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Tweet Tuesday 22nd June 2021

New Mountain Bike Orienteering Series in the Lake District

The British Mountain Bike Orienteering Association (BMBO) has launched a new series in the Lake District.

Further information can be found here

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Tweet Monday 21st June 2021

Applications for IOF Secretary General/CEO now being accepted

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is seeking to appoint a new Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer to succeed Tom Hollowell who will retire in the autumn of 2021.

Further information can be found here

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Tweet Monday 21st June 2021

Experienced orienteers and newcomers enjoy a great orienteering challenge

Report of the event from Alison Cunningham, Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club. 

It was lovely to see such enthusiasm for our local event and to see both experienced orienteers and newcomers enjoy a proper event managed carefully within the covid regulations. The woods were looking beautiful with spring bluebells and fresh green tree foliage, all washed gently by the rain!

Corstorphine Hill woods provide a great orienteering challenge with numerous paths and contours and the courses, especially green, required careful route planning and the need to keep in close contact with the map. Lots of chat about errors made and rusty techniques needing a brush up! Lots of different routes taken on the longer legs - well done Alistair for the interesting courses.

As a floating helper - ready to stand in to cover any problems - I was kept completely redundant, with a small but quietly efficient team keeping everything under control. Well done all!

Thanks to everyone for coming, especially those that travelled from as far afield as Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO), East Lothian Orienteers (ELO), Clydeside Orienteers (Clyde), Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) and Kingdom of Fife Orienteers (KFO) - welcome back!

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Since this event Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) have held another enjoyable event. 

Janet Clark Organiser comments:

"The ESOC event held on the 26 May was part of the local "Sprintelope" series. It was an informal fun event requiring minimal organisation; easy to keep to the social distancing requirements, and at the same time giving a great opportunity to have a quick word with some real people. Helen Bridle planned tricky courses round the intricate streets and lanes of Liberton; and it was great to feel some warm sun. Summer evening orienteering at its best!"

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Celebrating the sport of Orienteering across all nations!
British Orienteering wants to hear from clubs as well as individuals, families and schools who are enjoying taking part in orienteering.  Let's join together and celebrate our fantastic sport by sharing our orienteering experiences with each other.  Email:  jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk

Don't forget to share your orienteering photos with British Orienteering on our social media.
We can't wait to see your orienteering activities. 

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Tweet Friday 11th June 2021

#UKCoachingWeek: My Online Introduction to Coaching by Helen Wheelwright (Southampton Orienteering Club)

Orienteering Coaches educating new coaches.

Helen Wheelwright (Southampton Orienteering Club), explains:
"Since becoming the Youth Coordinator at Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) in 2020 I have been trying to find ways to increase the number of Juniors in our club. Luckily, we received a small grant from the South-Central Orienteering Association (SCOA) to help us in this endeavour. Finding and training volunteers to help with coaching was top of the list of things to spend money on.

The Introduction to Coaching was an attractive offer as it allows keen helpers to start thinking about how to help newcomers to the sport without the fairly hefty time commitment of the L2 Coaching course.

The course was advertised on our club’s website and a few keen members signed up. However, it was then mid-March 2021, and I was faced with the prospect of waiting quite some while to be able to put on the course or delivering it on Zoom. Inspired by the great sessions delivered in January in the British Orienteering Virtual Coaching Conference I opted for Zoom.

The reading element of the course was delivered to participants who had two weeks to complete the tasks at their leisure. On the night of our Zoom meeting, we were able to discuss the pre-work and move on to other tasks on my pre-prepared PowerPoints. Although we were not able to try out map walks and star exercises, there was a lot of good discussion as to why we might use these exercises and how we would help newcomers and give them enough information to help them to make a good start in orienteering without swamping them with an endless list of things to remember.

The participants were very involved and the feedback was that they enjoyed themselves and would enjoy the opportunity to try out some of the things they had been discussing online. Thankfully the Covid situation has improved, and we will be able to do this soon at our next local event."

Thank you Helen.  Fantastic work!

Coaching is at the heart of orienteering at every level from children and adult’s beginner participating in their first activity, through to preparing athletes for the World Orienteering Championships. Coaches are vital to the success of orienteering in the UK and are, in many ways, the people who will promote the benefits and enjoyment of taking part in orienteering.

British Orienteering has a range of courses, quality assured and awarded by 1st4sport, operate across all orienteering disciplines for Level 1 and Level 2. Level 3 is available in Scotland whilst in the other three home countries, we offer bespoke workshops on safety in remote terrain, skill/technique development and advanced planning, methodology, sports science knowledge and physical preparation as a range of continuous personal development (CPD) opportunities.

Find out more about these courses on the British Orienteering website here.

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