Plans are now well advanced for the JK weekend. Course planning was finalised some time ago, and maps will be sent to the printers in the next few days. Organisers are currently working hard on sorting out the remaining organisational details, sorting out manning levels and shifts for helpers, and generally ensuring everything will run smoothly for the weekend.
We are delighted with the entry numbers, now with over 2,300 for the Middle race, not far short of that for the Long race, and heading towards 2,000 for Friday's Sprint Race. And the TrailO has seen really exceptional numbers - with nearly 150 entries on each of the two days. We are also very pleased to see lots of international entries, from a total of 23 countries, including from as far away as Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.
If you have not entered the JK yet, please do so. We will be delighted to welcome you to the South of England for what we are sure will be a memorable and enjoyable weekend of orienteering.
Entries for individuals close this Sunday, with Relay entries available until Sunday 31st. Don't miss it.
Full details at www.thejk.org.uk
Entries through www.fabian4.co.uk
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.
Watch this film and find out more here.
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.
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.
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Jennie Taylor Communications Officer caught up with Megan Keith from Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC) one of our junior athletes selected to compete at the European Youth Championships for the first time.
Club: Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC)
When did you start orienteering?
"I think I was 6 or 7 years old."
What do you enjoy about orienteering?
"I like how there are both mental and physical challenges on a course and I enjoy the atmosphere at big events."
Do you have a coach?
Who was the first person you told when you were selected for European Youth
Orienteering Championships? "
My mum and dad, then I messaged my sister in South Africa!"
What kind of training have you been doing to prepare for it?
"I have been training in lots of layers of clothes as it’s probably going to be very hot in Bulgaria!"
What advice would you give to people wanting to get into the GB Team?
"You have to be able to commit to travelling to as many of the selection races as possible in order to get a good range of results."
Thank you, Megan. We wish you all the best with your final preparations.
European Youth Orienteering Championships 2018 takes place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria on Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July 2018.
Find out more about the 2018 European Youth Orienteering Championships here.