East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2020

Registration

What
2020 EL Schools’ Orienteering competition will take place at John Muir country Park.

Who
This fantastic sporting opportunity is available to all Primary students from P4 to P7. A little previous experience through some orienteering training at school is required for entry – please talk to your PE specialist. Unlimited numbers so please feel free to bring along whole classes or even year groups. Entry is free. All P4/5 will be required to compete as pairs. P6/7 can decide whether to compete solo or as a pair.

Typical Course

Where
John Muir Country Park. Bus parking available; toilets; beach; playpark. Walk/ Cycle from Dunbar /West Barns. If any school getting train we can arrange pick up and drop off from railway station. Buses stop at entrance to JMCP – 106,120, 130, 253 X7. The park is on the route National Cycle Network 76.

When
Wednesday the 20th May 2020. Competitors may arrive for registration anytime from 0900 to 1430. Course will close at 1530

Why
Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved social skills, integration into peer groups and extending social networks for young people. It is also associated with reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in young people…
British Heart Foundation (2014)

Orienteering Experiences and Outcomes across all Levels

Timing
The course itself will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Registration will take a couple of minutes and the walk to the start will take approximately 10 minutes. Pupils will be set off with at least a 30 second interval between each competitor. For 30 children expect to be on site for a minimum of 75 minutes. We will have other orienteering activities near registration and there is a play park on site and the wonders of the beach along with toilets – so feel free to plan to stay longer.

Results
Results will be live at the venue throughout the day. Each competitor will receive a certificate and there will be opportunities promoted for taking their orienteering further with local club links

To take part
Please register your school with numbers and arrival time with Martyn – at mpegg@elcschool.org.uk by Friday 1st May

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