Tag: young people

Scottish Elite and Development Squad improving skills in Spain

The Scottish Elite and Development Squad (SEDS) is an initiative designed to help orienteers in their 20s and beyond to stay in the sport.

SEDS arranges for groups to take part in major events and training. In the middle of February, sixteen orienteers – paying their own way – travelled to Burgohondo, two hours west of Madrid, for a warm weather training camp.

The week in Spain ended with the four-day Maximus O Meeting (MOM) event.

The MOM is a huge and important event with a top field from across Europe. There were 85 in the Women’s Elite and 220 in the Men’s Elite, which had to be split in two to cope with the numbers.

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Young Organiser workshops

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.

Book online through the Google form by 26th Feb or contact Suzanne with any questions

Junior Planning workshops 2024

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:
  1. Friday 12th January – Optional Condes/Purple Pen workshop
  2. Monday 15th January – Workshop 1
  3. Monday 22nd January – Workshop 2
  4. 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.
Please submit the Google registration form by Tuesday 2nd January 2024 (deadline extended) or direct any queries to suzanne@scottish-orienteering.org

Performance Manager to promote retention of 20-39 age group

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. 

Photo Credit: Rob Lines

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 grahamgristwood@scottish-orienteering.org

Can we be more attractive?

Imagine our sport thriving with lots of young adults swelling our numbers. Can we be more attractive?

Newcomers enjoy Orienteering Edinburgh

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.

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Volunteer week – Day 7

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.

Isla and Charlotte looking cold but cheery at the EUOC Big Weekend
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Volunteer week – Day 5

Today features some key contributors that Forth Valley Orienteers have highlighted as members who are helping their club continue to flourish.

Young leaders have been stepping up to their new responsibilities – Sam Hunt and Grace Polwart supporting the FVO Stars coaching, with Sam also planning events, and Scarlett Kelly organising events.

Sam, Scarlett and Grace showing us how it’s done.
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How long is the rope?


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?

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