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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1st May
All Primary pupils (P5 and above) are encouraged to enter. There will be three different courses for the differing age groups.
There will be 6 separate courses on the Friday for all year groups across the secondary range. (S1 to S6) Staff will be encouraged to compete on the S6 course.
Prizes will be offered to individuals and trophies to overall school winners.
Current Primary trophy holders are Pencaitland (P6), Aberlady (P5) and Whitecraig (P7)
As well as the competitive elemnet theere will also be representatives from local orienteering clubs and a number of self directed orienteering activities that you and your pupils can engage with.
Schools may register for the race at any time between 0930 and 1400. Start times will be given to be as soon as possible after registration. Schools bringing more than 20 pupils will be asked to register at a particular time slot through the day. This will be advised a month before the event.
In order to secure an entry for your school please
let us know of your intent to attend and approximate numbers of pupils attending by sending an email to email@example.com marked Orienteering competition 2018 in the subject field
More information will be requested and given a month before the event.
Any questions or queries concerning either the Primary or Secondary event – please contact Martyn at Outdoor Learning
Results will be published online as soon as possible after the event (next working day). All courses will be using SportIdent timing equipment
Below is a table of scheduled ‘Adventure Award Days’ and other pupils events including Secondary Challenges.
These opportunities are mostly free and open to all age ranges.
This list is not exhaustive of the offers from your Outdoor Learning Service. If your class/school has ideas on how to embed outdoor learning opportunities and require some specialist help from an Outdoor Learning Teacher then please get in touch.
Please don’t miss: the Festivals – Orienteering and Watersports; Residential – fieldwork and winter/summer adventures
Bookings for the scheduled dates below to be made through Keith Christie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why: Consolidation of movement skills/ map reading/ friendly competition/ chance to join local orienteering club and go on to be a world champion/ sweat/ prove to all that your school is the best not only in East Lothian but Midlothian as well!
How: To enter please send an email indicating approximate numbers of pupils and accompanying adults to Martyn (email@example.com)
The annual East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition will take place at
John Muir Country Park on Friday 22nd March 2013
We hope to see as many schools as possible represented at this great competitive event. Make the most of the last day of term. Please get in touch direct with Martyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or queries. The most pertinment information is displayed below.