions are filled by the same people at both competitions. However, we will consider all offers of support.
As Team Manager you will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. You will have experience of coordinating team attendance at international competitions and be able to provide time in advance of the competition to coordinate team entries and logistics.
Team Manager Volunteer Role Description
As Technical Support Volunteer you will work with the Team Manager to support athletes, as far as possible, to deliver their best performances at the competition. You will provide coaching/mentoring support and assist with training for athletes who require it whilst at the competition.
Technical Support Volunteer Role Description
For an informal discussion about a position please contact Craig Anthony on 07342 882530 or Ed Nicholas via email email@example.com. To apply please submit a short statement indicating your experience in relation to the role description by Sunday 13th January to firstname.lastname@example.org. Potential appointees will be asked to take part in an informal telephone interview.
British Orienteering is proud to support the Sport and Recreation Alliance #RightToBeActive campaign, which asks all of society to join the call for the government to embed the fundamental right of all children to be active into policy, regulations and legislation.
The campaign aims to place a child’s right to be active on the same footing as their rights to education, shelter and nutrition. The benefits of being physically active are huge. However, shifts in society can mean that children don’t have the same exercise habits as previous generations.
Britain is not active enough. We are the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation.
Statistics show that:
Sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier.
What needs to happen?
Join the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s call for the government to give every child the fundamental #RightToBeActive by:
Help spread the word about this important initiative by simply signing the Alliance’s petition (https://bit.ly/2xIaR9v) and sharing it with others to help the Sport & Recreation Alliance reach its initial target of 10,000 signatures.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that every child has the fundamental #RightToBeActive. The problem of inactivity among our children and young people is far-reaching and we must work together to solve this crisis. The Alliance is calling on government, the sport sector, schools, communities, families and the public to show that they will not allow this to continue.
Since the petition was created it has gained over 1500 signatures from people who are ready to see a change. However, Sport and Recreation Alliance still need more support to reach their 2500 signature goal.
Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can make a stand and provide a better, healthier future for children across the UK.
For more information about the #RightToBeActive campaign, including how you can get further involved, please head to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.
The ‘Peak Raid 3’ series of events have been held each autumn/winter for the past 4 years and over that time they have grown in popularity. The events follow a simple format of a 3-hour score format with 15 controls totalling 500 points, which has enabled all abilities to enjoy the challenge of testing themselves technically and physically in some of the wildest and remotest parts of the Peak District.
One of the events unique selling points (USP’s) are the specially produced maps which are made by award-winning mappers Peel Land Surveys. The maps follow a ‘standard’ mountain marathon format familiar with people who have taken part in Karrimor International Mountain Marathons (now the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) but as they are a large scale at 1:25,000 they contain the type of detail you might expect on an orienteering map. This has enabled the planners to fairly position controls off trail in more complex terrain and has been greatly enjoyed by seasoned orienteers and fell runners alike.
It’s this unique combination of quality mapping and planning, set in a wonderful Peak District setting, which has made them popular not only with fell runners and orienteers but also triathletes, mountaineers, traditional runners and complete novices.
The course planning has also been a critical part of the events appeal with control points carefully positioned across the terrain to provide a rewarding challenge to both elite competitors and those of a more average ability.
The score format enables people of all abilities to do as much or as little as they like and this coupled with the fact that people can take part in pairs, has made them appealing to people wishing to take up navigation events. So much so that there is an increasing number of our competitors who have enjoyed Peak Raid 3 trying out traditional orienteering.
Sue Richmond’s Peak Raid story is a great example of their appeal.
Sue Richmond is now one of the most successful competitors having won the overall women’s title in 2017 and now also appears at mainstream orienteering events.
The men’s competition has been dominated by former international orienteer Richard Robinson from Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC), who over the seasons has been the only person to gain maximum 500 points at an event. 2017 proved a different script with Philip Vokes from Loughborough University Orienteering Club (LUOC) providing stiff competition and eventually coming out on top to take the 2017 title.
One final piece of the jigsaw for the success of Peak Raid 3 has been the small group of volunteers and sponsors who as a team have delivered quality and friendly events. The same group, of about half a dozen, volunteer at all the events, which builds comradery and leads to a sense of ownership in the ‘product’.
Photo (above left): Anna Darlington and Helena Burrows finishing strongly.
Photo (above right): Map sample.
Photo above (left): Snowy conditions at the final event.
Photo above (right): Taking time to plan your route is time well spent .
Photo above: Series winner Philip Vokes (centre) with sponsors Jim Moseley, Cargo2go (left) and Debbie Smith, Accelerate (right).
The 2018 season kicks off in September.
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