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Tweet Friday 7th December 2018

GCSE, AS and A Level Orienteering: A Guide To Completing The Open Consultation

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.

Guide To Completing the Open Consultation

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.

Respond To The Open Consultation 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER

Once you have completed the Open Consultation we would appreciate if you would share your responses with canthony@britishorienteering.org.uk.

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Tweet Thursday 6th December 2018

2019 Senior Squad Support Roles Available

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. 

Senior Squad Manager

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.

Senior Squad Manager Role Description

This role is to be completed using communication tools and no expenses are available without prior arrangement.

Competitions

World Cup 1


Helsinki, Finland
8th – 11th June

Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championship

Ostfold, Norway
13th – 17th August

World Cup 3


Laufen, Switzerland
27th – 29th September

World Cup 4


Guangzhou, China
26th – 29th October

Competition Roles

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.

Team Manager
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

Technical Support
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 enicholas@britishorienteering.org.uk. To apply please submit a short statement indicating your experience in relation to the role description by Sunday 13th January to canthony@britishorienteering.org.uk. Potential appointees will be asked to take part in an informal telephone interview.

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Tweet Thursday 6th December 2018

British Orienteering supports campaign for children's #righttobeactive

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.

Click here to sign the petition now to show your support

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.

#RightToBeActive Campaign

Statistics show that:

  • 80% of girls and 77% of boys are not active enough to stay healthy;
  • 20% of children are obese by the end of primary school;
  • 93% of children say they like being active but we are failing to use physical activity to improve their health.

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:

  • Establishing a new law requiring councils to provide all children with the opportunity to be active and to coordinate and promote physical activity across everything they do;
  • Creating a long-term, properly funded and child-focussed strategy to transform the physical and mental wellbeing of our children;
  • Introducing new legislation to make it a requirement for government ministers and public bodies to put the United Nations Rights of the Child, the right to play and lead a healthy life, at the heart of decision making.

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.

To sign the petition - click here

For more information about the #RightToBeActive campaign, including how you can get further involved, please head to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.

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Tweet Friday 9th March 2018

Badaguish Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp: Training Diary by Alice Wilson (Clydeside Orienteers)

Training Camp Diary by Alice Wilson

Club: Clydeside Orienteers

Age Class: W16

Badaguish British Orienteering Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp. 

The focus of this final training camp before the racing the season begins was to put together the orienteering techniques that we had worked on in detail during our previous weekend camps and practice them under race conditions.

Day 1:

On the first day, we were based at Inshriach. The first exercise was practice for running the first Leg of a Relay, so we all started in a mass start and, like in a Relay, we had different gaffles.

In the afternoon we moved to a different part of Inshriach where the contours are much more complex. There, once again like in a race, we were all given different start times and it was our responsibility to be fully warmed-up and to get there on time. This exercise itself was a Middle distance course and was all about orienteering like you would do on race day.

At British Orienteering Talent Squad training camps the evening review session is just as important as the physical training itself. We normally upload our GPS traces onto websites that allow us to put our routes directly onto the orienteering map so we can see exactly where we went. 

Alice Wilson (Clydeside Orienteers)

Mark Nixon Talent Squad’s Technical Coach usually gives a presentation debriefing us about the day’s training. Also, depending on what phase of training we are in, Mark talks about the orienteering technique we were practising, and if we have made a mistake, we can look at the Leg and identify where and why the mistake happened.

Day 2:

In the morning of the second day, we went into Aviemore for a Sprint exercise. Once again, like on race day, we were issued start times. As always in Sprint Orienteering this course forced us to focus on route choice. This was really interesting as later when we reviewed the session in the evening, we measured the lengths of the different routes we had chosen, taking into account turning sharp corners or zigzagging in and out of buildings, and could work out what the best routes were.

After lunch we did exercises at Loch Vaa with a combination of longer and shorter Legs, practising for Long races. This was helpful as it gave me a better understanding of how many decision points I needed to safely get me to the control, and how that can differ in an area of vague or complex contours. Also, it helped me to understand when marshes and open areas are useful to navigate by - just in case you’re wondering in Loch Vaa they are.

Day 3:

We drove up to the Moravian coast, and in the morning attended a local Moravian event at Darnaway East, where they had especially planned male and female Middle distance courses for us. This was great as we could use this event, even though it was small, as practice for what it would be like at a bigger event, in the sense that there would be more distractions – such as more people in the forest not on your course – and proper SI punching. Distractions in the forest are something that everyone struggles with on some level, so using a real event was good practice for coping with this.

Afterwards, we headed to Culbin for more Relay practice, except that this time we did it as if we were heading out on the final Leg; meaning there were staggered starts and once again different gaffles.

Day 4:

For our final exercise, we went to Uath Lochans and did a Long distance course. This was a good exercise to finish with as it gave you a good idea of how your navigation had improved in the last four days.

 

Overall, the training camp was great fun, and I think it was especially helpful that over the four days I was able to practice all of the different disciplines of orienteering:  Long, Middle, Relay and Sprint. Also, this camp taught me to properly analyse my routes and choices after racing, which is a skill I will be able to put to good use whenever I go orienteering in the future.

 

Thank you, Alice, for providing this insightful account of your time at camp.  British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all the members of the Talent Squad all the very best with your training and preparations for the 2018 season.

 

Read Angus Harrington's Badaguish Talent Squad Pre-Season Camp: Training Diary here

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