After a year off during lockdown, the Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes on Saturday 20th November 2021, in a similar format to previous ones (Nov 2019 and Nov 2018). We are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups including juniors. Details of the day are below. Put the date in your diaries, and either sign up as an individual, or think about encouraging your club to attend as a group!
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.
Reports on the coaching course run over the summer by JROS that we supported
We are pleased to award a grant to Kingdom of Fife Orienteers (KFO) towards remapping Devilla Forest, to help support grassroots development.
British Orienteering have launched a new Go Orienteering web portal to help discover orienteering this summer
A year ago we awarded a grant to The Run In podcast (see award here). We caught up with producers Katherine and Will to see how it is going.
We are pleased to announce that CLOK have appointed Mary Fleming to their Club Development Officer role that the Orienteering Foundation is supporting them with.
We are pleased to announce we have now established the Newcome Retention Group, held our first virtual meeting, and are actively seeking further input.
We are pleased to be contributing towards an orienteering initiative on the Isle of Arran!