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Tweet Wednesday 20th March 2019

Participant Satisfaction Survey

In 2018 British Orienteering established a feedback programme to gather insight into the participant experience at local and regional events.

The Participant Satisfaction Survey was rolled out to develop an understanding of overall satisfaction and identify participant-focused development opportunities.

We would like to thank the 421 participants took the time to feedback their views and to the 7 clubs that have been working with us on this project.

We are delighted to find that;

  • 95% of respondents indicated that “Overall the event met [their] expectations”
  • 95% of respondents say they “would recommend the event to family and friends”
  • 92% of respondents are very likely to take part in further orienteering events.
Participant Satisfaction Survey

The feedback has also helped us identify several ways we can improve the events and we are now working with the clubs involved in several development areas, including:

  • Communicating Event Information
  • Growing Event Participation
  • Gathering Specific Insight.

Clubs who are interested in better understanding the participant experience at their events are invited to get involved in this programme. We are extending this insight work to a further 6 clubs, who will benefit from event-specific reports as well as overall club reports highlighting successes and providing actionable development recommendations.

The full report infographic can be found here.

For more information please email Rayan Sammut, Competitions Officer: rsammut@britishorienteering.org.uk or call 07442 493149.

 

Footnote:  

2018 Participating Clubs: Berkshire Orienteers (BKO); Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK); City of Birmingham Orienteering Club (COBOC); Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK); Eborienteers (EBOR); Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI); Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC). 

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Tweet Tuesday 19th March 2019

International Women’s Day Celebrations with NI Orienteering

 

Female Sports Forum

On Saturday 9th March the Female Sports Forum attended Lagan Valley Orienteers Spring Cup 2 at Woodvale Forest to learn more about the sport and opportunities available to get involved. They had a go at a yellow course while capturing footage of the participants to showcase what we are about. The video can be viewed here.

Tollymore Orienteers

Tollymore Orienteers were delighted to be asked to host family orienteering sessions at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre’s International Women’s Day celebrations. There were 3 sessions and 2 courses available on the day and a great mix of familiar orienteers and newcomers. This was a great chance for local people to give the sport a go and learn more about the hub and what will be on offer over the summer.

 Juls Hanvey, Active Clubs Coordinator (Northern Ireland), says:
“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate this special day over the weekend. A special mention should go to Emma from the Female Sport Forum and Caoimhe at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre for working alongside us and providing these opportunities to share the sport and what we have to offer.”

 

Northern Ireland Orienteering took part
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Tweet Monday 18th March 2019

Calling All English Orienteering Clubs!

FINAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2019 is British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer' – Club Match Funding Applications are still open for a few more days only!  Don't delay in getting your application in as the deadline is fast approaching...this Friday 22 March 2019. 

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.

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.

Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs need to do is think of a project and download and complete the application form from www.britishorienteering.org.uk/matchfunding.

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.

Don't delay....if you haven't done so already, get your application downloaded and apply today.
www.britishorienteering.org.uk/matchfunding

Closing date for all applications is this Friday 22 March 2019.

#volunteering4orienteering

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Tweet Monday 12th March 2018

Peak Raid 3

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.

Helena Burrows from Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) commented:  ”Control point scores cleverly allocated so that even us slower, older people can still get a reasonable score in the time.  We’ve been to some lovely parts of the Peak District with these events over the last 4 years”.

 

 

 

 

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. 

I really like the simplicity of the Peak Raids. They're brilliant events and you should definitely do more of them! In fact, it's indirectly entirely your fault that I got properly back into running and navigation type events again after a long absence. I'd started doing a bit of running in the summer of 2014 and then one day I got the train over to Edale to walk home and quite by chance it turned out to be the day of the 2014 Edale Peak Raid. I saw all these runners with maps, and I've always liked maps, so when I got home I googled the name I'd seen on their numbers. The event looked like fun, but 3 hours sounded a bit long, so it encouraged me to do some more training and to join Pennine in the hope of finding some like-minded people who might give me a lift to the 2015 events. That went well!"  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For more information visit here.

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