British Orienteering have an unparalleled opportunity to lead and shape our Performance Pathway Programme towards the World Championships in 2024 and beyond.
We are on a mission to secure sustained success and make our mark on the global stage. This isn't just about competition; it's about transcending boundaries, defying expectations, and showcasing the very best of our collective talents.
As the leader of this programme, you will lead and co-ordinate the immense potential and will inspire and unite all those involved in the programme including athletes, parents, support staff and volunteers. Your Leadership will provide the opportunity for our athletes to fulfil their potential and reach new heights.
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Closing Date for applications is 10 March 2024
Sean Harrington was the organiser of this years East Midlands Championships at Chambers Wood that was hosted by Lincoln Orienteering Group. Here he gives his insight into his planning and coordination of the event.
We tend to do things slightly different from other clubs, as I tend to be the organiser for all our events the planner takes on some of the traditional organiser roles.
My first job was to arrange for a suitable parking area for the event, as this was quite a small area I requested that all entries made every effort to car share to help us out. I then had to arrange for portable toilets to be available on the day of the competition.
About three weeks before the event I sent out an email to all club members requesting their help on the day for jobs including Computers, Car Parking, Start & Finish Teams and Control collectors. After I had received all the replies I then produced a list of all the helpers and their jobs on the day.
On the Friday before the event I went to the parking area to take delivery of the Portable toilets to make sure they were put in a safe place for people to use.
On Saturday I had to go to a container where we store all our kit to load my car up with all the equipment we would need to run the event.
On the Sunday I arrived at the parking area at 8:30 am, having already put out signage to the event on my way. Then it was just a matter of making sure all the helpers knew what job they were doing. By about 12:00pm when I was happy all things were going smoothly I went for my own run.
Courses closed at 2:00 pm and time to collect all the controls in and tidy all the other things up which was completed by about 3.30pm, I then left for home arriving back by 4.00pm.
On the Monday it was then two trips back to the container to return all the kit we had used.
Planning is the one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles. Not only does it improve your navigation skills, but it can also provide you with a different and new type of orienteering challenge.
The British Orienteering E-Learning Course, Introduction to Planning , developed with the expertise of Barry Elkington (Octavian Droobers) and the educational robustness of Pauline Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) is a great place to start.
This course is aimed at current and experienced Orienteers who wish to become a Planner.
By the end of the course you will have a great understanding of how to plan your first local event and how the roles of the main officials interact.
The course content is designed to only address the course objective rather than attempting to cover the full scope of Planning. As we recognise that Planning is a skill that takes much time and practice to hone.
The course should only take around 45- 60 mins to complete and for the whole of March is only £6.00
To access the course and find out more information about our other E-Learning courses, please visit the E-Learning homepage.
Interested in learning about our other E-Learning courses on offer? Visit the E-Learning homepage and access information on all the other resources we provide.
In 2024, it’ll be three years since having a safeguarding qualification was added to the requirements for the License to Coach.
This requirement, like the first aid qualification, needs refreshing every three years. As there are a large number of coaches who are due to renew in the next couple of months, this is a reminder of the safeguarding criteria and how coaches can update this part for another three years.
To satisfy the safeguarding requirement of the license, a coach needs to have initially taken a tutor led safeguarding course. There is a slight variation in Scotland, so please see the license to coach page for more information.
After completing the initial tutor led course, a coach needs to do a refresher every three years. This refresher can be either an online eLearning module or another tutor led course.
Safeguarding courses undertaken do not need to be those organised by British Orienteering and can be taken within other institutions, such as within a school.
There is a slight variation in Scotland in that three years has now passed since the first CWPS courses there. SOA are monitoring who needs a course there and will be in touch. In addition, Sport Scotland also sends out a notification that renewal of the CWPS course is required before it expires and there is a 3-month grace period, but this renewal can only be done once when the course expires before another full CWPS course is required (i.e. after 6 years if the CWPS course and renewal are completed).
If a coach is looking for a refresher course, an option is to complete British Orienteering’s ‘Introducing Safeguarding’ eLearning module. This can be accessed here. The link to the Scotland CWPS refresher course is here.
For those who have completed a course that is not the BOF eLearning course, to update their membership records, a copy of the completion certificate needs sending to us. The three years will be taken from the date on the certificate.
If you need to check if this or other qualifications need updated, you should log onto the British Orienteering website, ‘my account’ and ‘my qualifications’.
For more information on the requirements of the coaching licence, including the safeguarding information, please check our website: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/licenced_coaches
Additional safeguarding courses available can be found below. These are both BOF courses and external ones.