News

News

Latest news

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
Top
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.

 

Top
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."

------

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

----
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

Top
Tweet Sunday 2nd May 2021

Essex Stragglers Enjoy a Colour Coded Event at Danbury Park, 18 April

Report by Nancy Powell Davies, Organiser for Essex Stragglers

 

Nancy Powell Davies member and Organiser of Essex Stragglers, comments:

"Well, we finally made it and were able to run our much-delayed event at Danbury Park. This event was first planned for Spring 2020, then re-scheduled for November 2020. Courses were honed and tweaked to allow two starts so we could handle more entries and then tweaked again to change Light Green start to even up the entries.

What a glorious day it was - the sun shone, flabby limbs were exercised, and rusty map-reading skills rekindled. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves although some had trouble finding the controls on Steve's challenging courses or simply just missed some. It was especially lovely to welcome some new families with younger children on their first event as well as our old friends. All felt a sense of freedom to be out in the countryside again.

The event we’d organised last September had given us some practice in keeping everyone distanced around the starts. Using SIEntries made things much easier on the day with no cash handling and inputting runners on the computer. Hire dibbers were prepacked in envelopes with the names and allocated dibber numbers on the front. The fine weather made it easier for Enquiries to operate with no shelter. Only download had a roof so they could see the screens.

I was especially grateful that the runners observed the Covid restrictions; kept their distance, used the hand gel, wore masks in the toilets, etc. We all seem to have got more used to such routines now. This gives us confidence for our next regional event, an Urban run at Maldon on 16 May."

Essex Stragglers

-----

Celebrating the re-start of orienteering!
What orienteering activities or events has your club already put on?  What is your club planning to do next?
Have you recently attended a re-start event?  How did you find it?
Have you enjoyed a new Permanent or Virtual Orienteering Course as an alternative route to your usual walk or jog?

British Orienteering wants to hear from clubs as well as individuals, families and schools who are enjoying getting back to orienteering again. Let's join together and celebrate the return of our fantastic sport by sharing our re-starting orienteering experiences with each other. 

Please send your orienteering news, snippets, and photos to:  jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-------

To view the current British Orienteering Guidance visit:  
https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/COVID19_Safe_Orienteering

#StaySafe

 

Top