British Orienteering has announced that orienteering will return to England on 1st August 2020 (subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by the government).
British Orienteering will release Return to Orienteering Guidelines [England] by the 13th July 2020 to support clubs and the orienteering community across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.
The Board and staff at British Orienteering has worked on these guidelines, which are in line with the latest Government guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions, including the specific guidelines on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation published on the Gov.uk website.
British Orienteering has looked at other sports, specifically golf in terms of shaping the guidelines.
In creating these guidelines, British Orienteering aims to provide clubs, members and the community with clarity on how the sport can resume and how best to create a safe environment and comply with the current restrictions imposed by the government.
British Orienteering is reviewing their guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice to understand what is possible and permissible as conditions are being relaxed. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
New guidance has been announced by governments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man easing restrictions on the number of people you can meet outside which impacts on how and where individuals can exercise.
We are awaiting more details of how exactly the guidance will apply to orienteers across all nations and will update this statement once official guidance has been published.
In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can provide orienteers with clear information on what is possible and permissible in the current phase of lockdown measures being eased.
Are you looking for some club specific guidance and not sure where to look?
In addition to support from British Orienteering, Sport England’s Club Matters website has lots of additional guidance and support that’s freely available for clubs to access that is invaluable in the current climate. Ever since Sport England’s Clubmark scheme finished in November last year, the Club Matters website has provided a one stop shop for sports clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.
Following last year’s announcement of the Clubmark scheme closing, British Orienteering continues to recommend clubs utilise the positive structures the scheme helped to establish as best practice. With the continued support of the Club Matters website, clubs can easily find hints and tips to ensure that they run to the best and safest structures. The Club Improvement Tool especially allows clubs to think about where they perform well and identify areas to improve.
To find out more visit: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/
BRITISH ORIENTEERING FEDERATION LIMITED
Registered in England & Wales No.1606472
Notice is hereby given that the 39th Annual General Meeting of the above-named Company will be held at River Tees Watersports Centre, The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NL on Friday, 10 April 2020 at 17:00. All members are welcome to attend.
British Orienteering is looking forward to welcoming all members to this year's Annual General Meeting at the River Tees Watersports Centre after a first competitive day of the JK 2020.
Please note a quick summary of key dates that are fast approaching!
Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Chief Executive – firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00, Thursday, 20 February 2020.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is called for the transaction of the following business:
Further details of the business of the AGM, including the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy form, will be posted on British Orienteering’s website on or before Tuesday, 17 March 2020.
The closing date for proposals and nominations for Directors is Thursday 20 February - now less than one week away!
All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members. For further information or a preliminary discussion, please contact the Chief Executive or Chair.
British Orienteering is looking for new elected directors to take office at the AGM, which will be held at the JK in April 2020. There are three places on the board up for election.
These include two vacancies: One for a two-year directorship, replacing Graham Patten, who has resigned. One for a three-year directorship, replacing Judith Holt, who will stand down having served the maximum of three consecutive terms as a director. Ruth Beale has agreed to stand for election for a further three-year term as a director, having come to the end of her first term.
This is an exciting time to become a director, with the strategic refresh offering a real chance to shape the future of orienteering in the UK. Providing strategic direction for the sport is at the heart of the role of the board of directors, alongside overseeing the operations of British Orienteering in delivering this strategy. There will also be opportunities for directors who wish to do so to take on additional responsibilities that match their interests and expertise. Board meetings take place four times per year, on a mix of weekdays and Saturdays, and currently alternate between Birmingham, Manchester and London, with further business conducted by email or teleconference between meetings.
These roles are voluntary and unpaid, although reasonable expenses (such as travel to board meetings) will be reimbursed. To function effectively, the board needs directors from across the orienteering community, and nominations for election are welcome from all adult members of British Orienteering. The board would particularly welcome nominations from groups which are currently underrepresented on the board, including women, and people from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you wish to discuss becoming a director or would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact Peter Hart (email@example.com)
Nominations must be submitted to Peter Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by 17:00 Thursday, 20 February 2020.
Please click here for more information on how to nominate.
All nominations are to be sent to email@example.com by Friday 6 March 2020.
The AGM will immediately be followed by British Orienteering Awards Ceremony where the following awards will be presented.
Voting - How do I vote?
Members will receive an invitation to vote in advance of the British Orienteering AGM by email from Mi-Voice, an independent organisation, who are supporting British Orienteering with the process.
On or before Tuesday, 17 March 2020 you will soon receive your AGM email which will include the Agenda and Voting by Proxy process from the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to participate. This information will also be posted on the British Orienteering website. If the email does not arrive in your inbox please ensure that you check your junk folder.
If you are unable to locate your AGM email please contact Mi-Voice, by telephone (+44) 023 8076 3987 or email email@example.com.
AGM electronic voting will close at 17:00 on Wednesday, 8 April 2020.
Thank you for your support.