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Share  Tweet Friday 21st January 2022

WOW! World Orienteering Day to take place 11 - 17 May 2022

The goals of World Orienteering Day are about increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in school orienteering activities, as well as club orienteering activities in all countries of all National Federations. It is also about helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Each World Orienteering Day event gives those new to orienteering the possibility to try our amazing sport!

The dates for World Orienteering Day 2022 are between the 11th and the 17th of May, and any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

Find out more here

11 - 17 May 2022
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Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

Development Conference – Week 2 Summary

We can’t believe it!  We are halfway through the Development Conference already.

This week British Orienteering was delighted to put on three more diverse sessions.

On Monday, Neil Cameron from The Orienteering Foundation presented the Retaining Beginner Orienteers session using key points from their Newcomers Retention Project.  This project looked at the welcome newcomers get through club websites – how they look and how user-friendly they are for a newcomer to navigate through.  The importance of knowing the demographic your club wishes to attract and putting things in place to practically extend a warm welcome was emphasised.

Supporting Club Development through the employment of a Club Development Officer was the focus on Tuesday evening.  Andrew Evans opened the session by presenting how The Orienteering Foundation supports clubs through funding development initiatives.  Caroline Mackenzie, from a club committee perspective, then talked about how Cleveland Orienteering Klub shaped a plan and recruited a Club Development Officer. Mary Fleming then finished the session by sharing some of the development work, including ‘Couch2Green’, she has been working on at Cleveland Orienteering Klub since her appointment.  The Orienteering Foundation, with the support of British Orienteering, would love to see clubs apply for funding for future development projects.

The topic on Wednesday was Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective.  We were delighted to invite Richard Burke and Leanne Sargeant from Forestry England.  Richard is involved in Recreation Management and Leanne is an Ecologist, responsible for managing the issues in forests in Southern England, including the unique habitat of the New Forest.  The session gave us an appreciation of the balance between encouraging recreation and ensuring Conservation and Biodiversity.

There are still four more Development Conference sessions available to book on to. 

Monday 24 January   WOC 2024 Development Opportunities Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association
Thursday 27 January Women’s Sporting Journeys Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys
Tuesday 1 February Safeguarding Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering
Wednesday 2 February Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

To find out more information and to register click here.

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Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

British Orienteering Announces Review of Accreditation Scheme

British Orienteering is proud to announce a review of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre Scheme.

This review aims to cover the process, structure, benefits, and purpose of the accreditation. The objectives are to seek insight from all stakeholders, act on the insight received and ensure compatibility with the Strategic plan 2022-2027.

British Orienteering wants to seek the views and thoughts from all outdoor centre and activity providers to help support the Recognised Centre Accreditation (the kitemark for delivering Orienteering) going forwards.

Please find the link to the online questionnaire here.

The questionnaire should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support. Your feedback is important to us.

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Share  Tweet Friday 13th March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19) update - British Orienteering Events

Guidance for Competition Organisers

Introduction

British Orienteering is monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies.

The UK Government has indicated that “banning large gatherings is one of the least effective measures a country can take”.

We recognise that the Scottish Government has taken a different approach in that from Monday (16th March 2020) “all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak”.

British Orienteering will follow the advice of the UK government unless we are instructed to do so by the government or other relevant authorities. For clarification in Scotland events over 500 must follow the advice issued by the Scottish Government.

We take the safety of our members and all those involved in organising and delivering competitions and events very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and potentially introduce further guidance or measures as the situation evolves.
 

Competition Guidance

However, you must not come to any British Orienteering competition or activity if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you have a high temperature
  • If  you have a new continuous cough
  • If you have been in Wuhan city or Hubei Province (China), Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Iran, or the containment areas in northern Italy on or after Saturday 7 March
  • If you have been anywhere in Italy on or after Monday 9 March
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

 

Risk Management

Competition organisers should look at opportunities to reduce the risk of close contact for orienteers, officials and volunteers.  For example:

  • Extended start times
  • Increased size starting pens;
  • No results or awards ceremony at the event (available on line);
  • Reduce areas where people congregate such as club tents, catering, download areas;
  • Where possible source sufficient sanitizers for all areas but recommend that competitors bring their own along;
  • Rubbish to be taken away by participants after the event
  • Consider providing additional information in advance (e.g. about the personal hygiene facilities available at the event) to support people in making an informed decision as to whether to compete
  • Where possible review your Cancellation Policy.

 

As you can appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of any further developments or changes.

 

13 March 2020

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