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Tweet Thursday 21st November 2019

'Organising Successful Events' webinar - now one week to go

There’s only one week to go before the next live webinar providing valuable insight and ideas into running your events. We go live at 7pm on Thursday 28 November.

In this webinar, Helen Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club will be unpicking the key functions involved in organising different types of orienteering events. Throughout the session we will be looking at ways to ensure events are delivered as successfully as possible and considering the criteria by which an event might be considered to be successful relative to its aims.

You’ll be able to ask questions throughout but do please get in touch if you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the session. Send these to Peter Brooke on pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk

Register now so as now to miss out by following this link:
Organising successful events (full webinar).  

Events Webinar takes place on Thurs 28th Nov at 7pm
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Tweet Wednesday 20th November 2019

Development Conference agenda now confirmed

British Orienteering is pleased to confirm the full agenda line up for the National Development Conference being held on the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020.

Saturday 11 January is headlined by Keynote Speaker Grace Molloy (Gold Medal winner and member of Forth Valley Orienteers).  Grace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of her journey through her club to where she is today.  Grace will be providing valuable insights into how she’s progressed, her challenges and discuss her ideas and thoughts for the future, including how clubs can adapt and grow when developing orienteers within.

There will also be a workshop delivered by Club Matters on the club volunteer experience.  Clubs often find themselves short of volunteers, with the way that people volunteer and the time they have to give is not the same as it used to be.  This workshop will help to put an action plan in place to develop the volunteer experience and ultimately get more people volunteering within the club.

We’ll also see some short presentations by clubs who’ve run successful projects for the benefit of their club, along with considering national survey, event and participation data, to allow members to consider how best to shape their future direction.

Sunday’s headline sees Steve Fairhurst of ‘Be More Cheetah’ take centre stage bringing his 30 years of marketing experience to Orienteering.  Steve specialises in ‘the sharp end’ of marketing – where the customer meets the brand directly and has a unique take on the social media landscape and how best to present your club ‘brand’ for maximum effect using tried and tested techniques.

With a pragmatic and energising approach to training, the session is sure to be engaging and empowering – dealing with simple practical steps on how to generate results quickly, rather than wading through statistics and broad theories.

The conference concludes with a key session discussing Youth.  Looking at the youth strategy and considering recent success stories that clubs could adapt to help develop and grow this area with their club.

Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020

The prices per person for the conference are; 

Full weekend including overnight accommodation 

£79 

Full weekend with no accommodation 

£65 

Saturday only 

£35 

Sunday only 

£35 

All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.  

Saturday’s sessions will run between 11:00 and 18:00, with Sunday commencing at 09:00 through to 14:00. 

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Tweet Tuesday 19th November 2019

10 reasons – Xplorer can help you reach your target audience

10 reasons how Xplorer can meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

1.  Perfect for encouraging families to become more active and support them to becoming a stronger family unit.

2.  Improve mental health – taking part can help improve low income families mood, help tackle obesity and other health problems.

3.  Gives the ability to connect in a new way with any audience you are trying to engage with – at no cost to them – as sessions are FREE to them!

4.  Help in engaging with Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities – with again offering FREE sessions to them!

5.  Support people with disabilities or special needs to get outdoors….encouraging fresh air, ……

6.  There is no entry level – anyone can take part and it’s FREE.

7.  Provides an opportunity for Grandparents to enjoy active quality time with their grandchildren.

8.  The Xplorer challenge can be easily changed to meet the needs of participants.

9.  Extends your reach into the local community.

10. Introduces , develops and embeds the skill of navigation.

 

For a one off £1,000 investment – meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

For more information please contact:  Howard Blackman on 07768 334207 or email: hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk  

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Tweet Monday 14th May 2018

The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course by Colin Butler (SUFFOC)

Source:  THE PUNCH.  Suffolk Orienteering Club's Members Magazine

The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course article by Colin Butler (Suffolk Orienteering Club)

"Recently we visited Barnard Castle a market town in Teesdale, County Durham for a family golden wedding party on a Saturday.  We visited Bowes Museum the next day to occupy ourselves, and nephews and families had returned home, before going for a quiet meal in the evening. There was a special exhibition about tulips, and we had to go all around the galleries and display cases with a question paper to find a wide variety of tulip features.

As we went to the reception desk to collect our prize for a fully correct result, we noticed a pile of orienteering maps at the end of the counter. It is a doddle course, but we spent another pleasant half hour finding the controls around the gardens and shrubbery. 

Surrounding scenery

I left the course map with my brother-in-law as a reminder to take his grandchildren orienteering on their next visit. The Bowes course is listed via the British Orienteering and Cleveland websites.  

On Monday we went for a super walk upstream in the autumn sunshine along the River Tees, and back along an old railway line. It’s a lovely area if you like rambling.

If you would like to explore any of the Permanent Orienteering Courses then details can be found on the British Orienteering website."

Permanent Orienteering courses are fixed orienteering routes where you simply download a map and just go!   There are orienteering routes across the country, and this is a great way of exploring local areas when away on holiday or taking a short break in the UK.

More information on permanent orienteering courses can be found here

Thank you to Colin and Suffolk Orienteering Club for giving British Orienteering permission to publish this article. 

If you, your family or your club have any similar stories which you would like to share with other members then please get in touch. Email:  jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk

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