As club events and activities restart it is important we consider our Child Protection and Welfare responsibilities. Our partner’s at Children’s 1st have provided an insightful document for clubs to consider as ‘Children and Young People’ return to sport following a period of lockdown. We have an update on processing an PVG applications your club may require and we recommend a documentary on Netflix.
A reminder that the welfare of children in our sport is EVERYONE’s responsibility! If you have any concerns, please raise them with your Club Child Welfare officer or to Fiona@Scottish-orienteering.org Any concerns will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and follow the procedures outlined in our Child Protection & Welfare policies.
We would like to thank you all for your patience as we sought to gain approval for our Phase 3 guidelines for orienteering activities and for the SOA event guidance documents to support the reactivation of events in Scotland.
We are delighted to share with you our guidelines and guidance notes to allow clubs to plan for club activities, coaching and also club only (local) events (with some restrictions in place).
Having given due consideration to the changes outlined in the First Minister’s speech on the 24th June which outlines several amendments to the Scottish Government’s Route map we have updated our Route map to reflect what may be possible in the coming weeks.
Following the First Minister’s statement yesterday we will take time to re-consider what activities may be permitted in July as we move through Phase 2 and into Phase 3. We await further clarity on some of the details and subsequent approval of our guidelines as restrictions are gradually reduced.
We welcome the First Minister’s announcement yesterday in terms of a move through the route map process. We recognise and take seriously our collective responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus. We understand that public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority as a nation. With travel restrictions for leisure still roughly at 5miles this has meant there is little in the way of change in terms of permitted orienteering activities in Scotland. It was again emphasised that we are not yet in a ‘return to sport’ phase but instead a further extension of exercise guidelines.
How apt that the Jamie Stevenson Trophy is a horse as this year our ‘alternative’ event was alive and kicking! We set a challenge for young people to devise and run a course that included nine orienteering features and send in a selfie from their favourite control. In addition, as an extra challenge we asked if they could design a course in the shape of a horse.
VIDEO of all the JSA contributions now available here. What an impressive set of entries!