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.
Did You Know?
British Orienteering is part of the Open Active initiative, all event details uploaded by clubs is shared in an open platform that enables a wide range of innovators and businesses to use this data in amazing ways like featuring your events in apps and websites that reach huge audiences.
What can I do?
If you are involved in helping to run events for your club or even just want to help out, check that the information being uploaded to the British Orienteering website includes all the necessary details that someone who doesn’t orienteer would need to book. The more information the better but as a minimum, all your events should have the following registered directly on the website:
We also know that we have a large number of IT professionals and innovators across the membership who may want to use this freely available data to provide better services specifically for orienteering. If you want to know more about the Open Active initiative click here and you can find the British Orienteering open data here.
2019 is expected to be the year where Open Data in the sport and physical activity sector makes a big jump and there are a huge number of opportunities that will be open to orienteering because we have made this data open (remember, open data isn’t personal data or your customer's data - just information about your upcoming sessions!) but only if the data we provide is of a good standard. This is other organisations doing your promotion for you!