Coaching day 24th September 2022

Thwaite Woods

Thwaite Woods
Source:Lakeland Orienteering Club

The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes on Saturday 24th September 2022, in a similar format to previous ones (Nov 2021, 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

Date – Saturday 24th September 2022.

Location – Thwaite Woods, Graythwaite, south Lake District (routegadget). Parking will be along the forest road on the east edge of the map. There will be a charge of £2 per vehicle.

Organisation and planning – Derek Allison

Timing – 10am until 3pm when controls will be collected.

The coaching day is open to the following participants:

  • Individuals – Cost £12 per individual participant. This covers access fees, planned training exercises, hung controls, printed maps, and expert coaching from Derek Allison and / or other experienced coaches. Any standard from TD4 (Light Green) up to full TD5 can be catered for. All individual participants must be 18+ years of age.
  • Groups – For example clubs, schools, or junior squads. Cost £6 per group participant. This covers access fees, and supply of electronic map (OCAD) and course files (Purple Pen) to group leaders. Groups MUST supply their own coach(es), who are suitably qualified, sufficient in number, and responsible for the safety of their group. Groups will need to print their own maps, and may either use the planned courses, or modify / design their own using the same controls (please do not hang additional controls in the forest, unless by prior agreement with Derek). Group participants may be of any age that their coaches are happy to supervise. Some TD 2/3 controls; for use by groups, will be provided; details to follow. 

Facilities – None, please use public toilets prior to arrival. All individual and group participants should bring their own orienteering equipment (compass etc.), lunch /
snacks and drinks. 

First aid and safety – Derek and other coaches are qualified first aiders. Groups should also ensure they have a qualified first aider. Derek will prepare the risk assessment for individual coaching, and also provide a copy for group leaders to adapt to do a risk assessment for their own group.

Registration – Individual participants, and group leaders with provisional numbers of participants, MUST register in advance. At the latest by Sunday 28th August 2022, but ideally sooner. You cannot just turn up on the day. Please register in advance with Derek Allison, email .

Payment must be made in advance by Sunday 11th September 2022 at the latest. Payment details will be provided on application.

There will be a limit of 120 individual and group participants, given the limited size of the area, and to preserve a quality coaching experience. First come, first served.

Cancellations – If the coaching day has to be cancelled for whatever reason (e.g. severe weather), those who have booked and paid will be offered refunds, or the option of keeping a place on a rescheduled coaching day. The Orienteering Foundation cannot accept liability for any other costs incurred by participants / groups in the event of cancellation (e.g. accommodation)

Refunds – No refunds will be given, but if a participant has to withdraw, their fee minus £2 admin charge will be refunded if the place is subsequently filled by another paying participant.

Copyright and permissions - The map files provided to group leaders are copyright Lakeland Orienteering Club, and must only be used in conjunction with this coaching day, and deleted afterwards. Moreover, access to the area is sensitive, and permission is only granted on the coaching day itself - groups and individuals must not attempt to use the area at any other time, without first seeking permission via LOC.

Sunday 25th September – Why not make a weekend of quality orienteering training and competing in the South Lakes? The following day there is a LOC event (Cumbrian Galoppen) at Harter Fell. Details to follow on the LOC event page.

04th Jul 22