We are excited to have Georgia Jones joining us as an Orienteering Foundation trustee. Read on to find out more in our interview with Georgia.
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.
We are delighted to welcome Lyn West and Wilbert Hollinger as Ambassadors for the Orienteering Foundation
We are pleased to be awarding a grant to Lakeland Orienteering Club towards coach education courses
We are pleased to announce we are partnering on a project with CLOK to fund a Club Development Officer (CDO)
We are pleased to announce a grant towards orienteering development in the Lochaber area, capitalising on the forthcoming Scottish 6 Days
WYE Valley Orienteers recently decided to suspend activities, and are donating their outstanding balance to the Orienteering Foundation.
We have agreed to cover the cost of hosting the Event-O app on the app stores for a second year.
We are very pleased to be sponsoring a month in the JROS 2020/2021 calendar.