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.
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.
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
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Chief Executive – email@example.com 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGM voting electronically will close at 17:00 on Thursday, 30th July 2020.