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Tweet Tuesday 23rd February 2021

COVID-Secure Orienteering Update 22 February 2021

The Government published its roadmap on 22 February for the gradual and staged easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Restrictions will be eased across all areas of England at the same time.

British Orienteering welcomes the key message that from 29 March, formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can restart and will not be subject to the gathering limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.

British Orienteering will issue a further update once further Government guidance for sport has become available. In the meantime, you can visit our COVID-19 Safe Orienteering webpage for further information.

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Tweet Monday 15th February 2021

British Orienteering 2020 Awards - Nominations open! Who do you think deserves national recognition for their efforts in 2020?

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Volunteer, Club, Coach and Mapping Awards!

2020 was a very different year for all. British Orienteering are extremely proud of how the orienteering community has responded to the challenges and excited to celebrate those who stepped up, thought outside the box and got creative during this period.

Nominations are open until Sunday 7 March 2021.

Anyone can submit a nomination, so if someone in your club or community has had a positive impact on your orienteering experience this year, we would like to hear about it!

Nomination forms can be downloaded using the links below and should be submitted electronically to info@britishorienteering.org.uk by the closing date.

Awards will be presented for the following categories. 

Who are you going to nominate?

More detailed information about each award is available from the Volunteer Awards or Mapping Awards pages.

* Traditionally, the three cartographic mapping awards (Chichester, Silva, and Walsh Trophies) would be awarded for maps first used in competition during 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has severely limited the number of events held in 2020 and expected to be held in 2021. Consequently, the Map Advisory Group, have agreed not to make awards in those categories for 2020 but to invite nominations in early 2022 for maps first used in the two years between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021.

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Tweet Tuesday 23rd February 2021

New eLearning Course - Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools

British Orienteering has today launched a new eLearning course for Secondary School Teachers.

Orienteering is an outdoor physical activity that can be delivered safely in schools, can be delivered Covid-securely and support in the development of a young person’s confidence and the ability to make decisions to maintain an active lifestyle.

Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools is a new initiative and has been designed to be the first step on the leadership pathway and aims to equip teachers and leaders with the knowledge and confidence to introduce Orienteering within their setting.

Today more than ever there is an important need to support students’ understanding and development of how to keep physically active and healthy, as well as providing opportunities for students to be active during the school day through extra-curricular activities. 

This e-Learning course is offered at a discounted launch price of £20 until 31 March 2021.  
The cost of the course will then increase to £30 per learner.

Calling all Secondary School Teachers

The course will take approximately an hour to complete and can fit in around your commitments at a suitable time to suit you. 
Each learner will also receive these valuable resources to support them in their delivery:

  • Certificate
  • 11 Group learning activities
  • 7 supporting resources
  • School Games information
  • British Schools Orienteering Championships information
  • Information on both mapped Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses
  • A list of useful books to support their learning
  • A list of orienteering equipment suppliers and sources of funding

Howard Blackman Business Development Officer at British Orienteering, says:

“British Orienteering are delighted to launch this new online learning course. Never has the opportunity been greater to support students’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy. This course is now available online and can be completed at any time or day that fits in best, and also allows you to study at your own pace.”  

Find out more and book on the ‘Introduction to Orienteering for Secondary Schools’ course here.   

British Orienteering also offers an online Introduction to Orienteering course designed purposely for Primary School Teachers, Outdoor Centres and Youth Leaders to deliver in their own settings. Find out more and book on this course here

If you have any questions and want to discuss any aspect of the course please contact:
Howard Blackman, email:  HBlackman@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Saturday 6th October 2018

Junior European Cup Opens With Exciting Mixed Sprint Relay

The first race of the 2018 JEC programme saw 14 GB athletes across four teams take to the streets of the Swiss village of Villars-Sur-Ollon, in a fast and frantic head-to-head format, the first of its kind at junior international level.

Leading off their respective teams were Fiona Bunn (GBR1), Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla (GBR2), Emma Wilson (GBR3) and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (MIX1) and the pace at the front of the pack was unremitting in its intensity, as they headed uphill and away from the start line for the first leg. The courses included several long route choice legs, with the gaffling managing to split some of the teams early on, followed by some shorter, faster legs as the runners returned towards the assembly.

Ten minutes later, the first athletes headed into the arena passage, and it was to British cheers that Fiona descended to the spectator control in first place, with GB debutant, Anika, only around 10 seconds back from her, and comfortably in the top 10. These two continued to work hard around the final short loop and set up their outgoing runners for the next leg beautifully, ensuring that they both went out in the leading pack, with Fiona finishing in second and Anika in sixth. Eddie Narbett now took up the reigns for the first team and, although he wasn't happy with his overall performance, having dropped sometime in the middle of the course, he still brought the first team back in 9th and fighting for a podium position, only 18 seconds off sixth place at this stage.

Freddie Carcas on the third leg then ran a controlled race to stay in contention, running through the spectator control in the middle of a group fighting for places 7 to 12 and still well in touch with the leading pack and duly handed over to last leg runner, Laura King, with the team sitting in 10th. Laura then ran a superb final leg to pull in several of the athletes in front of her and an exciting sprint finish saw her cross the finish line in a dead heat with the Swiss 3rd team last leg runner and pull the team up onto the podium in joint 6th.

Across the rest of the squad, there were a number of steady runs, resulting in the Mixed 1 team finishing 36th, the 3rd team in 41st of the 64 teams competing in the event and unfortunately the second team were disqualified. The athletes are now resting up and preparing in the hotel for the middle race tomorrow at Monthey, where it is hoped that the area suits some of the technicians in the squad and more good results can be recorded by the team across the two classes of M/W18 and M/W20.

Laura King running through the spectator control
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