Thriving Clubs for a New Generation are at the heart of the new British Orienteering Strategy to strengthen the sport in this country. It will allow us to engage with a new generation via a thriving club network.
British Orienteering believes that if we change perceptions about orienteering, improve accessibility and deliver engaging fun experiences, more people will become hooked on the sport.
Once engaged, clear pathways to progress in competitor or volunteering will enable people to enjoy the sport for life.
The four focus areas of the Strategic Plan are:
“Thriving Clubs for a New Generation” will be formally launched at the AGM on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and we will be consulting further with the membership and key stakeholders.
Read the Full Strategy here
Call to Action
British Orienteering is keen to hear from you as we turn Thriving Clubs for a New Generation into reality.
All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.
British Orienteering’s Roadmap for returning to orienteering in England can be found here.
British Orienteering fully understand that clubs need direction and clear guidance from the board at each step, particularly about the restriction on start rates. The Roadmap will help the clubs understand the intention and hopefully assist clubs to plan for larger events. A fully updated operational guidance on orienteering at Step 2 will follow shortly.
In addition to the above-planned changes, we fully understand that for some clubs the biggest challenge will still be access/permissions. Sport England has been working with other bodies responsible for public health to encourage collaboration between local leaders and sports providers to facilitate a safe return to play - this includes the Local Government Association and Public Health England.
The statement can be found here which may be a useful document as a reminder if you are having any local difficulties with the relevant authorities.
If you want to whet your appetite for all things orienteering mapping, ask questions to our experienced mappers or indeed help us share knowledge then please do join us and register for these free live webinars. All attendees will also be sent follow up useful resources, guidance and documents to help them continue to learn following the introductions provided in these sessions.
Mapping Webinar – Part 1:
Tuesday 20 April 2021, starts 19:30 - 20:45.
For beginner mappers, would be mappers or those just looking to understand a bit more about how our maps are made, why not join us for a 2 part webinar series introducing some on the concepts and principles of Orienteering Mapping. Packed with experienced presenters, knowledgeable panellists and outlining some of the basics to mapping please find more information and the booking links below.
Aimed at beginner mappers and those interested in learning about mapping we will bring you some background basics to orienteering mapping including what makes a good orienteering map, symbol key and mapping specs and how to understand the differences between mappable features which can be regarded as fixed (e.g. roads, buildings and anything visible to satellite imagery) and the more subjective aspects (e.g. vegetation and complex land forms).
A practical demonstration of the methodology of updating/improving an existing map will also be provided.
Martin Bagness (WAROC) will join us to present content and we will also be joined by other experienced mapper panellists including
Rod Postlethwaite (WRE), Terry Smith (SOC) and David Olivant (NOC) ready and waiting to answer any questions so if you would like to learn more or get a feel for some of the concepts involved in mapping then this is the webinar for you.
This definitely sounds like a webinar not to be missed.
British Orienteering look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to learn and discuss key mapping skills.
Interested? Register here.
Mapping Webinar – Part 2: An introduction to surveying and creating base maps
Tuesday 4 May 2021, starting at 19:30 - 20:45.
This again informative and free webinar will provide introductions to setting up a map, from selecting the area to generating a base map as well as the basics of contours and georeferencing.
The main content of this session will be introducing the various products and packages available for you for creating base maps. For example Ben Mitchell (SBOC) will bring us an introduction to OCAD and Martin Hore (SUFFOC) will give us an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper / LiDAR and other sources.
John Moody (Kerno) and Simon Starkey (LEI) who have experience in using QGIS, a freeware geographical information system will also join us to provide some helpful examples of how this tool is useful for example for contour information, vegetation and small features.
Georeferencing older maps so they can be used for virtual orienteering as well as creation of georeferenced photos using SASPlanet examples will also be provided.
To find out more and book your place on this second part of our mapping webinar series, please register here.
British Orienteering looks forward to receiving your registerations for both of these webinars and to seeing you there!
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.