Smiles all round at the Scottish Schools Festival 2024

Last Friday was the Scottish School Orienteering Festival. This year the festival was organised by St Andrews Orienteering Club, Glasgow (STAG) and was held at Drumpellier Country Park, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. This was the fourth time it has been held in Drumpellier Country Park having previously being held there in 2008, 2014 and 2017.

Over 300 pupils from all across Scotland travelled to the event, lacing up their O-shoes for a day of orienteering. Pupils were aged from upper primary to late secondary school. For some pupils it was their first time doing an orienteering course outside of the school playground. 

At the event, every pupil undertakes a course which is specifically for their school year group. Every participant completes their course even if they miss a control. Rather than DNF-ing, pupils receive a 5 minute time penalty for every control they miss, making the event inclusive to those who are orienteering for the first time. 

Well done to all the pupils for taking part and travelling. Thanks to all the volunteers for letting the day happen. The results from the festival can be found on the Scottish Schools Orienteering Association website.