Previous coaching days have been well attended and well received for example in November 2018 and November 2019, and we had been hoping to hold another one this autumn. However we have taken the decision to postpone it. The reasons are obviously to do with the Covid-19 situation.
- While restrictions are gradually easing, and British Orienteering have announced a return to orienteering (see their latest guidance here), there remain significant limitations and safety measures in place, which are not conducive to coaching, for example a high degree of coach / participant communication (e.g. briefing / debriefing).
- The government's guidance on personal training and coaching in England (here) currently limits sessions to a maximum of 5 participants per coach. Multiple coaching groups could be spread out through the terrain, but it still limits what can be done. And while this guidance could have changed by the autumn, a change to be less restrictive is by no means guaranteed, and we could equally see a return to tighter restrictions.
- A key theme we've heard in surveys from previous coaching days is that people enjoy making a weekend of it, with an event the next day, and for clubs / squads to stay together as a group. Groups also like plenty of advance notice, so they can drum up support and book accommodation. Given the uncertainty that coming months may hold, it is hard to provide any certainty, and we recognise clubs may be reluctant to commit to book accommodation.
We hope that we can return with another great coaching day some time in 2021 - possibly in the Spring, or else in the Autumn. One thing is for sure - after months of lockdown everyone's orienteering skills will be rusty, and when the time comes we hope there will be strong demand for another coaching day!