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.
To apply, please complete and return the documents below to: email@example.com
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.
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."
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report by Robin Strain member of East Lothian Orienteers (ELO)
East Lothian Orienteers (ELO) managed three events in the autumn, and we have had our second since the latest restrictions were eased this weekend.
All events have been limited to club members who live within the East Lothian local authority area, which meant excluding several of our members in neighbouring Edinburgh. We have given temporary club membership to those in nearby clubs who live in our area. We have not actively tried to attract newcomers, but we have had some enquiries who were able to come to the event once they had joined the club. Entries were taken on a Google Form and payment was by bank transfer.
We had about 70 individuals in 50 groups. The biggest extra task has been drawing up and distributing start lists. We allocated start times with one start a minute for ten minutes followed by a five-minute gap. We encouraged runners to arrive near their allocated start time and that worked well.
After the course, download was fairly normal although the download unit and splits printer (Epson) were kept at a distance from the computer and operator. There was no results displayed, but results were almost instantly uploaded to the website.
It is very rewarding to hear all the positive comments from runners after they have finished. Members are just pleased to be able to get out into the terrain and take part, however rusty they discover they are. One of the biggest challenges was preventing groups forming, even socially distanced ones, after their runs.
Photos credits: Robin Strain (ELO)
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