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Tweet Friday 22nd November 2019

ASCB Lifetime Achievement Award for Charles Bromley Gardner

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bromley Gardner MBE on receiving an Army Sports Control Board Lifetime Achievement Award for his Services to Army Sports.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bromley Gardner MBE (photographed above) with his Lifetime Achievement Award.  Photo credit: BFBS

Col Charles has had an active role across skiing, rugby, athletics and of course, orienteering throughout his regular and reserve service both in terms of personal performance and officiating.

The awards ceremony took place at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last night (Thursday 21 November 2019), to celebrate with the winners and other sportsmen and women from across the British Army.

The Army Orienteering Association says: "We are immensely proud of Charles’ huge contribution to Army orienteering, his selfless dedication to excellence and insurmountable willingness to assist novices in any sport."  

British Orienteering Chief Executive Peter Hart, says: 
"I have known Charles since my early days in the Army back in 1980, what I did not realise until last night was not only his huge contribution to army and civilian orienteering but how passionate and how much he contributes to other sports such as athletics, Nordic skiing and rugby.

It is fantastic that his enthusiasm, love and contribution to sport has been recognised in this way and he thoroughly deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award."

Live from the Army Sports Awards
Charles Bromley Gardner receiving his award

Many, many congratulations!  For more information and to watch the inspirational Army Sports Awards at RMA Sandhurst where the top Army athletes are honoured and Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bromley Gardner MBE receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award here

To just watch Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bromley Gardner MBE receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award ship forward to 1:10.

 

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Tweet Friday 22nd November 2019

Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards Open for Nominations

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

Volunteers are at the heart of our sport.  Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  

All nominations for the awards below should be made by Friday 6 March 2020 and sent to info@britishorienteering.org.uk 

For details on the awards for mapping click here.  

All awards will be presented at the 2020 British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 April 2020 at 5 pm (on Day 1 of the JK 2020).  

JK 2019 Relays. Photo credit: Edward Lines

The Award Categories open for nominations: 

1.  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?

If the answer is “Yes” why not enter the British Orienteering Club of the Year Award.

Winning clubs from the last three years:  

2018 South Yorkshire Orienteers 
2017 Bristol Orienteering Klub
2016 Solway Orienteering Club
JK 2019.  Photo credit:  Rob Lines

2.  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. 

Winning clubs from the last three years: 

2018 Loughborough University Orienteering Club
2017 Edinburgh University Orienteering Club
2016 Cambridge University Orienteering Club
JK Sprint 2019.  Credit:  Rob Lines

3.  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 winners from the last three years: 

2018 Holly Stodgell (WCH) 
2017 Matthew Fellbaum (EUOC)
2016 Dom Dakin (SYO)

 

4.  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 winners from the last three years: 

2018 Jason Falconer 
2017 Gillian Rowan-Wilde
2016 Liz Yeadon
JK Relays 2019.  Photo credit:  Edward Lines

5.  Volunteer of the Year Award

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

Last year's winner:

2018 Alan Honey (Bristol Orienteering Klub) 
BOC 2019.  Credit:  Rob Lines

6.  SILVA Award

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.

Winner's of the SILVA Award from the last three years: 

2018 John Warren 
2017 Phil Basford 
2016 Anthony McGonigle

Nominations are now open! 
Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  Who are you going to nominate? 

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All nominations for the awards below should be made by Friday 6 March 2020 and sent to info@britishorienteering.org.uk 

For details on the awards for mapping click here.  

All awards will be presented at the 2020 British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 April 2020 at 5pm (on Day 1 of the JK 2020).  

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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 Friday 4th January 2019

Working Group to Consider Future Strategy for the Funding of the Performance Pathway

Sport England ceased to give financial support to the Performance Programme in 2017. It is likely that they will withdraw the current funding from the Talent Programme in 2021.

This will then be the first time for at least 20 years that the Performance Pathway of British Orienteering has been without significant funding from statutory bodies such as UK Sport and the four Home Nation Sports Councils.* This is, therefore, an appropriate time for a thorough review of the performance part of the “Orienteering Development Pathway – Learning to train through to performing at World class level.”

The talent and performance steering group have asked Mark Saunders (BOK/SWOC) to set up a small working group to carry out such a review including consulting widely with all stakeholders - Athletes, Leaders, Coaches, Parents and others.

The review will consider:

  • The aim of the Performance Pathway – taking as a starting point output from the 2018 Clubs and Association conference.
    (Conference notes can be found here).
  • Guiding principles.
  • Current situation and issues.
  • Potential solutions and their evaluation.
  • Funding.

In the first place, Mark is looking for expressions of interest from any members who would like to be part of such a working group. Please email Mark at marksaunders@britishorienteering.org.uk by 25th January 2019.

Terms of reference for the Working Group including timescales can be seen here.  
 

* Note. Whilst the working assumption is that there will be little or no external funding from the likes of Sport England, this should not be taken to mean that British Orienteering has given up trying to get such funding.

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