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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 Saturday 12th June 2021

#GreatCoaching : Tell Your Coaching Story on the Interactive Video Wall

Tell Your Orienteering Coaching Story! 

As part of #UKCoachingWeek, UK Coaching want to show the nation what #GreatCoaching is all about by sharing YOUR stories.

  • Why did you get into coaching?
  • What challenges have you faced?
  • What adversities have you overcome?
  • What advice would you give your fellow and aspiring coaches?

Let's join together and get our fantastic sport of Orienteering on the interactive video wall and celebrate #GreatCoaching across our sport of orienteering.

Share YOUR Orienteering Coaching Story by make a short video to share by simply....

Don't forget to include links to British Orienteering 
https://twitter.com/gbrorienteering
https://www.facebook.com/britishorienteering
info@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Saturday 12th June 2021

#GreatCoaching: Nick Lightfoot (South Yorkshire Orienteers)

#UKCoachingWeek, British Orienteering earlier this year were very excited to once again be recognising the exceptional work that continues to be done within the orienteering community.  The National Annual Awards take place every year and receives nominations for the category of Coach of the Year.

2020 was a challenging year, and the work that was done was impressive.  The Coach of the Year award is presented to coaches who demonstrate success in engaging new people, improving the performance of orienteers and/or developing other coaches.

This year’s winner Coach of the Year was awarded to:  Nick Lightfoot (South Yorkshire Orienteers). 

Nick Lightfoot (South Yorkshire Orienteers) - Awarded Coach of the Year

Nick coaches regularly at weekly club coaching sessions and is also coach to the High Storrs orienteering team. He also coaches the Yorkshire Junior Squad and is a personal coach to orienteers aiming to compete at international level.  

At club level his focus is mainly on the development of beginners and improvers. He coaches both adults and juniors, planning and delivering coaching activities. 

Personal coaching activities include devising and reviewing training programmes, planning exercises for terrain and armchair training, analysing races, research to support athlete development and specific race preparation, liaising with squad and team coaches and supporting the athletes before, during and after their target races.  

On average Nick spends around 10-12 hours per week volunteering as a coach. 

Nick's achievements in the last 12 months have contributed to him being awarded Coach of the Year 2021.

While Nick has had major success in coaching athletes to international success in the past, his focus and way of working has changed significantly this past year due to the pandemic. Nick deserves particular recognition to the way he has adapted his methods to cope with lockdown restrictions. His personal sessions with athletes have continued, switching from face-2-face sessions to online. He has also instigated the very successful SYO Catching Features sessions which provide coaching and competition to a huge range of club members ranging from beginners to elites. He has also set up a regular Monday night coaching clinic via Zoom. The sessions are wide ranging in content and include areas such as theoretical presentations, practical map exercises and race analysis. These sessions have been very popular, particularly with improving adults who have really appreciated the chance to talk over maps and routes. 

Outside of lockdown he has continued to deliver coaching sessions for the High Storrs team and weekly club night sessions. He has also planned and delivered a real life coaching session for the YHJS squad and has assisted regularly with coaching a “break out” group in the on-line sessions. He also assisted with the virtual Deeside tour in the summer. 

Nick is an enthusiastic and passionate coach who devote UndoKeyboard shortcut Ctrl+Zs many volunteer hours to developing orienteers of all ages and abilities. 

 Commenting on his award Nick says:  
In trying to be creative and keep going as best we could during a challenging year it raised the question, what are we trying to achieve in orienteering coaching?  For a sport that prides itself in navigational excellence I think many of us have lost our way in recent years with too much emphasis on results and forgetting that it’s the quality of the journey and experiences along the way that are important. It seems fitting then that I should receive an award in a year when races have been few and far between. I’ve had many special moments in my 40-year coaching journey and met far too many inspirational people to thank them all, but I recall one youngster who, after competing for the primary school I was coaching, declared that orienteering was his ‘new favourite sport’.  His enthusiasm survived the pandemic and last weekend, 4 years on, he ran past me on a regional squad training exercise, still with a smile on his face. That seems like a result to me - so thank you Isaac!”

Many congratulations again Nick.

#GreatCoaching

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Tweet Thursday 29th April 2021

309 tuned in to watch first mapping webinar setting the scene nicely for part two and ultimately, more mappers within clubs

British Orienteering welcomed enthusiastic mappers, beginner mappers and would be mappers to the first of the two-part webinar series on Mapping - 'An Introduction to the Art and Science of Mapping.'

Print screen taken from the first session - Part 1:  Mapping Webinar

The recording plus presentations from Ian and Martin have been uploaded here and the session peaked at a fabulous 309 attendees.

Natalie Weir Development Officer, comments:
"A big thank you to those who joined us last Tuesday evening and of course to our presenters and panellists for their time, knowledge and enthusiasm."

"Regarding the strangest things to be mapped I couldn’t not mention some fun examples thanks to Clive Masson from Edinburgh University Orienteering Club who said, “I once mapped a shallow grave in Vernditch - a 6-foot x 2-foot coffin shape (pit) and a little knoll which was the spoil heap” and George Crawford-Smith from Pendle Forest Orienteers also entertained with “I found a burnt-out motorbike in a marsh! I decided not to map it as I could just about pull it out of the marsh.""

Remember if you want to try mapping before the second session on 4 May you could try field working a local park or easy area or just go for a map walk on a map you like racing on – and observe what makes it good to use and how and what are represented on the map.

Here are some of Martin's concluding statements which are great at showcasing why mapping is good for us.

  • "Mapping is totally absorbing and a good way of forgetting everything else – mindfulness at its best?"
  • "A good way of improving your own Orienteering."
  • "A great excuse to wonder round the woods, and get out in our beautiful green spaces and towns/cities."
  • "Like all creative things, its very rewarding."

Natalie comments: 
"Ultimately more maps can only mean more Orienteering opportunities for us all which can only be a good thing.  I hope you will continue your learning and enthusiasm for all things mapping and enjoy the second session."

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Mapping Webinar – Part 2: An Introduction to Surveying and Creating Base Maps

Tuesday 4 May 2021, starting at 19:30 - 20:45. 

This informative and free webinar session 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 (Swansea Bay Orienteering Club) will bring us an introduction to OCAD and Martin Hore (Suffolk Orienteering Club) will give us an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper / LiDAR and other sources.

John Moody (Cornwall Orienteering Club) and Simon Starkey (Leicestershire Orienteering Club) 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to another great and interesting mapping session.

To find out more and book your place on this second part of our mapping webinar series, please register your place here.

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