Orienteering is a great tool to get children learning and achieving both inside and outside of the classroom. There is great potential for developing orienteering for young people for example via schools or uniformed group activities with simplified and progressive activities that can take place in a variety of environments from school grounds to country parks and woodland.
Orienteering is also a cross-curricular activity that can support subjects such as Maths, PE and Geography as well as promoting a healthy mix of physical activity, decision making and team working – there is nothing like the excitement of searching for things and the sense of accomplishment in completing a course, activity or event!
To assist you in your Orienteering planning - British Orienteering has some appropriate resources and reading to help you get started and feel more confident in using Orienteering within your activities and sessions with young people.
From purchasable equipment kits such as the Xplorer Schools resource to downloadable resources and signposting to your local club – please see the sections below covering a variety of topics:
2) Find your local Club www.britishorienteering.org.uk/page/find_a_club
3) The Teaching Orienteering Pathway www.britishorienteering.org.uk/page/teaching
4) Orienteering in Schools www.britishorienteering.org.uk/page/schools
5) Downloadable resources https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/school_games
6) Competition for Schools - the British Schools Orienteering Association http://www.bsoa.org/
7) Where to Go Orienteering https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/goorienteering
8) Purchasable Xplorer Schools https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/xplorerschools
Thought about taking part in World Orienteering Day this year on Wednesday 23 May 2018?
Find out more here.
The Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) is staging the British Orienteering Championships 2018 this weekend (Saturday 19 May to Sunday 20 May 2018) in Royal Deeside. The Long Distance Championships are being held over the Balmoral Estate with the British Relay Championships at nearby Torphantrick (Cambus o’May).
The British Trail Orienteering Championships are being staged on Sunday 20 May at nearby Crathes Castle.
Saturday 19 May: British Orienteering Championships - Long distance race (UKOL)
Find out more: British Orienteering Championships (UKOL) - Balmoral nr. Braemar.
Sunday 20 May: British Orienteering Championships - Relay event
Find out more: British Relay Championships - Torphantrick nr. Ballater.
Sunday 20 May: British Trail Orienteering Championships
Find out more: British Trail Orienteering Championships - Crathes Castle nr. Banchory.
Royal Deeside is preparing for the Royal Wedding and the influx of nearly 1,200 orienteers from across the country. In addition to most of our elite athletes who recently competed at the European Orienteering Championships in Switzerland, we are also welcoming young competitors from local schools in an initiative supported by Aberdeenshire Council.
With a recent spell of fine weather, the Planner and Assistant Controller report the area is now snow free but Lochnagar still has plenty of snow in the gullies. Torphantrick on the banks of the River Dee is also looking lovely, and hopefully, the water will still be sparkling on Sunday.
The race arena build starts on Friday, including some innovations from the Scottish Orienteering Association with their new satellite broadband system. Live GPS tracking is not planned, but there will be extensive footage taken for the BBC Adventure Show – expect headcams, drones and running cams wherever you are in the forest. Dougie Vipond, presenter and drummer of Deacon Blue, will be on site to provide commentary for TV. Chris Poole and Andy Munro will be doing live coverage at the event.
Prize-giving will be on Sunday, and we thank Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering for offering to award medals and trophies.
Thanks go to the Balmoral Estates and in particular Garry Marsden for permission to stage the Long Distance Championships at Balmoral on Saturday 19th May – the same day as the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Torphantrick is part of the Inchmarnoch Estate, and thanks go to Mrs J C Carson for permission to use this area for the British Relay Championships on Sunday 20th May.
Thanks go to the clubs who have given up their time as volunteers to help stage this competition. Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC), Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC), Tayside Orienteers (TAY), Loch Eck Orienteers (ECKO), Clydeside Orienteers (CLYDE) and Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) are the main clubs involved with the Long Distance Championships.
Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) and Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC) are the main clubs involved with the British Relay Championships. Individuals from other clubs across Scotland are also involved.
Event Coordinator, Day Organiser and Safety Officer: Colin Matheson (Events Manager, SOA)
Assistant Coordinator: Ross Lilley (ECKO)
Treasurer: Jackie Reynard (GRAMP)
Entries: David Nicol (FVO)
Payments: Sarah Hobbs (Membership & Communications Officer, SOA)
Long Distance: Planner: Steve Nicholson (FVO)
Assistant Planner: Ian Hamilton (GRAMP)
Controller: Brian Bullen (FVO), Assistant Controller: Dave Armitage (GRAMP)
Relays: Planner: Clive Masson (ESOC), Assistant Planner: Chris Huthwaite (BAOC)
Controller: Donald Grassie (MOR).
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers involved in putting on the British Orienteering Championships in Scotland this year. Thank you to all for your hard work, commitment and support. With best wishes for a great weekend of orienteering.
Who will be crowned British Champions this Royal weekend?
The GB junior squad is heading up to the British Championships this weekend, as part of their preparations for the two main summer competitions, EYOC and JWOC, due to commence in a few weeks time.
Sixteen of the selected athletes will rendezvous at the FSC Kindrogan Hall, Pitlochry, on Friday evening and begin their training weekend, which will include a number of sessions led by the squad coaches focussing on technical, physical and mental preparation for the international races.
The main work will take place on Saturday, with classroom sessions focussing on, firstly, technical reviews of the main competition areas in Bulgaria and Hungary, with many of the JWOC athletes using this opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the challenges they will be confronting in July. Several of the team went to Hungary last August as part of the Pre-JWOC reconnaissance tour and also went on a self-funded visit in March of this year to learn more about the intricacies of the inland, sand dune terrain around Kecskemet and continue to develop their JWOC strategies.
The EYOC team includes many debutant athletes and this will be a great chance for them to learn about the challenges of international competitions and racing overseas. Both countries will also offer up the additional hurdle of running in the heat and there will be a session on Saturday considering race preparation and acclimation strategies to handle these environments and maintain optimal levels of performance across the programme of individual and relay races.
Alongside this work, the athletes will be competing in the British Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Balmoral and Torphantrick, and this will give them further opportunities to develop their race routines and practice their technical and tactical strategies in some great Scottish terrain!
More than five hundred people travelled to New Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean on Sunday 6 May for the annual Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) Trot which this year was part of the massive OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Running Festival.
In addition to the 446 entrants, there were at least 60 children who ran the string course, many from OMM families, which was a great way of introducing new children and their like-minded families to orienteering.
Despite the fact that the memory of the incredible weather will probably outlast the orienteering, some very fine runs were achieved.
Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club (SBOC) won the Black course by a whole 7 minutes, James Hargreaves won the brown by 13 minutes and Oliver Tonge (M16) was only 2.08 minutes behind Martin Ward (M50) the winner of the Short Brown.
Bristol Orienteering Klub's Clive Hallett (M55) won the Blue in just 55.36 minutes but was closely followed by Phil Scarf (M55) of East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC) a few minutes later. Nick Norse (M55) of North Wiltshire Orienteering Club (NWO) and BOK's Jim Bailey (M16) followed three minutes later giving Clive some serious competition.
The Green course was run by Clive Wilson (M60) of South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) in just 57.34 minutes, but close on his heels was Ian Cooper (M75) of Berkshire Orienteers (BKO) just 3 seconds behind, and Jackie Hallett (W60) of BOK just 19 seconds behind. A good performance was also seen by BOK's Bryony Stagg who won the orange course.
The day was a huge success with wonderful scenes of fit, healthy runners of all ages gathering together in the blazing sunshine to run, cycle, and relax in the Forest.
Photo credits: Scott Bailey, Bristol Orienteering Klub