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.
British Orienteering has published a series of interviews with some of our GB athletes and it has been great to hear of all about their really positive on-going training activity and advice.
Yesterday we heard from Euan Tryner in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and member of South Yorkshire Orienteers.
To round off this set of interviews with our GB athletes the final interview today is with Ben Squire who is in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and a member of Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.
Club: Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC)
How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
“I'm still managing to get out most days of the week and as there are no competitions coming up I have mixed things up a bit with my training. I've been cycling more and have used the rollers that we 'panic bought' before lockdown happened.”
Before Lockdown did you attend any of the talent training camps? If so, what were the key things that you enjoyed?
“Being a part of the talent squad, I went to 4 camps over the winter and early spring in the Lake District and Scotland. These allowed me to practise my techniques in areas better than the East Midlands! They also gave me the chance to talk to coaches 1-1 about my training which I found useful. Also a great time to catch up with people who I wouldn't see outside of major competitions.”
What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position with their on-going training?
“Try out new types of training, keep things fresh and use this time with no competitions to train consistently with the hope that the season restarts in the Autumn.”
What is your number one Lockdown training session?
“Long runs exploring different places with less people around and enjoying the nice weather we've been having.”
Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
“I've still kept in touch with friends through social media who I'd been looking forward to seeing at the JK and British Champs. My Dad is my coach so there's no getting away from training!”
What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
“Money Heist and Brooklyn 99 which are both very good.”
Have you got any Lockdown projects on the go at the moment?
“My running club has a Covid-19 virtual relay where everyone is allocated a team (odds/even) depending on your birthday. You then run for 19 minutes with a baton of your choice (an orienteering flag as my choice) and post your distance on the club page adding a bit of competition at this time. I'm looking forward to the Lockdown Orienteering event also too.”
Thank you Ben. We wish you all the very best with your on-going training.
Thank you to all the GB athletes for helping and providing a useful insight into their training during lockdown. On behalf of British Orienteering members we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you competing for GB in the future when it is safe to do so once again.
As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so.
The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found here.
Resumption of Orienteering
As we continue our preparations for the next stage of government restrictions being eased, British Orienteering is pleased to announce a Question and Answer webinar on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan.
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been really pleased with the positive responses from members and clubs to the Back to Orienteering Action Plan. As we move towards the next phase and look ahead to how local events may look, we are hosting this webinar to hear your questions directly and discuss what the practicalities of orienteering could be over the next few months.
The session will feature Peter Hart and the development team at British Orienteering, next Tuesday 9th June at 7:30pm.
We encourage questions to be sent in in advance in order to group certain questions and themes together. Questions can also be asked live during the webinar using the usual function.
Register HERE for the webinar.
Send in questions in advance to Peter Brooke on firstname.lastname@example.org
British Orienteering will continue to monitor the situation and work together with associations, clubs and volunteers to resume orienteering events and activities as soon as it is safe to do so. We would like to thank every one of our associations, clubs and members for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the sport soon.
We understand that this has been, and continues to be, an incredibly tough time for everyone. In these circumstances, it’s natural that we all feel the desire to start orienteering again and to enjoy the freedom of racing through forests, hills and urban areas.
We believe that restarting orienteering after this hiatus will be a long and gradual process. The consequences of this unprecedented global health crisis will be long-lasting and potentially unpredictable. We do not yet know what form the release of lockdown will take, but it may vary between different nations or regions of the UK.
The approach we take will be led at all times by the guidance issued by the relevant government authorities.
Getting orienteering going again will present a new set of challenges for our sport, and we will likely need to make some compromises on the form and standard of competition.
We are aware that the situation can change quickly and have not addressed issues such as masks, protective equipment or over 70’s participation as these are not covered under government guidance.
British Orienteering has been working on a draft consultation document looking at the potential requirements and phased return to the sport once the current government guidance is relaxed and welcome feedback from members.
Please find a copy of this draft consultation document here below.
Responses should be sent directly to Peter.Hart@britishorienteering.org.uk
We will also be contacting as many Club Chairs as possible over the next seven days to receive soft feedback. Ideally could you please send your feedback by Thursday, 7 May 2020.
Finally, I would emphasize that we all should be following government guidelines in respect of exercise and non-essential travel. We will continue to review the different government agencies guidelines and react accordingly in conjunction with the appropriate Association.
Stay safe and I look forward to hearing your suggestions on the consultation.
Chief Executive Officer