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Tweet Tuesday 7th July 2020

Return to Orienteering in England

British Orienteering has announced that orienteering will return to England on 1st August 2020 (subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by the government).

 

British Orienteering will release Return to Orienteering Guidelines [England] by the 13th July 2020 to support clubs and the orienteering community across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.

 

The Board and staff at British Orienteering has worked on these guidelines, which are in line with the latest Government guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions, including the specific guidelines on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation published on the Gov.uk website.

 

British Orienteering has looked at other sports, specifically golf in terms of shaping the guidelines.

 

In creating these guidelines, British Orienteering aims to provide clubs, members and the community with clarity on how the sport can resume and how best to create a safe environment and comply with the current restrictions imposed by the government.

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Tweet Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Resumption of Orienteering Update 1 June 2020

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.

 

Further details can be found here.

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Tweet Monday 6th July 2020

Club Support and Clubmark

Are you looking for some club specific guidance and not sure where to look?

In addition to support from British Orienteering, Sport England’s Club Matters website has lots of additional guidance and support that’s freely available for clubs to access that is invaluable in the current climate.  Ever since Sport England’s Clubmark scheme finished in November last year, the Club Matters website has provided a one stop shop for sports clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport.  Club matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.

Following last year’s announcement of the Clubmark scheme closing, British Orienteering continues to recommend clubs utilise the positive structures the scheme helped to establish as best practice.  With the continued support of the Club Matters website, clubs can easily find hints and tips to ensure that they run to the best and safest structures. The Club Improvement Tool especially allows clubs to think about where they perform well and identify areas to improve.

To find out more visit: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/

 

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Tweet Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Interview #9: Training in Lockdown with Alice Leake (Airienteers)

British Orienteering is continuing to publish a series of interviews with GB elite orienteering athletes focusing on their training during lockdown.

This series of interviews now continues with Alice Leake GB elite athlete and member of Airienteers.

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Alice Leake

Club: Airienteers (AIRE)

Athlete Profile

 

How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
Alice: I’m lucky that, other than the inability to go orienteering and having to do my club interval sessions alone, my training isn’t too different from how it was before the lockdown.

I was originally supposed to be attending several sprint training weekends in the UK and a World Orienteering Championships training camp in Denmark, however these were obviously cancelled in light of the current restrictions.

Instead I’ve been enjoying the flexibility of being able to train in the daytime as I’m working from home now, and just trying to maintain my current good running form with a training programme similar to what I was doing throughout the winter. I plan to keep on with this until we know more about when any orienteering races might take place.”

Alice Leake (Airienteers)

How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
Alice: I’m lucky that, other than the inability to go orienteering and having to do my club interval sessions alone, my training isn’t too different from how it was before the lockdown.

I was originally supposed to be attending several sprint training weekends in the UK and a World Orienteering Championships training camp in Denmark, however these were obviously cancelled in light of the current restrictions.

Instead I’ve been enjoying the flexibility of being able to train in the daytime as I’m working from home now, and just trying to maintain my current good running form with a training programme similar to what I was doing throughout the winter. I plan to keep on with this until we know more about when any orienteering races might take place.”

 

What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position?
Alice: “Obviously do what works for you and your individual circumstances, but I’ve found exercise to be really good for my mental health and for keeping a sense of normality at the moment.

This could be a good opportunity to work on your overall fitness – for example I’ve been trying to do some more core work and stretching as I know this is an area I don’t always make time for when life is busy.

However I think there’s nothing wrong with just exercising for enjoyment at the moment and doing whatever brings you happiness right now – whether that be going for a run, taking part in lockdown orienteering, looking at old courses online, or just checking in with a clubmate.”

 

What is your number one Lockdown training session?
Alice: “I’ve really been enjoying getting out for a long run each week. Normally it feels like a bit of a chore trying to fit them in, but with more free time I’ve really been appreciating exploring new footpaths in my local area and taking the time to notice new things.”

 

Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
Alice: “Yes. We’ve been having regular catch up calls and WhatsApp groups to keep each other motivated, and my running coach has been sending me two sessions to complete each week. It’s helped me to feel less worried about the uncertainty of the situation as it’s given some structure to my weeks, and I trust that my fitness will still be there when the races do return. I like knowing that, even if we’re not physically together, we’re all still suffering through the intervals and accountable to each other!”

 

What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
Alice: “Series 1 and 2 of Race Across the World – getting my travel fix without leaving the sofa!”

 

Have you been doing any DIY tasks – anything you want to tell us about?
Alice: “I don’t think DIY is my strong point! I’ve been learning to cook some new dishes instead.”

 

Thanks Alice. Wishing you all the very best with your on-going training.

 

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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 Board of Directors at British Orienteering 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.

The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found here.
Resumption of Orienteering

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