The aim of the project is to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Orienteering Federations, helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.
To pre-register a World Orienteering Day event for 2019 here.
FREE orienteering resources are also available to download from the British Orienteering website.
Find out more and download resources: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/wow2019
Photo credits: SportIdent
North Wiltshire Orienteers capture hundreds of newcomers with lottery-funded partnership
After the success of the Beat the Street game in Swindon, in January 2019 North Wiltshire Orienteers partnered with Intelligent Health for two fun family events that saw hundreds of newcomers enjoying Street Orienteering for the first time.
In 2018, Beat the Street (funded by the National Lottery and Swindon Borough Council) saw thousands of people navigating around their towns earning points by tapping special electronic cards on units called Beat Boxes, usually attached to lampposts. The game, designed to encourage families to be more active, had obvious similarities to orienteering, and of the towns where Beat the Street ran, Swindon had the highest participation numbers. North Wiltshire Orienteers’ Membership Secretary and Coach Ken Stimson saw a great opportunity to tap into this enthusiasm and offer more fun events for local families.
Including the familiar Beat Boxes at the start, finish, and one mystery location on the course, participants navigated using urban orienteering maps. On offer was a popular, non-competitive ‘go-as-you-please’ approach, locating as many controls as they wanted and earning points for each, or the challenge of a score event with an hour time limit. Over two Saturdays, more than 200 men, women, babies and dogs braved the January drizzle to explore Swindon’s Old Town and Haydon Wick areas.
North Wiltshire Orienteers have run further Beat the Street-inspired events since which saw several families and individuals continuing their newfound interest in the sport. With even more events planned for the summer and into 2020, the positive impact of the partnership looks set to continue for years to come.
Photo credits: Hannah Phillips, North Wiltshire Orienteering Club
British Orienteering has secured an opportunity for orienteering to feature in a UK wide promotion which has now launched in supermarkets across the UK.
The promotion, Happy Eggs Free Adventures, will provide national exposure for our sport as part of a campaign targeted at getting families outside and active. Consumers are prompted to purchase a pack of Happy Eggs and visit www.thehappyegg.co.uk/promotion where they can claim a 2 for 1 voucher.
Craig Anthony, Head of Development at British Orienteering, says:
“This offer applies to local and regional orienteering events and is subject to availability. The free run will only be available to non-members, though members can use the voucher to bring a friend or family member. Please bring your 2 for 1 voucher to the event you are attending. We look forward to welcoming and encouraging new people to try the sport of orienteering.”
Promotion packs will be in store until August and vouchers are valid until the end of October 2019. The campaign will be supported by in-store point of sale, print media and a targeted social media campaign.
This year the British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships are set to take place in the East Midlands on the weekend of 14 and 15 September 2019.
Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on Saturday 13 April 2019.
The British Sprint Championships 2019 - 14 September 2019
The Loughborough University campus is over 400 acres and is predominately a complex mix of residential, academic and sports buildings but does also include some woodland areas. The central campus is on the side of a ridge providing some contour detail and there are expanses of grass in various parts of the campus. The area will create fast and challenging racing that will produce worthy British Champions.
Loughborough University has been announced as “The best University in the world for sports-related subjects”, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports, and also to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff.
Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI) hosted the British Championships at Loughborough University in 2013, and the organising team have been working for several months already in bringing together the event again in 2019. The event centre will be at the Edward Herbert Building, one of the main facilities buildings on the campus, and we again have use of the multi-storey car park to ease access problems. Planning has been underway for many weeks, and the morning heats area, and afternoon finals area will be on different parts of the campus. Please look out for further details on entries and the venue from the British Sprints website, which will be updated as we get nearer to the time of the event.
The British Middle Distance Championships 2019 - 15 September 2019
This year’s Middles Champs take place on Peak District moorland, featuring the intricate contours and quarry workings of Chinley Churn. The gentle western slope of the moor is very fast, while the steep eastern slope with its abundant rock features calls for careful navigation. With rivals visible on the moor, the race may feel more like a sprint than a middle distance.
The Assembly field has great views towards Manchester, as well as of the Finish and last few controls. Binoculars recommended!
Planning is going well, with courses being test-run now to make minor adjustments to climb before maps are printed in August. The top of the moor is at 450 metres, so there is no guessing what September conditions could be.
Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on April 13th, with fees as follows:
SIAC hire for the Sprints and Middles Weekend is free for Juniors who do not already own one. If you would like to take advantage of this, please reserve your SIAC when entering.
Entry on the day will be available for White, Yellow and Orange courses, while maps are available. Entries close at 1 pm.