Last year, Sport England awarded South London Orienteers £3,850 for a project to help teenagers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.
This is our “Get Up to Speed” project.
As part of this project, we have produced a series of eight short videos. The videos are presented by athletes from the GB Orienteering team and are filmed in different locations.
The videos aim is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but they can also be used by newcomers wanting to “get up to speed”. Each video focuses on a specific orienteering skill.
One video per week is launched each Friday at 5pm during January and February. The video release is linked to races and coaching sessions taking place across the South East: watch a film, focus on a technique and have a successful run.
All the videos were produced by SLOW Development Officer Sarah Brown, with editing by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators.
We realised as the videos were made it would be good to have a video to inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.
The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.
SLOW development officer Christine Robinson is running two courses ideally suited to teachers, youth leaders and outdoor educators looking to introduce young people to orienteering. Christine is licensed to run these courses by British Orienteering, and they are being organised by SOLD (Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development).
Teaching Orienteering Part 1
The first course is being held at Thames Young Mariners Outdoor Education Centre, in Ham on Friday 7 June. The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering.
Teaching Orienteering Part 2
The follow-up course is on 4 October, also at Thames Young Mariners. This course is for those who have already attended a Part 1 course and want to teach more advanced orienteering skills, such as for GCSE or A Level.
British Orienteering have announced that SLOW athlete Ralph Street has been selected for the British Orienteering Elite Development Squad. Ralph has already represented Great Britain three times at the Junior World Orienteering Championships, as well as at the Junior European Cup and the European Youth Championships. His athlete profile can be viewed here.
British Orienteering, our National Governing Body, are looking for an Events an Competitions Chair. The job specification (PDF) and application form (DOCX) can be downloaded. The closing date is 30 September.