Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019
The University of Nottingham Humanities Building
Places are still available and we would encourage you to book before 18 November 2018 and take advantage of the early bird special price.
Book before 18th November to get the early bird price of £65 for both days or one day for just £35.
All bookings after this Sunday (18 November 2018) will be £70 for both days and £38 for one day.
Bookings need to be made by 23 December 2018.
To view the Coaching Conference agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.
44 young people aged 11-14 years from Yorkshire & Humberside, East Midlands and South East regions assembled at two youth activity camps in October.
Juniors from South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), Lincoln Orienteering Club (LOG), Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC) came together at Walesby Forest Activity Camp for a weekend of orienteering exercises and outdoor activity sessions. Despite the wet conditions, everyone had fun with a mix of O-skills coaching, sprint relays, cave maze and indoor climbing.
“I had a great time and wished it could have gone on longer!” said one young participant from SYO.
Hilary Palmer from NOC and Charlotte Ward from the GB Elite team led the orienteering exercises. “Walesby Forest was a good area to use. Having the lodge as a base in the centre of the area meant that it wasn't too difficult to cope with the weather”. Charlotte took time from her training schedule to come along: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'd love to help out again”.
During the October half-term, juniors from Mole Valley Orienteering Club (MVOC), Guildford Orienteers (GO), Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH), Saxons Orienteering Club (SAX), Dartford Orienteering Klub (DFOK) and Southdowns Orienteers (SO) also came together for an action-packed day at High Ashurst Activity Centre.
“I’m happy to meet other boys and girls my own age.” said the young participant from GO. “At orienteering events, I have to go with my parents and often don’t see other juniors”.
Josh Jenner led the orienteering training at High Ashurst. “It was an interesting coaching challenge to design exercises for a wide variety of skill levels, from newcomers to Orange TD3. It was great to see them enjoying themselves”.
British Orienteering aims to bring the format to other regions in summer 2019 and evolve it into a sustainable programme to help more young people in the future.
British Orienteering's Youth Strategy "Every Junior Matters" aims to attract and retain more young people in orienteering.
You can read the short and full versions of the strategy below:
Half term in Bolton saw a new partnership form to help deliver Xplorer events whilst introducing and promoting club orienteering events to hundreds of new people.
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Bolton Council and South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC) teamed up to run two events over half term for families and young children in Queens’s Park, Bolton. Over 300 people attended over the two days keeping the volunteers on their toes throughout. Lorna Brooke, Anne Jeremiah, Keri Berry (NCT) and Caroline Barcham (SELOC) were on hand ensuring everyone got their maps and a crash course in orienteering, whilst also hearing about the opportunities there are for anyone to get involved in the club events running locally.
Commenting on the event Lorna Brooke (NCT), said: “The NCT is there to support parents in many ways from antenatal classes, to first aid courses and through the early years of becoming a parent. Activities such as Xplorer, pram walks and coffee mornings play an important role in supporting parents by running fun activities for young families, whilst providing the opportunity to meet other parents and share their experiences.”
Caroline Barcham (SELOC), added: “It was great to see so many people enjoying orienteering in Queens Park, there were lots of smiles and very keen families. Hopefully, following these events, we’ll see them joining up with SELOC and experience the wider world of orienteering.”
There will be another opportunity for families of all ages to experience two Xplorer challenges in Queens Park on Saturday 24th November, people can start the courses anytime between 11am and 1pm, collect your free maps from the Queens Park Café.
Find more Xplorer events here.
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.