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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.

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 18th March 2019

Coaching Newcomers Live Webinar

Do you want to hear more about a club initiative in coaching newcomers to your club? If the answer is yes, join us for our next live webinar on Thursday 28th March at 7pm.

Titled Coaching newcomers, this session shares DVO's experience of running parks series and introducing new families and individuals to Orienteering. Delivered by Sal Chaffey she’ll be discussing what needs to be in place at the first event and how you might develop this to encourage newcomers into mainstream orienteering and club activities.

The session is for everyone who is looking, regardless of your experience as a coach, to support the club at coaching sessions and/ or events. Whether you’re new to this area or have been leading on this before, it’ll be great to hear your views and opinions throughout the evening.

To view the session all you need to do is follow the simple registration process prior by following the link below;

Coaching newcomers

We’ve one more live session in this block of webinars on Thursday 25th April, but if you’ve missed out on any of the other sessions, log into the repeats which will be shown as advertised below;

Date

Live or Repeat

Registration link

Tuesday 26th March

Repeat

Planning Focus – from 28th February

Tuesday 9th April

Repeat

Communication social media v traditional methods – from 14th March

Thursday 25th April

Live

Attracting and retaining juniors

 

For further information about how you could get involved and to keep an eye out for all future sessions or find links to session you may have missed (including the 2018 pilot), visit the British Orienteering webinar webpage.

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Tweet Friday 2nd March 2018

JK2018 - 1 month to go! Four days of great orienteering ahead

The West Midlands Orienteering Association welcomes you to Cannock Chase for the 51st JK competition.

There are four days of great orienteering ahead of you on areas separated by a maximum of 15 miles!

Day 1 is the SPRINT RACE on MOD Stafford, hosted by Walton Chasers OC (WCH) and Royal Signals OC (RSOC). This is a little used area and will be new to most people.

Day 2 is the MIDDLE RACE on Brereton Spurs, hosted by Octavian Droobers (OD). Last used in 2014 for the British Middles and 2015 for the Junior Inter-regional, it has been remapped for the first time using LIDAR data.

Day 3 is the LONG RACE on Beaudesert and Brereton Hayes, hosted by Potteries OC (POTOC) and Wrekin Orienteers (WRE). Beaudesert has been used over many years for top class events, the last one being the Midland Champs in 2009. The tricky terrain has been remapped for the first time using LIDAR data.

Day 4 is the RELAYS on Beaudesert, hosted by Harlequins OC (HOC) and City of Birmingham OC (COBOC). The relays will use some of the same area as the long race, but the planning will not make it easy for you!

Trail-O will also be available in close proximity to the arenas of day 1 (Temp-O) and day 3 (Pre-O). Please find some time to partake in both disciplines.

 

Andy Yeates, JK 2018 Coordinator says: 

"On behalf of the West Midlands Orienteering Association, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering 2018.

Despite the many and varied pressures and challenges my team and I have endured over the past couple of years, I believe the end result will be worth it. As we enter the final phase of preparation, the realisation that my vision of a compact four day event on some of the best terrain that the West Midlands has to offer is finally coming to fruition is very exciting. Thank you to everyone who has entered, your faith in what we are doing is appreciated.

Each day’s major officials have tried to keep to the compact philosophy resulting in parking being close to the arena each day. All the finishes are in the arenas and all but one start is situated next to the arena. 

I have tried to make sure that information has been in the public domain as early as possible and I’m still tweaking the programme to make it as complete and as accurate as I can. Version 3 will be out shortly. Any further revisions after that will be minor corrections only (I hope).

As well as the usual string course for our youngest attendees, we are demo-ing what may be a first for the UK – orienteering biathlon. Basically, this is running a short orienteering course and then shooting at targets immediately afterwards against the clock. There are no live rounds as the guns use an optical system, so it is safe for all competitors. We think this could catch on, so come and give it a try.

I hope that the four days we have lined up for your enjoyment live up to your expectations, and we look forward to seeing you over the Easter weekend."

 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Yeates (WCH) JK2018 Coordinator and all of the volunteer officials involved across all four days of this exciting competition.  Thank you for all your hard work and commitment in organising this event.  

Officials 

Coordinator

Andrew Yeates WCH
Orienteering Services Officer Dan Riley BOF
Treasurer Bob Dredge WCH
Safety Officer Eric Brown HOC
Mapping Advisor Bruce Bryant OD
Permissions (Brereton Spurs/Brereton Hayes/Beaudesert) Ian Jones WCH
Online Entries/Event Processing/Results SportIdent  
Entries Secretary (SI liaison,start lists) Diane Jacks WRE
SI Equipment Coordinator Mark Stodgell WCH
Non-SI Equipment Coordinators Lester & Judith Evans HOC
Web Site/Social Media Coordinator Andy Johnson HOC
String Course Coordinators Sarah & Carol Dredge WCH
     
Day 1 - SPRINT (MOD Stafford) Lead Club: WCH / Royal Signals
Organiser Dougie Craig WCH
Assistant Organiser Sally Calland Royal Signals
Planner Ray Collins WCH
Controller Mark Dyer BOK
IOF Advisor Mike Forrest BOK
Temp-O Graham Urquhart OD
     
     
Day 2 - MIDDLE (Brereton Spurs) Lead Club: OD
Organiser Bob Brandon OD
Planner Sue Hallett OD
Controller Dick Towler LOC
IOF Advisor Simon Thompson HOC
     
     
Day 3 - LONG (Beaudesert/Brereton Hayes) Lead Club: POTOC / WRE
Organiser Brenda Morgan POTOC
Planner Henry Morgan POTOC
Controller Mike Chopping NOR
IOF Advisor Mike Forrest BOK
Pre-O Graham Urquhart OD
     
     
Day 4 - RELAY (Beaudesert) Lead Club: HOC / COBOC
Organiser Lesley Brown HOC  
Assistant Organiser Barbara Ford HOC
Planner Andy Hemsted HOC  
Assistant Planner Barry Houghton HOC
Controller Allan Williams WCH

For more information and to keep up to date with this event, visit the JK2018 website here.  

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