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Grace Molloy to be Keynote Speaker

British Orienteering is excited to announce that Grace Molloy will be the Keynote Speaker on Saturday 11th January at the 2020 National Development Conference. 

Grace Molloy
Left to right:  Megan Keith, Grace Molloy, Fiona Bunn

As a young elite athlete, Grace already 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.  

The conference also takes in ways to increase and support your orienteers, club publicity, club projects you can adapt for your own club alongside further discussion on the youth strategy. 

Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 11th  and Sunday 12th  January 2020,  the conference will be taking place at the YHA National Forest, Swadlincote, near Burton on Trent and has secured exclusive use of the venue. This will allow members to stay overnight with fellow orienteers to really add the social atmosphere and providing an excellent opportunity for networking.   

 A key part of the conference will see presentations of some great projects from clubs across the country. If you would like to share your story get in touch with Peter Brooke on pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk.   

 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 (11th January) sessions will run between 11:00 and 17:30, with Sunday (12th January) commencing at 09:00 through to 15:00.   

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

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Tweet Wednesday 13th November 2019

Megan Keith wins Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019

Megan Keith (Inverness Orienteering Club) has won the award of Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019 at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards dinner held last week in recognition of her fantastic achievements this year. 

Megan Keith 

Many congratulations to you Megan!  

The award was presented by sportscotland at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards dinner 2019 which was attended by Judy Murray and Catriona Matthew.  Read more here.

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Tweet Wednesday 13th November 2019

Teaching Orienteering Courses Available

These courses are aimed at teachers, uniformed group leaders and staff working in outdoor centres.

South Yorkshire

  • Thursday 27 February 2020:  Kingswood - Dearne Valley, Doncaster DN12 4EA

Northumberland

  • Tuesday 31 March 2020:  Kingswood - Dukehouse Wood, Hexham NE46 1TP

Kent

  • Wednesday 8th January 2020:  Grosvenor Hall, Ashford TN25 4AJ

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduce young people to orienteering in a safe environment
  • Plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map
  • Plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering
  • Organise and deliver simple orienteering competition
  • Be able to advise young people on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

The courses will run 09:30 – 16:30.

Course fee: £90.00 which includes refreshments and lunch.

To make a booking: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/trainingcourses

For more information please contact Howard Blackman; Email: hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk or Telephone 07768 334207.

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Tweet Thursday 7th November 2019

Juniors have a “wild time” at their New Forest Camp!

Over 20 juniors from clubs in the south assembled at the Youth Hostel in Burley, New Forest for a 2-day training camp last weekend.   Juniors aged 11-13 years at Orange standard from Southdowns Orienteers, Quantock Orienteers, Wimborne Orienteers, SARUM Orienteering Club, Guildford Orienteers, Southern Navigators, Dartford Orienteering Klubb, South London Orienteers came together for a weekend of orienteering training and fun social time.

Photo credit:  Steve Rush, Karen Mills-Hicks and Sarah Robertson

On the first evening was a mini Night-O through the forest next to the hostel.  For most of the youngsters, this was their first try at Night-O, so the 600m course with 7 controls had glowsticks to sign the way.   They ran it once, then ran it again, aiming to beat their own time!   “I never imagined I could run in the forest at night!” said one enthusiastic junior.

The weather closed in through the night, so by the morning the rain was pelting down and wind roaring in the trees.  It didn’t take long for everyone to decide that watching rugby and playing Uno would be more fun for a couple of hours! 

Once the wild weather subsided, the group headed out to Wilverley Inclosure, a lovely “Gruffalo Wood”, with huge trees and a nice variety of features.  After a reminder about orientating the map and attack points, the juniors ran a Short Orange and then divided into teams for a “Harris Relay”.  Each team divided up the 16 controls, deciding who should go to which – first-team back were the winners!  

After much fun and laughter during the evening and a quieter night, the team made the short journey to the November Classic at Bramshaw.   There was a fantastic total of 53 entries on the Orange course, with juniors from the camp taking first and second place!  All the camp juniors completed the course and were happily reunited with their parents to round off the weekend.

“My son said he really enjoyed it and would definitely go again next year.” said one parent.  "This camp is very beneficial for many juniors since they don’t get dedicated training in their club and are too young for their regional squad.” said another.  “The social aspect is great, helping them make new orienteering friendships at an early age.” said one of the parent volunteer coaches.  
 

Many thanks go to all the parent volunteers, YHA staff and members of Southampton orienteering Club and SARUM Orienteering Club who helped to make the camp such a great success.

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