ESOC MapRun series for disabled users
We are pleased to announce a grant to Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) towards a project to introduce wheelchair users and others with disabilities to orienteering in the Edinburgh area.
The project involves mapping suitable areas and then organising MapRun courses which can be completed independently as well as during dedicated coaching sessions organised by the club.
The areas proposed for the project are as follows:
- Victoria Park (existing map to be updated and georeferenced)
- Saughton Park (new area)
- Hailes Quarry Park (new area)
- Lochend Park (new area)
- Forresters High School (new area)
- Pilrig Park (mapped recently)
- Harlaw Reservoir (mapped recently)
The new areas are too small to sustain courses other than white / yellow for a local event format, but have been identified because they are flat and have a strong network of suitable tarmac type paths, ideal for this project.
The project includes mapping (late summer), possible coaching sessions (in the autumn), and publicity. ESOC have developed useful contacts at Active Schools Edinburgh, Lothian Disability Sport, and Scottish Disability Sport, as well as various other individual contacts, and have coaches experienced in delivering orienteering to children and adults with Additional Support Needs and to adapting activities to ensure inclusion of all.
The courses would also be available to families with young orienteers and those seeking to introduce their children to white / yellow standard courses.
At the Orienteering Foundation we are really pleased to see a grant of this nature, broadening the appeal of orienteering, making innovative use of the terrain available, and harnessing the potential of orienteering as a force for the good in society.