We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Orienteering Foundation to support orienteering development work with schools and local communities in the Strathearn area in the lead in to the Scottish 6 Days 2019.
The funding will give us the chance to offer all P5-7 primary school children in the area around which the competition is based an opportunity to have a go at orienteering within school time and also to offer after-school club sessions. Equipment will be provided to the schools, and up to 15 local teachers will be offered training so that they can deliver the majority of the orienteering themselves, helping to make the project sustainable in the long term.
We hope that secondary school pupils will also be involved in the project to help develop the sport, generate interest and act as role models. The grant will allow local young people to take part in Scottish Orienteering’s recently-launched Young Leader course. This will give them the skills to help support primary school activities, run an inter-school festival and block of after-school club sessions. These volunteering opportunities could make a valuable training contribution towards achievement of Duke of Edinburgh or Saltire Awards.
Strathearn lies on the edge of Tayside Orienteers’ core area and most of the club’s current members are located further east so this project should help create a stronger membership base in the Strathearn area. We also plan to put on some “Come and Try It” events in the lead up to the 6-Days, to help act as a pathway into the club for youngsters and their families who have enjoyed the school-based activities.
The Orienteering Foundation is a charity that promotes and supports orienteering, to bring all the benefits this amazing sport has to offer the people of the UK, and to ensure that our sport is here for the enjoyment of generations to come. It is a registered charity, set up with a bequest from Bertie and Elsie Ward in 2006.
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