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Tweet Wednesday 25th August 2021

Job Vacancy - Performance Pathway

Over the last 18 months, we have been working on a review of the Performance Pathway, from clubs through to the elite level, including a full stakeholder engagement. We had a very good engagement with the membership, including both the athletes and those associated with the current structure. On behalf of British Orienteering, I would like to thank all of you that have contributed towards this.

The key areas that we will address in the new structure are:

  • Developing a coherent joined-up Performance Pathway that reflects a shared vision, understood and bought into by all those involved – volunteers and professionals alike.
  • Encouraging more and better training consistently at the club and regional levels.
  • Widening the pool of athletes supported at level 3 and reducing the pressure and demands (e.g. travel time) time on those that are involved
  • Providing support for athletes in their junior to senior transition
  • Making sure Athlete welfare is at the heart of how the Performance Pathway operates

Structure

The new structure is below:

Level

Area

Age

Level 1

Clubs

9-18

Level 2

Regions

13-18

Level 3

Talent Scotland

16-18

 

Talent South

 

 

Talent North

 

Level 4

Development

19-22

Level 5

Performance

23+

 

To support the new structure, we are looking at recruiting a number of volunteer positions. The Job Descriptions for the roles can be found within the links below.

Level 5 - Performance Squad Manager

Level 4 - Development Squad Manager

Level 3 - Talent Squad Manager x 3 (North, South & Scotland)

For further information about the roles please contact pmurgatroyd@britishorienteering.org.uk

British Orienteering welcomes applications from all sectors of society. British Orienteering is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and is committed to following best practice in the welfare of athletes.

Application

Please submit a Covering Letter explaining your motivations for applying and how you meet the requirements of the role by email to pmurgatroyd@britishorienteering.org.uk

 

Deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday, 26th September 2021.

 

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Tweet Friday 17th September 2021

What Will You Do This National Fitness Day? (Wednesday 22 September 2021)

National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK and will take place on Wednesday 22 September this year.  

There will be thousands of activations taking place by hundreds of partners across the UK, National Fitness Day. 

The key aim of the day is promoting the benefits of physical activity.   

UKactive are all inviting all to join in on National Fitness Day 2021 and celebrate fitness together by registering our activities and events.  

Other key areas of the campaign include:

  • National Fitness Day is a time to come together to celebrate and share what fitness means to us all.
  • Following the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, it’s also a time to celebrate the essential role of every gym, pool, leisure centre, sports club and activity provider in the UK, and their incredible teams that will continue to support and motivate us safely.
  • This year National Fitness Day celebrates its 10th anniversary, reflecting on a decade of helping to inspire more people to discover the fun of fitness.
  • In 2021 our theme for the day is more important than ever – Fitness Unites Us.
  • Following Covid-19 there is a shared and heightened understanding of the importance of fitness.  

Find out more and how to join in here

#Fitness2Me 

#FitnessDay 

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Tweet Friday 17th September 2021

Orienteering Foundation Coaching Day - Saturday 20 November, Lake District

The Orienteering Foundation are pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes this autumn on Saturday 20 November 2021. The format will be similar to previous years, this time using the wonderful Summerhouse Knott as used for the British Middles earlier this year. We are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups including juniors.

Map Summerhouse Knott.  Lakeland Orienteering Club 

Timing – 10am until 2.30pm when controls will be collected.

The coaching day is open to the following participants:

  • Individuals – Cost £12 per individual participant. This covers access fees, planned training exercises, hung controls, printed maps, and expert coaching from Derek Allison and / or other experienced coaches.  Any standard from TD4 (Light Green) up to full TD5 can be catered for.  All individual participants must be 18+ years of age.
  • Groups – For example clubs, schools, or junior squads.  Cost £6 per group participant. This covers access fees, and supply of electronic map (OCAD) and course files (Purple Pen) to group leaders. Groups MUST supply their own coach(es), who are suitably qualified, sufficient in number, and responsible for the safety of their group. Groups will need to print their own maps, and may either use the planned courses, or modify / design their own using the same controls (please do not hang additional controls in the forest, unless by prior agreement with Derek). Group participants may be of any age that their coaches are happy to supervise. There are plans to have some TD 2/3 controls for use by groups, details to follow. 

For more details about the day and to register - click here.

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Why not make a weekend of quality orienteering training and competing in the South Lakes?
Sunday 21st Nov 2021

The following day there is a Lakeland Orienteering Club event (Cumbrian Galoppen) at Great Tower. 
See Lakeland Orienteering Club website here for details.

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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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