British Orienteering announces today that Graham Patten has resigned from the Board of Directors.
Graham’s resignation is due to personal reasons and increased business commitments. Graham has resigned with regret and wishes British Orienteering and the Board all the best for the future.
Chair of the Board, Drew Vanbeck stated: "On behalf of the Board of Directors and of British Orienteering, I extend our sincere appreciation to Graham for his contribution to the sport and personally I look forward to continuing to have the benefit of Graham's wise counsel.”
Drew added, “We are in the process of searching for individuals who can fill the vacancy created by Graham’s resignation and that of Judith Holt who is due to step down from the Board at the next AGM after serving the full 9-year maximum as a director. If you are interested or know of someone who is prepared to volunteer and help British Orienteering develop and advance its strategic agenda please do not hesitate to contact me or the Chief Executive Peter Hart."
The next World Orienteering Day will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
In 2020, between Wednesday 13 May and Tuesday 19 May 2020, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.
The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
Visionary course of action
Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school. As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages.
Find out more here.
Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, says:
"A truly phenomenal season for GB's juniors, with record breaking achievements at the Junior World Championships in Denmark in July, supported by some further strong performances at both European Youth Orienteering Championships and Junior European Cup in June and September respectively, is shown in a film."
Watch the film here.
British Orienteering is proud to support the Sport and Recreation Alliance #RightToBeActive campaign, which asks all of society to join the call for the government to embed the fundamental right of all children to be active into policy, regulations and legislation.
The campaign aims to place a child’s right to be active on the same footing as their rights to education, shelter and nutrition. The benefits of being physically active are huge. However, shifts in society can mean that children don’t have the same exercise habits as previous generations.
Britain is not active enough. We are the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation.
Statistics show that:
Sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier.
What needs to happen?
Join the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s call for the government to give every child the fundamental #RightToBeActive by:
Help spread the word about this important initiative by simply signing the Alliance’s petition (https://bit.ly/2xIaR9v) and sharing it with others to help the Sport & Recreation Alliance reach its initial target of 10,000 signatures.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that every child has the fundamental #RightToBeActive. The problem of inactivity among our children and young people is far-reaching and we must work together to solve this crisis. The Alliance is calling on government, the sport sector, schools, communities, families and the public to show that they will not allow this to continue.
Since the petition was created it has gained over 1500 signatures from people who are ready to see a change. However, Sport and Recreation Alliance still need more support to reach their 2500 signature goal.
Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can make a stand and provide a better, healthier future for children across the UK.
For more information about the #RightToBeActive campaign, including how you can get further involved, please head to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.