Since its inception in 2009, the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS) has organised and managed a training camp aimed at athletes aged 14-15 at Lagganlia Outdoor Eduation Centre in the Cairngorms, Scotland. In many ways this camp has become the flagship of the four summer camps that JROS supports each year, and for many juniors it represents the first rung on a national development ladder.
The camp is not only important for the young athletes, but also for developing junior coaches. It typically attracts half a dozen each year, who are willing to give up part of their summer, etiher as a break from University studies or by using part of their summer holidays from work, to help coach the up and coming juniors. Our funding will help cover expenses of those junior coaches, making their development financially viable.
Furthermore these junior coaching opportunities are not one-offs. At least a dozen junor coaches who started out at Lagganlia have gone on to coach again at that or other JROS camps, as senior coaches and one even as a lead coach, and many also coach for their regional orienteering squad back home.
On receipt of the award, Keith Marsden from JROS commented:
On behalf of JROS may I thank Orienteering Foundation once more for the generous grant towards our work in developing juniors and their coaches. It is proving increasingly difficult to raise funds to the level that we have in the past and therefore to distribute the funds to recipients at the level that we would like. That makes us doubly grateful for the support given to us by Orienteering Foundation.