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Tweet Tuesday 19th March 2019

International Women’s Day Celebrations with NI Orienteering

 

Female Sports Forum

On Saturday 9th March the Female Sports Forum attended Lagan Valley Orienteers Spring Cup 2 at Woodvale Forest to learn more about the sport and opportunities available to get involved. They had a go at a yellow course while capturing footage of the participants to showcase what we are about.

Tollymore Orienteers

Tollymore Orienteers were delighted to be asked to host family orienteering sessions at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre’s International Women’s Day celebrations. There were 3 sessions and 2 courses available on the day and a great mix of familiar orienteers and newcomers. This was a great chance for local people to give the sport a go and learn more about the hub and what will be on offer over the summer.

 Juls Hanvey, Active Clubs Coordinator (Northern Ireland), says:
“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate this special day over the weekend. A special mention should go to Emma from the Female Sport Forum and Caoimhe at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre for working alongside us and providing these opportunities to share the sport and what we have to offer.”

 

Northern Ireland Orienteering took part
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Tweet Monday 18th March 2019

Calling All English Orienteering Clubs!

FINAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2019 is British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer' – Club Match Funding Applications are still open for a few more days only!  Don't delay in getting your application in as the deadline is fast approaching...this Friday 22 March 2019. 

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.

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.

Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs need to do is think of a project and download and complete the application form from www.britishorienteering.org.uk/matchfunding.

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.

Don't delay....if you haven't done so already, get your application downloaded and apply today.
www.britishorienteering.org.uk/matchfunding

Closing date for all applications is this Friday 22 March 2019.

#volunteering4orienteering

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Tweet Monday 18th March 2019

Coaching Newcomers Live Webinar

Do you want to hear more about a club initiative in coaching newcomers to your club? If the answer is yes, join us for our next live webinar on Thursday 28th March at 7pm.

Titled Coaching newcomers, this session shares DVO's experience of running parks series and introducing new families and individuals to Orienteering. Delivered by Sal Chaffey she’ll be discussing what needs to be in place at the first event and how you might develop this to encourage newcomers into mainstream orienteering and club activities.

The session is for everyone who is looking, regardless of your experience as a coach, to support the club at coaching sessions and/ or events. Whether you’re new to this area or have been leading on this before, it’ll be great to hear your views and opinions throughout the evening.

To view the session all you need to do is follow the simple registration process prior by following the link below;

Coaching newcomers

We’ve one more live session in this block of webinars on Thursday 25th April, but if you’ve missed out on any of the other sessions, log into the repeats which will be shown as advertised below;

Date

Live or Repeat

Registration link

Tuesday 26th March

Repeat

Planning Focus – from 28th February

Tuesday 9th April

Repeat

Communication social media v traditional methods – from 14th March

Thursday 25th April

Live

Attracting and retaining juniors

 

For further information about how you could get involved and to keep an eye out for all future sessions or find links to session you may have missed (including the 2018 pilot), visit the British Orienteering webinar webpage.

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Tweet Wednesday 7th November 2018

Exercise inequalities leave millions of women inactive

  •  This Girl Can returns with new inspirational Fit Got Real message to reach women of all backgrounds and ethnicities who feel left behind by traditional exercise

  • Women in lower paid and routine jobs are twice as likely to be inactive as those in senior managerial roles

  • South Asian and black women are also more likely to be inactive than white women

  • Sport England’s campaign, which is funded by The National Lottery, launches a new film showing real women using practical, inventive and unconventional ways to fit exercise into their lives.

Sport England has today launched the latest phase of its This Girl Can campaign, Fit Got Real, which aims to tackle the inequalities in levels of exercise between different social groups of women.

This Girl Can returns with new inspirational Fit Got Real message

The latest Active Lives Adult Survey1 from Sport England highlights these imbalances, with women in lower paid, routine jobs almost twice as likely to be inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week) compared to women in senior and managerial roles (33.5% compared to 17.7%). The survey also showed significant differences in activity levels amongst women of different ethnicities, with women of a South Asian background (36%) and black women (29.4%) more likely to be inactive than white British women (25.3%).

Sport England research2 shows that a mix of practical and emotional pressures, such as lack of time, fear of judgement and lack of confidence, prevent many women from being as active as they would like. The insights also highlight that many of these pressures come from the way marketing, the media and TV often portray exercise as being for women who have the money to afford gym memberships, expensive sports clothes or plenty of free time.

The campaign is looking to inspire and motivate women with its new Fit Got Real film by showing real women of different ages and ethnicities doing exercise their own way - whether that is running around a park pushing their child in a pram, hula hooping at home or teaching themselves how to swim using YouTube - and sharing the message that no matter how unconventional, it all counts as exercise.

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England comments:
“There are some stark inequalities when it comes to different levels of exercise amongst women in England. Many of the pressures of modern life do not make it easy for women to have the confidence and motivation to be active. The health and wellbeing benefits of being active should be available to all women, and that is why we have a new message - Fit Got Real – to celebrate the creative and often unconventional ways many women are fitting exercise into their busy lives.”

Caroline, 36, who stars in the new film, comments:
“As a full-time carer, I rarely have time to myself and am often under a lot of pressure both emotionally and physically. At the end of the day, I always felt I was either too tired, didn’t have enough time or wasn’t motivated enough to exercise. But, one day I realised how important it was (for my mental and physical health) to spend some time on myself and, with the help of my friends and support groups in the community, I could see a way out! Rather than spending half an hour watching TV, I now get out to a dance class or over to the trampoline classes at the local community centre. With added daily pressures of work and family commitments, I completely understand how easy it is to get into a routine of not doing much exercise, but I feel so much happier and healthier from being more active. Even it’s a quick run up and down the garden it’s better than nothing!”

Having already inspired almost 3 million women to be more active since launching in 2015, This Girl Can’s new campaign is designed to appeal to an even wider range of women by showing images and telling stories of the realities of getting active for many women.

Along with the new adverts and online film, This Girl Can’s website and social channels will showcase women talking about how they fit exercise into their lives, why they like it and the negative perceptions and barriers they overcame to be more active.

For more information about This Girl Can’s Fit Got Real campaign, please visit: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

The new Fit Got Real film is available to view and download here.

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