An online Organisers’ workshop is being run over 2 online sessions on the 4th March and 9th September with club based mentored tasks to be completed in between. Participants will need to attend both workshops and complete all the club based tasks to complete the Young Organiser award. This is open to juniors( 16 +) who are starting out in organising and will cover some of the basics of organising a local event.
This series of workshops is for juniors who have no planning experience or have just started to do some planning and want to know more. It will run across the following dates:
Friday 12th January – Optional Condes/Purple Pen workshop
Monday 15th January – Workshop 1
Monday 22nd January – Workshop 2
Monday 29th January – Optional TD3/4 workshop
The workshops will be held on Zoom and run from 7:30pm to 9pm; it is expected that delegates will attend both the workshops and that they will have access to either Condes or Purple Pen on their computer. Tablets / phones are not suitable for this and you will need to have uploaded and tried out your course planning software before the first workshop. There will be a planning exercise to do between each workshop date.
An optional workshop on Friday 12th January is to ensure that learners are familiar with the basics of using either Condes or Purple Pen. It is strongly suggested that you attend this unless you are confident using course planning software.
The trainers will decide in conjunction with the learners whether to run the optional TD3/4 workshop and the date will be negotiable.
Having established that we need to find a way to retain and grow the key demographic of 20-39, the SOA Board have appointed Graham Gristwood as Scottish Orienteering Performance Manager working 2 days a month from 1st September.
Graham brings both his experience as GB athlete and that of a level 3 licensed coach who has worked in a variety of coaching roles for both clubs and at a personal level. His role is one aimed at both the support of elite athletes as well as helping to encourage retention of orienteers in the sport between 20 and 39. To address any conflict of interest regarding WOC 2024 ( as Graham was one of the WOC mappers, and previously was Technical Director before COVID delays), Graham will only be working on forest based support until after WOC 2024.
In order to develop orienteers aged between 20 -39, he will aim to work not only with Scotjos leavers but any athletes in the age group who are running at TD 5 and based in Scotland. The aim is to encourage these athletes to remain in the sport through coaching trips and social elements as well as helping high level coaching development in Scotland.
At the elite level, Graham will help prepare Scottish based athletes when they either represent Scotland at the Senior Home Internationals or are selected to represent GB. Athletes and their coaches will be engaged on a one to one level with Graham developing a regular program through the year to provide not just training but coordination of transport to event. The hope is to develop a team feel where people are proud to represent Scotland.
If any athletes would like to be included on mailing list or if any licensed coaches are interested in working with the programme please get in touch with Graham directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine our sport thriving with lots of young adults swelling our numbers. Can we be more attractive?
We know we have demographic deficit with numbers dropping off in the late teens and not picking up until the 40 plus age group . Orienteering Edinburgh was an attempt to make the sport more attractive to a younger demographic. A trial approach to recruiting younger people into the sport through offering a simplified and united approach from clubs across the city of Edinburgh.
Today in a celebration of the young people that contribute to our sport, we are highlighting the activities of our nominations for Young Orienteer of the Year 2023. We are delighted to announce that the winners this year are Charlotte Horne and Isla O’Donoghue who between them are the mainstays of Aberdeen University Orienteering Club.
Around 16 junior orienteers and 9 or so parents from the east of Scotland went to St Magdalene’s Hill in Perth last weekend for a morning of coaching. This involved being put through their paces and answering the question: How long is the rope?
Another group of Young Coach Assistants has just completed their training, this time at Glenmore Lodge. The weather, which had threatened to be absolutely foul, was kind to us and, although we started off indoors by mapping the bar area whilst the snow melted, we soon moved outside to deliver practical coaching exercises.