We had been hoping to hold another coaching day in November 2020, but have taken the decision to postpone it.
We are the Orienteering Foundation, a charity that promotes and supports orienteering, to bring all the benefits this amazing sport has to offer the people of the UK, and to ensure that our sport is here for the enjoyment of generations to come.
But the future of our sport is at risk. Only 10% of our orienteering community is aged between 20-34 and in 2017 nearly 10,000 school children participated in our grassroots schemes. Worryingly despite this good work we are seeing drop out rates of 70-80% in those crucial skill building years of ages 13-21.
And our volunteers are getting tired. Last year there was a 4% drop in the number of events run, but a 7% increase in competitors. The demands outside events also continue to rise. We know people want to participate in our sport but we are in danger of burning out our volunteers.
Technology in the sport provides massive opportunity but we need to invest. We have all seen major changes over the past twenty years with the emergence of electronic punching and tracking systems, mapping software, and online analysis tools.
With your support the Orienteering Foundation works to tackle emerging issues. We currently fund junior programmes, invest in elites, support adult coaching opportunities, support those developing tools and techniques to alleviate volunteer workloads, and sponsor projects which look to exploit new technologies in our sport. With your help we can do more.
It is important for donor confidence in a Charity that it is well governed, and the Orienteering Foundation has reviewed itself against the Charity Governance Code.
We are pleased to announce support for server and music costs for The Run In, the UK's orienteering podcast.
We are pleased to announce a grant to Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) towards a project to introduce wheelchair users and others with disabilities to orienteering in the Edinburgh area.
The Orienteering Foundation is keen to assist clubs with their development and is therefore pleased to announce an initiative to work in partnership with three clubs on a series of experimental projects – one club per project.
To accompany our recently produced Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) introductory video, we have also made a press release in conjunction with Britsh Orienteering
We recently commissioned a video introducing Permanent Orienteering Courses, as a resource that clubs can share to help promote their local POCs. Watch it here. Many thanks to Katherine Bett and Sarah Brown for their help in producing it.