Following the confirmation by the Prime Minister yesterday (23 November) that England will return to a three-tier system of regional restrictions once the current period of national restrictions ends at 00:01 on 2 December. The Board of British Orienteering met on 27 November and have agreed that:
From Wednesday, 2 December 2020, orienteering events using electronic punching and timing equipment can take place providing that they follow these guidelines.
People are advised not to travel into or out of tier 3 areas (very high alert) in order to participate or volunteer in an orienteering activity or event.
This does not apply to travel where it is necessary to enable supervised coaching sessions and competitions for under-18s or activities for disabled people.
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.
Further guidance will be published on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.
Following the Prime Minister’s official announcement on Saturday, 31 October 2020, there will be a new, month-long set of restrictions coming into force throughout England.
These new measures will come into force across England from 00:01 on Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
Having reviewed both the new laws and the official guidance published by the UK government for England, the Board of British Orienteering has made the difficult decision that all orienteering events and organised club activities will be suspended in England from Thursday 5 November for as long as these restrictions remain in force.
The full statement can be found here.
The latest Orienteering guidance for the whole of the UK can be found here
British Orienteering is delighted to announce that the East Ayrshire Learning Outdoor Support Team has been accredited to their Recognised Centre scheme.
The East Ayrshire Learning Outdoor Support Team has been recognised by British Orienteering, the National Governing body for the sport as providing a positive first experience to visiting groups. East Ayrshire Learning Outdoor Support Team is one of a number of accredited centres awarded British Orienteering Recognised Centre status.
Wille White, Education Officer from the East Ayrshire Learning Outdoor Support Team said:
"Our experienced staff team can offer a tailored orienteering experience that is adventurous, progressive, innovative, challenging and exciting in order to meet a variety of high quality learning outcomes and we support schools with training and resources. We are currently collaborating with local clubs; STAG to install permanent orienteering courses in most Secondary schools to enhance outdoor PE and AYROC, TOPAyrshire & Scottish Orienteering to establish a dedicated local development officer.”
Howard Blackman, Business Development Officer for British Orienteering, said:
“Our Recognised Centre scheme is designed to work with Outdoor Centres to understand how orienteering is used as a tool to deliver a wide variety of educational outcomes. We are pleased to recognise the East Ayrshire Learning Support Outdoor Team as delivering a high quality orienteering experience to visiting groups.”
Recognised Centre status is awarded to Outdoor Centres who can show a consistently high standard of orienteering across a range of criteria that covers orienteering delivery, staffing, resourcing as well as policies and procedures. These are examined in detail by British Orienteering advisors and accredited to outdoor centres only if they meet the standards.
British Orienteering, the National Governing Body of the sport, provide specialist advisors to help Outdoor Centres across the country to provide the highest standards in orienteering delivery.
For more information about the scheme and how to join visit the dedicated Recognised Centre section on the British Orienteering website.
Report and photos by Neil Hunter, Organiser and member of Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK)
Please note: this event took place before the new lockdown measures came into force in England at 00.01 on Thursday 5 November 2020.
Strong winds met the competitors at Cleveland Orienteering Klub's (CLOK’s) Birk Brow (near Guisborough) event on Sunday 1st November, but clear skies and mild temperature allowed good running conditions. The turnout was decent considering the area is not our finest, but it’s private landowner continued to support us, which made it ideal. We drew entries from many of our neighbouring clubs, as those whose O spikes have grown rusty over lockdown rushed to get a last one in before the tighter restrictions bite. Considerable COVID-secure arrangements were in place, from full pre-entry and timed arrivals in the car park, to social distancing stakes at the start and a download box dangling out of a car window. These procedures worked well and out on the courses, the enjoyment was back to normal as the familiar navigational challenges and tough physical conditions were the only concerns. Special thanks to the Dennis Hooton, planner and map updater, who, together with Controller Ray Barnes, braved the squally conditions at dawn and dusk and to the helpers at the start.
The full statement can be found here.
The latest Orienteering guidance for the whole of the UK can be found here.