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Tweet Thursday 16th July 2020

Return to Orienteering Guidance for the UK

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly and within the relevant Government guidance.

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the Government guidelines and regulations.

British Orienteering has developed a dedicated webpage here

On this webpage the guidance for each of the nations will be updated accordingly as further announcements by local or national Governments are made.

Latest Guidance:

All guidance is subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by local or national Governments.

England

Full club guidance England 13 July 2020

Wales

Full club guidance Wales 15 July 2020

Northern Ireland

Full club guidance NI 14 July 2020

Scotland

SOA event guidance 15 July 2020

SOA COVID 19 Risk Assessment phase 3

Scottish Orienteering reactivation phase 3

This webpage also includes links to key documents and information to support clubs and participants in delivering safe orienteering and includes the following support resources:

 

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Tweet Wednesday 12th August 2020

JK2021 Festival of Orienteering and Expressions of Interest Questionnaire

On behalf of Roger Hargreaves and Christine Vince, JK2021 Coordinators

We hope that you are keeping well and staying safe during this difficult time for everyone. The JK2020 team were very disappointed to have to cancel the event at Easter 2020.

Many of you will be aware that the time from start to finish for planning, organising and controlling a JK is usually a two and a half year period. To this end, the JK2021 organising team are busy with preparations for the four days that we hope will make up the JK 2021 Festival of Orienteering in Cornwall next year.

However, with the uncertainty regarding many aspects of delivering orienteering events that are now only just over six months away we have to plan for as many possible scenarios as we can think of.

Together with British Orienteering, the JK 2021 team have put together a short questionnaire to try and gauge orienteers reactions to a range of matters that we feel might make a difference to whether you might or might not come and take part in JK2021.  All of these are subject of course to any lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures in force at Easter in 2021.  T

Questionnaire to inform the JK2021 organising team

This short questionnaire starts to try and find out what orienteers are thinking about with regard to coming to JK2021. This survey will help to inform our provisional plans for Easter 2021. 

On behalf of British Orienteering and the JK2021 organising team thank you for your time in advance for completing this questionnaire.

The JK2021 Questionnaire can be found here.

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Tweet Monday 10th August 2020

Selection Race Update - Entries are now open!

Having spent much of the past three days working on the final details, we can announce that we will be holding the Selection Race Weekend on 28th-30th August in the Southern Lakes.

The race programme will comprise a Sprint in Windermere on Friday (28 August) late afternoon (starts from approximately 4.30pm - 6pm), a Long on Saturday afternoon (29 August) and a Middle on Sunday morning (30 August), with both forest races being held on the Graythwaite Estate. Both of these areas are now under embargo until the conclusion of the race weekend.

Entries are now open via SiEntries here.

Selection Race Weekend

The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday 23rd August.

All races will be seeded in accordance with British Orienteering rules and start times based on this process. The details of the race specifics are currently being worked on by the team of organisers, planners and controllers and we hope that provisional details will be published soon.

We will also ensure that all racing will comply with the latest covid-secure guidelines. If athletes are unable to attend the racing weekend for fitness, personal or COVID related reasons, they should contact Paul Murgatroyd (pmurgatroyd@britishorienteering.org.uk) and outline their situation, so that this can be considered by the selection panel.

The races will be used to select for EJOC and the Talent Assessment camp/squad and the final selection policy documents related to this are being worked on currently and should be up on the British Orienteering website by the end of this week.

Paul Murgatroyd
Head Coach for Talent
British Orienteering

 

EYOC and Junior European Championships Update
Previous news article can be found here.

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Tweet Thursday 21st May 2020

British Orienteering 39th Annual General Meeting

British Orienteering  would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our 2020 Annual General Meeting which will take place on Saturday, 1st August 2020.

We note the current issues surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the rapidly developing public health guidance in the UK at the time of writing. This includes social distancing requirements, additional guidance for those over the age of 70 or with underlying medical conditions, and restrictions on public gatherings. The health and safety of our members and staff is always our utmost priority.

We have therefore decided to hold the AGM in our offices. If the public health guidance remains unchanged, we regretfully will not be able to run an AGM event as in previous years, and members will not be able to attend in person. We will, however, ensure that an appropriate videoconferencing solution is in place to enable those members who wish to take part in the AGM to do so remotely.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the latest available public health guidance and will provide updates concerning our AGM on our website at www.britishorienteering.org.uk. Members will still be able to submit questions either before or at the meeting.

All members are welcome to attend.

Please see the details below.

 

BRITISH ORIENTEERING FEDERATION LIMITED

Registered in England & Wales No.1606472

39th Annual General Meeting 

SATURDAY, 1ST AUGUST 2020 AT 17:00

 

British Orienteering Federation Limited National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5FY

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the above-named Company will be held at the British Orienteering Offices, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5FY on Saturday, 1st August 2020.

The AGM is called for the transaction of the following business:

  • Apologies for absence
  • To receive the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 19th April 2019.
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • To receive from the Board the Company's accounts
  • Chief Executive’s Report
  • Proposals
  • to appoint the Company's auditors
  • to decide the annual subscriptions and affiliation fees
  • to transact such other business as may be legitimately brought before it;
  • to appoint (as appropriate) the President, and Vice-President(s); and
  • to elect the Elected Directors in place of those retiring.
  • Any Other Business
  • Closing of AGM

Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Chief Executive – peter.hart@britishorienteering.org.uk by 17:00, Thursday, 11th June 2020.

Further details on the business of the AGM, including the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy form, will be posted on British Orienteering’s website on or before Friday, 10th July 2020

 

Directors

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. 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, and 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 (peter.hart@britishorienteering.org.uk)

 

Nominations must be submitted by 17:00, Thursday, 11th June 2020.

Voting - How do I vote?

In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage you to consider ensuring your vote is counted by submission of the proxy form online or by post further details will be distributed with the AGM papers. However, a voting on the day system will be enabled.

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 Friday, 10th July 2020 you will soon receive your AGM email which will include the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy process from the email address: elections@mi-voice.com 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 support@mi-voice.com.

AGM voting electronically will close at 17:00 on Thursday, 30th July 2020.

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