Coaching day 4th November 2023
The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes, on Saturday 4th November 2023, in a similar format to previous ones (Sept 2022, 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, including how to sign up as an individual, or encourage your club to attend as a group.
Unfortunately we can no longer use the original location of Colonel's Drive in the Graythwaite Estate. However, we have managed to secure access to use Great Tower at short notice. Many thanks to Derek Allison and Richard Tiley for helping to arrange this so swiftly.
Date – Saturday 4th November 2023.
Location – Great Tower Wood (RouteGadget). Turn off the A590 at the Newby Bridge roundabout and follow the A592 north for 3 miles then turn right, signed Park Cliffe Campsite, brown sign, and Great Tower Scout camp, O flag. Follow the road uphill to the white stones on the left and the archway entrance, O flag. Unless told otherwise, please park in the lower car park on the right immediately inside the entrance. Park neatly adjacent to other cars as it's not a big car park. Entrance to the site see Google maps, postcode LA23 3PQ, what3words ///active.perfectly.amazed. There will be a bucket for parking fees, £2 per car.
Organisation and planning – Derek Allison
Timing – 10am until 2:30pm when controls will be collected.
Cost - 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.
Facilities – There are toilets near the main reception area and at the start triangle. 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.
Payment must be made in advance by 15th October 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 5th November – 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 Roanhead (sand dunes). Details on the LOC event page and previous RouteGadget.