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Tweet Friday 23rd August 2019

Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp, Kocaeli, Turkey

Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp: 25th – 30th August 2019, Kocaeli, Turkey 

Following on from the unprecedented success of this year's Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Denmark, several of this year's likely contenders for the 2020 team will shortly be heading out on a reconnaissance trip to Kocaeli, Turkey ahead of next year's JWOC there.

The group will consist of returning athletes in the form of Grace Molloy (FVO), triple medalist in Denmark, Megan Keith (INVOC), gold medallist in the Women's Relay team, and Alastair Thomas (EUOC/WCOC), last leg runner from the Men's relay team, which also made the podium in Denmark.

Also making the trip will be Zac Hudd (WCOC), Daniel Spencer (WCOC), Niamh Hunter (WCOC), Peter Molloy (FVO) and Eilidh Campbell (MAROC), all of whom have previous JWOC experience and they will be working hard to return once again in 2020. Finally, there will be some who have yet to make their JWOC debut going over to Turkey and this list includes David Bunn (TVOC), Flurry Grierson (DEVON), Matthew Gooch (MAROC), Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (EBOR) and Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla (EUOC/EBOR), all of whom have previous international experience having run at JEC and/or EYOC in the past two seasons.

Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp - starts on Sunday 25 August 2019

The camp starts on Sunday evening (25 August) and will work through until Friday morning (30 August), visiting all the areas which are likely to be similar to those being used for the competition next summer.

Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, commented:  "This is undoubtedly an exciting group of athletes, with some defined medal and podium potential across the various disciplines, and we're hopeful that we can take the momentum of JWOC 2019 into next year's competition. We're under no illusions, however, that this will be a tough ask, as the terrain and environment will be very different from that which we encountered in Denmark, but we hope that this camp will allow us to begin to prepare the athletes to take on this challenge with confidence."

Tweet Thursday 22nd August 2019

Head of Development, Craig Anthony, to Leave British Orienteering

British Orienteering has today announced that Craig Anthony, Head of Development, will be leaving the governing body at the end of the month after 5 and a half years in the sport to take up a post as Chief Executive of British Wrestling. 

Craig has led the development team for British Orienteering throughout his time at the governing body transitioning from a participation focus back to focus more on clubs, regular participation and membership.  Over the past couple of years he has also taken on responsibility for the Talent and Performance programmes which has seen some significant international success.

Craig said:  

“I’m proud to have worked for British Orienteering through a period of significant change and have enjoyed my time immensely working with the volunteers across the country that make the sport work. One of my key beliefs of working in sport is that as professionals we are only custodians and it is our job to ensure that the sport is in a better place when you leave than when you started, I hope that this is the case. After over 5 years in the sport, it feels like the right time to take on a new challenge, but I look forward to watching the progress of British Orienteering in the years ahead.” 

Peter Hart said:  

“Craig has made an enormous contribution and has had a really positive impact on the sport during his time at British Orienteering. He leaves the sport in great shape and I am delighted that he was able to share the success of the outstanding success of the whole team at the Junior World Championships this year.” 

“On behalf of the Board, I share heartfelt thanks to Craig for his commitment and passion. Craig will be missed but we wish him all the best for the future.” 

Peter Hart said:  

“Craig has made an enormous contribution and has had a really positive impact on the sport during his time at British Orienteering. He leaves the sport in great shape and I am delighted that he was able to share the success of the outstanding success of the whole team at the Junior World Championships this year.” 

“On behalf of the Board, I share heartfelt thanks to Craig for his commitment and passion. Craig will be missed but we wish him all the best for the future.” 

Tweet Thursday 22nd August 2019

Projects to help improve the university orienteering clubs’ experience

For the month of July, Development Intern, Georgia Jones, has been working on several projects that focus on improving the university orienteering clubs’ experience.

She has built and updated new University-focussed pages of the British Orienteering website started a new weekend training camp and is presenting a webinar about university orienteering clubs.

Georgia gives more detail about her work with the Development Team during the month of July.  

“As someone who started from scratch with British Orienteering when I founded the Exeter University club, there was a lot I had to figure out for myself, even with the invaluable help from Devon and British Orienteering. Most of the resources for universities are out there, but it is often difficult and time-consuming to source them all.  

Intern joined the Development team for one month in July.

My first solution to this was creating a couple of new webpages specifically for universities on the British Orienteering site. University clubs will now find on the website a main University Club page, with a list of important university events, awards that we have access to, funding opportunities available and other useful links to resources such as training, advertising, mapping and PR materials. It also links to a page specifically for students wishing to start their own university orienteering club. On that page, I wrote up a detailed how-to document, which contains every step I took to successfully setting up my club using my university affiliation form and Orienteering Foundation grant application as examples as well as templates for our club constitution and committee roles. I also updated the current list of university clubs on the site, with thanks to Fay Walsh for providing a hugely time-saving spreadsheet from the previous year’s British University Championships. 

The second project was organising a training weekend for university clubs. This project was motivated by the fact that, besides the British University Championships, most university clubs rarely interact with each other, let alone en masse. Iain Embery was a tremendously generous help for this project, as he had already done much of the groundwork and could coordinate with Junior Regional Orienteering Squad. The weekend we created is based in the Lake District at the end of November -  universities purchase a package that offers two nights of accommodation, three different Lakeland maps and a social night on the Saturday. If you want to check out the event, the Facebook page is here

The final project I’m carrying out is a webinar as part of the British Orienteering series, talking through my experience of setting up a club and sharing the way I got support for it, how we run trainings, our relationship with the local club, Devon, and generally opening up the conversation about University Orienteering clubs’ experience.  

As I’ve been working through the projects, I have also enjoyed being the point of contact for other people interested in improving their University clubs. Universities face the unique challenge of a high turnover of members and sometimes uncertain committee handovers, which leaves a lot of space for clubs to shrink, disappear or not start up at all. I hope that, by building these projects, I have made that challenge just a little bit smaller. I owe a big thank you to British Orienteering for letting me carry out the projects – they have a fantastic team and I have learnt a huge amount.” 

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:

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