We are part of a collective group of outdoor organisations which have published the ‘Manifesto for the Outdoors’ ahead of the Scottish National elections in coming months. We have a strong desire to ensure the benefits of outdoor activity is appreciated and due consideration is given to the necessary resources to maximise this resource for everyone in Scotland in 2021 and beyond.
We wish to share a research request from Mairi Eades who is conducting research in the area of adults participation in orienteering and their motivations. Please take 15minutes to complete the online questionnaire.
Today SOA have published their guidance on permitted activities and events for orienteering in Scotland with immediate effect. Following the First Minister’s statement on Tuesday we are delighted to see the easing of our ‘Stay At Home’ restrictions to permit the return of organised sport. It gives us great pleasure to announce that club activities and coaching can resume for both adults and young people, within the guidelines outlined here. There is further good news that club member only events will be allowed to resume but strict adherence to local authority boundary limits for travel and participation in events must be respected. As always our clear message is to stick to the guidance published but also to always to act as ambassadors of our sport and ensure we all stick to the ethos of the guidelines as well. We welcome the opportunity to restart our sport and very much look forward to clubs re-engaging with their members in person.
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We welcome yesterday’s update from Scottish Government with some optimism on the resumption of Orienteering. We await further clarification on guidance from our partners, sportscotland on permitted activities & travel restrictions which are vital to us publishing meaningful guidance to clubs and members. We promise to communicate SOA guidelines as soon as these become available.
The SOA would like to extend it’s congratulations to FVO & Masterplan Adventure’s Graham Gristwood on his appointment to the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission recently. It has fantastic to see representation on an International body from a Scottish athlete.
With International Women’s Day on the 8th March embracing the theme of challenging gender equality and highlighting bias, we have chosen to kick off our new monthly series of ‘Community Conversations’ with the first topic of Gender Equality in orienteering.
Yesterday our Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Keir, joined 34 other CEOs of Scottish Sports Governing Bodies to connect with the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mairi Gougeon, and Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, at the virtual meeting.
Whilst we would love to be in a position to have our 2021 AGM in person and allow for face to face discussions, the Board have taken the decision that it is necessary to host the 2021 AGM online to allow for planning to take place. We look forward to publishing the AGM booklet, however we ask you for now to **SAVE THE DATE SOA AGM 25th June 2021**.
As always we welcome your input! Should any member or club wish to put forward a proposal or a nomination for any of our vacant director positions please contact Fiona@Scottish-orienteering.org
Following the First Minister’s statements this week we want to provide something to look forward to during these days in lockdown and to reassure our members that we are committed to hosting events in 2021, when restrictions allow. Our primary focus as the first step will be supporting and encouraging clubs to restart with local events and re-engage their members. We will provide advice and support to clubs to ensure everyone has confidence that all measures have been taken to allow for the safe return of our sport.
And looking beyond local events, we want to give our commitment to supporting the return of regional and national events when we are permitted to do so.
We are truly delighted to welcome Neil Rankin to the SOA Board of Directors. As an Independent Director, Neil was approved by the Board following an application and interview process. Neil brings to the role significant experience in the Scottish sporting system and professional insight into the areas of welfare, equity and inclusion.