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Tweet Tuesday 27th April 2021

Job Vacancy - Access and Environmental Officer

British Orienteering is creating an exciting new role to address the increasing environmental, economic and regulatory challenges we face in securing access to the countryside for orienteering. This new position will be part-time for three days per week and can be carried out remotely or at British Orienteering’s National Office in Matlock. 

You will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the sport of orienteering. You will have a professional understanding of the importance of access to the countryside, with relevant technical, legal and environmental knowledge, and experience of putting this knowledge into practice. 

You will not be afraid to experiment and will develop new initiatives in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners, environmental organisations, other NGBs, and voluntary and special interest groups. The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the aim of providing a modern, responsive and effective service delivering good quality access to the countryside for the sport including clubs and associations. 

This is a demanding, varied and rewarding role. If you are committed to the positive benefits of sport and access to the outdoors, as well as to promoting sustainable and responsible use of the countryside, we would like to hear from you. 

Access and Environmental Officer - Job Description

To apply, please complete and return the documents below to:  rgamble@britishorienteering.org.uk 

 

Closing date: Sunday 16 May 2021
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Tweet Thursday 15th April 2021

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation: introducing British Orienteering’s new strategy

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:

  • Change the perception.
  • Create engaging experiences.
  • Strengthen lifelong pathways.
  • Provide foundations for success.

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.

  • How can this strategy benefit your club, new and existing orienteers in your local area?
  • What ideas do you have to support the news strategic priorities?
  • What is working well for you that we could share?
  • Would you be interested to be involved in a focus group?

All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.

Please click here to fill out the survey and help us to collect as many views as possible or send your comments to insight@britishorienteering.org.uk.

 

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Tweet Tuesday 11th May 2021

Calling all teachers! WOW! ONE week to go until 2021 World Orienteering Day!

The aim of the project is to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Orienteering Federations (in which Government restrictions allow), helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

In May 2021, between the dates May 19th and May 25th and September 8th and September 14th, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.  

Here in the UK, we are celebrating the re-starting of the sport of Orienteering!  As Government restrictions are starting to ease and pupils have returned to school - now is a great time to be taking part in an orienteering activity within your school and registering your event on the world map.

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering, comments:

"World Orienteering Day starts on the 19th of May.  However, this year for World Orienteering Day the International Orienteering Federation has published two different weeks - one to take place in May 2021 and the other in September 2021.  You can choose to take part in the week that suits your school the best - or better still in both!  The International Orienteering Federation have again stated that clubs and schools can organise an orienteering activity or event during the time periods of 19th - 25th of May and 8th - 14th September can be registered it as a WOD-event.  There is still time to pre-register a World Orienteering Day event for 2021.

Here at British Orienteering for World Orienteering Day 2021 we have designed a brand new Free Orienteering Exercise Lesson Plan for School Teachers and Youth Leaders to download and use.  There are also other Lesson Plans and free resources available to download to help support with orienteering activities. The Lesson Plans just take 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to carry out. 

There are also a wide range of event and promotional materials on the International Orienteering Federations (IOF's) World Orienteering Day website such as flyers, posters, certificates, start cards and banners which are also free to download and use throughout the week.


Thank you for your contribution to the sport of orienteering! We look forward to seeing your school as well as UK clubs up on the world map soon."

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Get your club and school on the World Map! 
Don't forget to register your World Orienteering Day events for 2021 here.  

Find out more and download British Orienteering School and Youth Leader FREE resources here.  

Download free IOF World Orienteering Day resources and find out more:  www.worldorienteeringday.com

IOF's World Map - register your event on the World Map!
Calling all teachers and Youth Leaders
Just 30 minutes prep time
Start Card
Badges
Free Resource Pack - everything you need!
Certificates

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Tell us how you get on!   
Send details of how you, your club or school have taken part in World Orienteering Day.  What did you enjoy the most?

Send a brief overview with photos which British Orienteering can publish on the website.  Email:  jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk

#WorldOrienteeringDay

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Tweet Sunday 25th April 2021

British Orienteering Awards Announcement - Volunteer of the Year 2020

British Orienteering today is proud to announce the Volunteer of the Year. 

This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy, and enthusiasm. 

This year’s winner is:  Caroline Mackenzie (Cleveland Orienteering Klub)

Commenting on her award Caroline says: 
“I'm delighted and honoured to have been chosen as British Orienteering's Volunteer of the Year.  I feel that this is as much a reflection on the efforts and commitment of Cleveland Orienteering Klub as on myself as an individual. 

One of the main reasons why --- after some friendly arm-twisting by the outgoing job-holder --- I agreed to take on the role of Chair of the CLOK Committee was that I knew I could count on a great deal of support from experienced, enthusiastic, and committed club members.  I'm really proud of what the club has achieved over the last year or so.  As well as doing a good job of getting back to putting on high-quality orienteering events as soon as the coronavirus restrictions allowed, the club has also found the time and energy to formulate and start implementing a strategy to secure its longer-term future.  In particular, we've appointed a Schools Development Officer to revive and expand our school development programme and obtained an Orienteering Foundation grant to help to fund a Club Development Officer to attract new people into orienteering in the Cleveland area to help to correct our ageing membership profile.  There's still a lot to do, but I'm confident we're heading in the right direction.” 

Caroline Mackenzie (CLOK) - Awarded Volunteer of the Year

Club Secretary John Green, comments:

“Caroline Mackenzie, the current CLOK Chair, has through her leadership and personal volunteering steered the club through one of the most difficult years imaginable. She has laid the basis for many club members to have the opportunity of running in conventional (SI based) events and helped set up and encourage others to develop Virtual Orienteering Courses and upgrade existing Permanent Orienteering Courses. Looking to the future Caroline led a successful grant application with the Orienteering Foundation to support the club contracting the services of a Club Development Officer.”

 

Many congratulations Caroline.

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The winner of the Coach of the Year Award will be announced tomorrow (Monday 26 April) at 10am.  

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