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Tweet Thursday 21st November 2019

'Organising Successful Events' webinar - now one week to go

There’s only one week to go before the next live webinar providing valuable insight and ideas into running your events. We go live at 7pm on Thursday 28 November.

In this webinar, Helen Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club will be unpicking the key functions involved in organising different types of orienteering events. Throughout the session we will be looking at ways to ensure events are delivered as successfully as possible and considering the criteria by which an event might be considered to be successful relative to its aims.

You’ll be able to ask questions throughout but do please get in touch if you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the session. Send these to Peter Brooke on pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk

Register now so as now to miss out by following this link:
Organising successful events (full webinar).  

Events Webinar takes place on Thurs 28th Nov at 7pm
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Tweet Wednesday 20th November 2019

Development Conference agenda now confirmed

British Orienteering is pleased to confirm the full agenda line up for the National Development Conference being held on the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020.

Saturday 11 January is headlined by Keynote Speaker Grace Molloy (Gold Medal winner and member of Forth Valley Orienteers).  Grace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of her journey through her club to where she is today.  Grace will be providing valuable insights into how she’s progressed, her challenges and discuss her ideas and thoughts for the future, including how clubs can adapt and grow when developing orienteers within.

There will also be a workshop delivered by Club Matters on the club volunteer experience.  Clubs often find themselves short of volunteers, with the way that people volunteer and the time they have to give is not the same as it used to be.  This workshop will help to put an action plan in place to develop the volunteer experience and ultimately get more people volunteering within the club.

We’ll also see some short presentations by clubs who’ve run successful projects for the benefit of their club, along with considering national survey, event and participation data, to allow members to consider how best to shape their future direction.

Sunday’s headline sees Steve Fairhurst of ‘Be More Cheetah’ take centre stage bringing his 30 years of marketing experience to Orienteering.  Steve specialises in ‘the sharp end’ of marketing – where the customer meets the brand directly and has a unique take on the social media landscape and how best to present your club ‘brand’ for maximum effect using tried and tested techniques.

With a pragmatic and energising approach to training, the session is sure to be engaging and empowering – dealing with simple practical steps on how to generate results quickly, rather than wading through statistics and broad theories.

The conference concludes with a key session discussing Youth.  Looking at the youth strategy and considering recent success stories that clubs could adapt to help develop and grow this area with their club.

Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020

The prices per person for the conference are; 

Full weekend including overnight accommodation 

£79 

Full weekend with no accommodation 

£65 

Saturday only 

£35 

Sunday only 

£35 

All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.  

Saturday’s sessions will run between 11:00 and 18:00, with Sunday commencing at 09:00 through to 14:00. 

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Tweet Tuesday 19th November 2019

10 reasons – Xplorer can help you reach your target audience

10 reasons how Xplorer can meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

1.  Perfect for encouraging families to become more active and support them to becoming a stronger family unit.

2.  Improve mental health – taking part can help improve low income families mood, help tackle obesity and other health problems.

3.  Gives the ability to connect in a new way with any audience you are trying to engage with – at no cost to them – as sessions are FREE to them!

4.  Help in engaging with Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities – with again offering FREE sessions to them!

5.  Support people with disabilities or special needs to get outdoors….encouraging fresh air, ……

6.  There is no entry level – anyone can take part and it’s FREE.

7.  Provides an opportunity for Grandparents to enjoy active quality time with their grandchildren.

8.  The Xplorer challenge can be easily changed to meet the needs of participants.

9.  Extends your reach into the local community.

10. Introduces , develops and embeds the skill of navigation.

 

For a one off £1,000 investment – meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

For more information please contact:  Howard Blackman on 07768 334207 or email: hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk  

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Tweet Wednesday 5th December 2018

British Orienteering Annual Awards 2018 – Nominations Now Open!

There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year. British Orienteering is looking for nominees for our 2018 awards and wants to recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.

Who do you think deserves recognition for their hard work, dedication and effort they have given tirelessly to our sport throughout 2018? British Orienteering would like to recognise the dedication and achievement of the many outstanding individuals within the sport.

We are delighted to announce that we are now actively accepting nominations for British Orienteering National Annual Awards. This year we have introduced a new category – Volunteer of the Year Award. This is an exciting new development! The Volunteer of the Year Award recognises one outstanding adult volunteer for their valuable time and commitment they have given over the year. This is in addition to the Young Volunteer Award which recognises commitment from those under the age of 25. We are delighted to introduce this new category into British Orienteering Annual Awards for 2018. Who do you think deserves to be recognised and nominated for this new award? Details of all the Volunteer, Club and Mapping Awards are outlined here, together with the criteria and nomination process for each Award. 

2018 Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards

Each year British Orienteering presents a number of awards to recognise the incredible effort and impact delivered by clubs, coaches and volunteers across orienteering.
 

2018 Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows:

Club of the Year Award

Is your club an important part of the local community?

  • Providing opportunities for everyone to experience high-quality activities at all levels of your sport or recreation?

  • Demonstrating a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?

  • Taking an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?

Club of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.



University Club of the Year Award

This award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students.

University Club of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

Coach of the Year Award

Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:

  • engaging new people in orienteering
  • improving the performance of orienteers
  • mentoring and developing other coaches

Coach of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.



Young Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Young Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form – here.



Volunteer of the Year Award - new category!

This award is for a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

SILVA Award

- a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.

In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work. Indeed, nominees may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of the Federation.

All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.

SILVA Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


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2018 Mapping Awards

To encourage the production of high-quality maps the Map Group, on behalf of British Orienteering, awards a number of trophies to encourage high standards of mapping and related activities.

All nominations for the Mapping Awards below should be made by Sunday 24th February 2019 and winners will be presented with their awards at the 2019 AGM.

Terry Smith, Chair of the Mapping Group, said: “We continue to be impressed with the high standard of maps submitted for the Mapping Awards. We particularly look forward to receiving nominations from, or on behalf of, new mappers and those who have not previously submitted entries.”

2018 Mapping Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows: 

Chichester Trophy

The Chichester Trophy was donated by the Honorary President of the British Orienteering Federation in 1971, Sir Francis Chichester. The Trophy consists of the binnacle compass used on Sir Francis' 'round the world' yacht, Gipsy Moth V, mounted on a wooden plinth. The Trophy was first awarded in 1971 to Robin Harvey and Sue Bone for their map of Leith Hill. It was originally awarded for the Best Map produced in a single year, though later it was awarded for multiple maps or contribution to mapping. In 1985, with the introduction of the 'Bonington Trophy', the 'Chichester Trophy' reverted to the original concept of the best map produced by an amateur mapper.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.



SILVA Trophy for Professional Maps

With the high standard of professionally surveyed and drawn orienteering maps being produced in Britain, the British Orienteering Map Group decided, in 1992, that a new trophy should be awarded in recognition of these mapping companies. The Map Group annually awards the 'Silva Trophy' to the best professionally produced map. This trophy, sponsored by SILVA U.K. Ltd. is made from Stourbridge crystal. This irregular shape, called cullet in the trade, is formed when the unused crystal cools. The base was made by Mike Baggott of Harlequins from English elm and the solid silver plate was purchased from a bullion supplier in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and engraved nearby.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

Walsh Trophy

This trophy was made by Mike Baggott of HOC and is sponsored by Walsh Shoes. The trophy is made of old walnut with a triangular cross-section and an etched plate with an image of Canary Wharf, London. It is awarded annually to the best urban or sprint map drawn to ISSOM specification.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


Bonington Trophy

This trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world-famous mountaineer. The trophy consists of a piece of rock collected from the summit of Mount Everest on Chris' 1985 expedition, mounted on a wooden plinth. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.

Bonington Trophy Nomination Form – can be found here.

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Who are you going to nominate?

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.

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