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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Winter 2018 Festive Xplorer Events

Looking to take part in a fun and festive activity?  Look no further!  

Xplorer is getting into the festive spirit with Christmas themed events across the country. An adventure for the whole family this December with a navigation challenge! Explore the park and find the festive markers!

Festive Xplorer events taking place include...

Find more Xplorer events here.

Give a Membership Gift

Join British Orienteering as an Xplorer member today! Did you know that for only £11 (adult) and £5 (child) you can join British Orienteering as an ‘Xplorer’ club member?

Joining gives you access to discounts of up to 20% off a wide variety of partners including Butlin's Holiday Club, Go Ape, YHA, Cotswold Outdoor, AA and many more, as well as access to newsletters, badge and incentive schemes, events, activities, competitions.  Find out more here. To join as an Xplorer club member, choose Xplorer as the club and BOF as the association when using the online joining process. 

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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield 2019

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the plans in 2019 for the annual Yvette Baker junior inter-club competitions.

The regional heats start on Sunday January 20th in the West Midlands with an event at Boreatton Park.  The full list of regional heats are as follows:

WMOA  

Boreatton Park, Shropshire 20th January 2019

NEOA  

Errington Woods, Cleveland 24th February 2019
SEOA Worthlodge Forest, W. Sussex 24th March 2019
EAOA  Hockley Woods, Essex  31st March 2019
SWOA  Savernake Forest (tbc), Wiltshire 7th April 2019
WOA  Cwm Lickey, Cwmbran  14th April 2019
YHOA  Mausoleum Woods & Cottagers Dale, Lincolnshire  28th April 2019
NWOA  Aitken Woods, Lancashire  11th May 2019
EMOA  Calke Abbey, Derbyshire  19th May 2019

The final will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Sandringham Country Park near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

The Yvette Baker junior competition now includes a new category for clubs with fewer juniors. The Yvette Baker Shield runs alongside the Trophy at the same event, allowing qualifying clubs to field a team of 5 or more juniors (the Trophy requires a team of 9 juniors).

To qualify for the Shield, a club must have 25 or fewer junior members in the club. The updated Rule L for the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield and the list of clubs qualifying for both Trophy and Shield competitions in 2019 can be found below.

A further update on the Yvette Baker competitions in 2019 will follow in January.

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Tweet Wednesday 12th December 2018

Tick one thing off your to do list before Christmas, book onto the 2019 Coaching conference now.

The festival period is rapidly closing in so don’t forget to tick one thing off your to-do list and book your place on the 2019 coaching conference. 

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January will soon be on us, so don’t miss out on the 23rd December booking deadline.  

Great advice, practical sessions and live discussions will help you start your coaching year in the best way possible. 

To secure your place at the conference and to view the full agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.  

Great value at only £70 for both days or £38 for one day. 
All bookings must be made by 23rd December. 

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Tweet Saturday 9th June 2018

GBR Talent Squad Member - Training Camp Diary #1: David Bunn (TVOC)

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering caught up with a couple of the athletes who attended the recent Balmoral Talent Training Camp in Scotland.   

David Bunn (TVOC) has been selected to compete at the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) for the first time this year. 

David kindly agreed to write a diary account of his time at the recent Talent Training Camp. 
Read David's account:

Name: David Bunn

Member of the Talent Squad

Club:  Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC)

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David Bunn (TVOC)

Talent Training Camp, Balmoral, Scotland

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May 2018.

 

Day 1:  Friday 18th May 2018

20:00

Arrive at FSC Pitlochry and straight into dinner.

21:00

A preview of the week to come - followed by a control description quiz before bed.

 

Day 2:  Saturday 19th May 2018

08:00

Breakfast

09:00

Technical Preparation Session:  Head Technical Coach Mark Nixon had scoured the web for any relevant information about European Youth Orienteering Championship (EYOC) areas (as had most athletes). We discussed possible key strategies and techniques for the Sprint, Long and Relay areas, tailored to the terrains. The majority of the geeking will be done over the next few weeks by athletes independently, but it was useful to pool ideas and make sure we are as clued up as possible as to how we can best prepare for the technical demands of orienteering in Bulgaria.

10:00

The Challenges of International Competition:  A great opportunity for more experienced athletes to impart some of their wisdom with athletes like myself, who will compete for GB for the first time this year. We talked about the whole experience of international competition - from travelling abroad to accommodation, transport, quarantine, GPS, warm-ups, the race itself and everything in between. The differences between international and domestic competitions are vast, but I now feel that little bit more prepared and confident that I can make everything run smoothly.

13:00

British Championships at Balmoral:  A mixed bag of performances overall, but while I seriously lacked in accuracy, I certainly did spend a lot of quality time in good technical forest, which I suppose is a plus.

18:00

Dinner

19:00

Physical preparation:  Mainly comprised of learning how we can best prepare ourselves for competing in what could be heat approaching 30? Bulgaria is likely to be a real test of heat endurance, but we discussed ways we could lessen the shock for our bodies. We have been tasked with either finding or creating our own heat chambers at home in order to ‘acclimate’ to the environment, something I suspect few other nations will be considering! Could this Team Sky-esque attitude yield similar results for the GB team??

20:00

Individual review sessions: 1 on 1 sessions with coaches, talking through physical and technical training that we had completed, and also looking ahead to the next phase of competition-specific training.

22:30

Lights out

 

Day 3: Sunday 20th May

7:00

Breakfast and pack bags.

8:00

Depart for the British Orienteering Championships (BOC) Relay. 

10:00

BOC Relays, Torphantrick:  We competed for our respective clubs, but got a chance to run with other members of the Talent Squad, and for some to run against senior GB athletes on the Premier classes. Again - a very good and quite rare opportunity to hone our relay running skills in preparation for an EYOC Relay which will feature some very strong GB teams.

14:00

Depart for home

Thank you, David.  We wish you well with your final preparations.

 

Talent Squad - Tier 1:  Includes primarily the 15-18 (School) age group and aims firstly to identify and induct promising juniors into the Talent squad and then assist in progressing them from the 'Learning to Train' to the 'Training to Train' phase of development.

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