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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 Monday 26th October 2020

British Orienteering welcomed 80 attendees to their latest webinar

From experiences of returning to traditional events to virtual leagues – the webinar on Tuesday 20 October 2020 enabled 80 attendees from across the home countries to hear directly from club volunteers about their club experiences as well as listen to the latest national picture from British Orienteering presented by Natalie Weir and Ric Gamble.

On the night attendees watching heard from a selection of club speakers including Jon Eaton (WCOC), Colin Dickson (BAOC), Jason Falconer (WSX), Phill Batts (CLOK), Martyn Roome (SROC). 

Juls Hanvey (Sporting Clubs Coordinator – NI) who gave us an overview of an LVO October Outdoors project.  This project highlighted four weeks of adventurous orienteering challenges across three boroughs supported by The Outdoor Partnership NI and delivered via virtual orienteering courses.  This project highlighted how we can potentially start thinking about utilising virtual orienteering courses as a brilliant tool to engage newcomers in the current COVID19 climate.

Sal Chaffey (DVO) and Mike Godfree (DVO) who couldn’t join us on the night have also provided their ideas and experiences of MapRun and this presentation, along with the others featured and the link to the video can be found here. 

British Orienteering continue to be motivated and inspired by all that clubs are doing to embrace, innovate and organise round the current restrictions as well as continuing to try to negotiate permissions and access.

We hope those who attended found being able to hear and share experiences interesting and inspiring.  Please do keep an eye out for future webinars – with the next one likely to be featuring and discussing MapRunG experiences – MapRun on a Garmin Watch.

Further details will be announced on the British Orienteering website shortly.

Permanent Orienteering Course control
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Did you know? 

British Orienteering has a dedicated webinars page on the website where all the webinars produced are listed.  

The dark nights present a great opportunity to catch up on the recent webinar series focused around Returning to Orienteering , Permanent Orienteering, and Virtual Orienteering Courses., plus many more.  You may have missed one or two of them, or maybe it would be useful to re-watch them again to help you build on any ideas you already have.

To access all the series of webinars produced during lockdown follow the links below.  Click on the session title to watch any of the sessions back in your own time.

Q&A on the Back to Orienteering guidance.

This session outlines the key points resulting from the published guidance for each nation and took live questions. We hope this session provides the confidence and practical understanding to support clubs as they continue to move forward in planning their return to local level event delivery.

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Entries, Booking & Contactless payment systems.

This session provides a recap of fully integrated entry with payment systems - Fabian, SI, Eventrac etc followed by some excellent examples of individual club booking systems from CLOK, POTOC & HH.  An overview of the most common contactless card payment systems - Izettle vs Sumup vs Square is provided along with a helpful experience of using iZettle from SLOW.  LVO also provide a helpful iZettle user guide handout.

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Introduction to the UsynligO Virtual App

Simon Bailey from BOK demonstrates how the UsynligO app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions.

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Q&A on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan

Join British Orienteering CEO Peter Hart and the Development team to discuss the Back to Orienteering action plan. Peter and the team answered your questions live and heard your thoughts for how local events and the sport may look when local events and activities resume.

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Bitesize Webinar session: 
Using OCAD for Map Run

In this recorded session, Pat discusses using OCAD with MapRun. Pat provides support for users of the MapRun App on using OCAD maps/exporting courses.

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Bitesize Webinar session:
Map Run Administration

In this recorded session, Pat follows up his earlier Map Run webinar by explaining the local administration role associated with Map Run.

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Open Orienteering Map

This session sees Oliver O'Brien demonstrating how to use Open Orienteering Map, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as relating its use for creating virtual Orienteering and it's more familiar use in urban/ street orienteering.

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How to use the MapRun app for virtual courses

In this webinar Pat demonstrates how the app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions and answers.  

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Using Routegadget to set up virtual courses

In this webinar, Simon demonstrates how to use Routegadget to set up virtual courses (without SI results), the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as an taking questions to provide further insight into its practicalities.

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Getting to know Routegadget

Simon Errington from Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) presents all about Routegadget. Showing you the basics through to some more advanced techniques.

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Don't forget - if you have a subject you would like to hear more about email:  nweir@britishorienteering.org.uk

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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 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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