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.
How are you planning to get involved and support World Orienteering Week?
There are plenty of ways to join in with all of the UK Orienteering fun!
Take part in the events that are already planned to take place across the UK. Check out this list of club activities and events.
FREE Orienteering Resource Pack available to download for World Orienteering Week!
Primary School Teachers and Youth Leaders are encouraged to download the FREE resource pack and be part of World Orienteering Week.
This free resource takes just 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to carry out.
Find out more here.