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Tweet Friday 16th October 2020

Guidelines for Orienteering in England 16 October 2020

On 12 October the Prime Minister announced a new system of COVID-19 restrictions to replace the existing local lockdown measures in individual areas.

Under the new scheme, local areas will be placed in one of three tiers; Tier 1 (Medium), Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).

Tier 1 areas are subject to the existing national restriction measures such as the ‘rule of six’.

Those areas within Tier 2 see additional restrictions, such as a ban on households mixing indoors.

In Tier 3 areas, indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor sports facilities are required to close by law.

However, an exemption applies which allows these venues to be used by under 18s and people with a disability. Within each of these tiers, organised outdoor sporting activity can continue and remains exempt from restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather, subject to this taking place under approved guidance.

Detailed guidance on what you can do in each of these tiers is available here:

The government has also published a postcode checker to find out which tier your local area is in.

The new system has implications for orienteering and we have updated our Return to Orienteering Guidance.

Anyone organising or taking part in an orienteering event or activity must ensure that they are aware of the local COVID alert level both in their home area and at the intended venue for their activity, and act in line with the restrictions which apply.

British Orienteering has created a matrix of activities to show which orienteering activities are permitted at each alert level, subject to landowner permission.

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Tweet Thursday 22nd October 2020

Get Active This Autumn - download free orienteering activities and get a chance to win fabulous prizes

Juniors and families are being encouraged to take part in Autumn Orienteering activities available for download and share a photo of their experiences to win fabulous prizes.

Sport and physical activity provide immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health and Orienteering is extremely well placed to provide a socially distanced and exciting activity for all ages.

To help you with getting active this Autumn and embrace the outdoors, British Orienteering has designed a new set of FREE downloadable activities for families to do at home, in the garden or in your local green spaces. Match Autumn colour markers with something you can find in nature of that colour. Or explore your local green spaces and learn in the outdoors by identifying specific trees as highlighted on your activity sheet or create courses with our handy tree Orienteering markers.

There are also over 500 Permanent Orienteering Courses across the UK providing families with opportunities of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way.  Some clubs have also developed these virtually, so you can simply complete courses with your GPS smartphone or watch. Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses can be completed at any time, and at your own pace. You just need to download a map and away you go!

Check out the British Orienteering Get Active page for autumn inspiration and downloadable FREE orienteering activity resources children can do at home or in the garden and find further details about the competition.

To further encourage young people and families to Get Active this Autumn in a safe environment, British Orienteering has partnered with www.BrightBikeLights.com to give you the opportunity of winning prizes such as one of the latest Ferei Headlamp (worth £94) helping to continue to stay active and enjoy even more orienteering when the dark winter nights set in.  

To enter all you have to do is share your photographs of you and/or your family Orienteering to British Orienteering’s Facebook page or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #getactivethisautumn

Whether you are a member or non-member of British Orienteering, families and specifically those under 21 years old are invited to take part in these Orienteering activities between now and the 30 November 2020. Entries shared with us on Twitter and Facebook will automatically entered into the free photo competition.  Terms and conditions apply.

British Orienteering want you to have fun this Autumn, and enjoy and share in the fun that orienteering can provide at a time that suits you within the government COVID19 restrictions in the area where you live.

To find out more visit:  www.britishorienteering.org.uk/Get_Active

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Tweet Wednesday 21st October 2020

British Orienteering eLearning offers fresh and interactive Event Safety Course

British Orienteering now offers new online learning platform.

British Orienteering eLearning offers a fresh and interactive approach to the ‘Event Safety Course’ 

Attendance at a British Orienteering Event Safety and Welfare Workshop is a mandatory requirement for all Organisers, Planners, Controllers and other key officials at all levels of British Orienteering registered Events.

Howard Blackman, Business Development Officer, says: “This course aims to provide for both current and prospective event organisers and planners an overview of the safety requirements and issues that may arise in staging an orienteering event. It has a particular focus on risk management and the means of controlling risks at acceptable levels. We anticipate that those undertaking the course will have had previous experience in carrying out risk assessments.”

This interactive activity is focused on supporting the learner to understand how to identify, access and control to an acceptable level the risks involved with an event.

This eLearning course is currently cost-free until 31 December 2020, from the 1 January 2021 the price will be £10.00. 

The course will take approximately an hour to complete and you will also receive the following:

  • Certificate
  • Authorised to be a key official at a British Orienteering registered event
  • Quick links to supporting resources, forms and policies

To access the course, click here to set up your login for our eLearning platform, then select the course from the menu. If you are a British Orienteering member, please note that you will need to set up a login when you access the eLearning platform rather than using your British Orienteering login.  Perfect for the approaching dark nights!

If you have any ideas on other modules that British Orienteering could develop please email:  hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Wednesday 6th May 2020

British Orienteering Awards 2019

Over the next week, British Orienteering are pleased to announce the winners of the both the Mapping and Volunteer Awards for 2019.

Today we start with the winner for The Chichester Trophy in mapping.

The map awards for maps used in 2019 are decided on submissions provided by clubs and mappers. The judges were Ray Barnes, Brian Bullen and Susan Marsden with the scoring is based on specification, cartography and presentation.

The Chichester Trophy is presented for the best map by an amateur mapper.

The three judges agreed that the winning map is:

Arncliffe & Kilnsey North by Tony Thornley (Airienteers).

On hearing about his award Tony said: 

"I am delighted to have been awarded the Chichester Trophy for my map for last year’s British Champs. The trophy is very special; it is the binnacle compass from the yacht Gipsy Moth V. Sir Francis presented it to British Orienteering when he was president in 1971, shortly before he died. Along with the British Orienteering Championships M21E ‘King of the Forest’ trophy it is probably the most iconic and special of all British Orienteering awards.

As well as making the first single-handed circumnavigation of the world, Sir Francis was a navigator and map maker so the Chichester Trophy represents a cartographic tradition. My orienteering mapping goes back almost 50 years, through pen and ink, via scribing, to computer cartography. I very much hope that others will continue to carry this tradition forwards over the next 50 years.

A big thank you to many friends who have helped me develop my mapping skills, and to those who made last year’s British Orienteering CHampionships a success, and to my wife Jo for tolerating endless orienteering projects. I hope we can get back to making and using maps soon."

Tony Thornley (Airienteers)

Terry Smith Acting Chair Map Advisory Group, says:  

“The stated aim of the Mapping Awards is to encourage and recognise high standards of mapping. Some opportunities for improvement that the judges identified include adhering to the British Orienteering Rules for mapping and using the British Orienteering symbol sets, improving generalisation and getting the scale correct.”

“The judges found it exceedingly difficult to differentiate between many of the maps submitted for several of the trophies. All those who submitted maps should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

“The judges would like to send their appreciation and congratulations to all entries for the high standard this year.”

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