Orienteering for schools
Orienteering satisfies all the criteria for inclusion within the school sports curriculum and requires few additional resources. We can deliver regular and seasonal provision at primary and secondary level, in mainstream schools, plus tailored provision for youngsters with disabilities and special educational needs. Activity can be undertaken on site or within the locale, with full supervision and support from qualified and accredited staff.
For further information please contact Gareth Davies on Tel: 07954 411 637 or email via the link below.
Sporting NRG offer instruction and guidance for newcomers to the sport. where the topography and the degree of challenge can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of each group. Beginners will learn how to interpret maps, photographs and other visual information in relation to the features around them, take compass readings, navigate along sensory trails and formulate strategies to overcome problems.
Orienteering provides a safe, controllable format in which physical and mental faculties are channelled towards a positive goal. Courses can be devised where teams must work together to retrieve an object, complete certain tasks at each checkpoint, or find as many 'controls' in a pre-set time. For younger children, the principles can be introduced in the form of a Treasure Hunt, while teenagers gain insight into the values of communication, leadership and self-discipline, when faced with specific challenges. For others, it provides an opportunity to experience the natural environment and engage with their surroundings from a different perspective,
Introductory courses are available for school and colleges, youth groups, community associations and businesses. We provide single day instruction as a stand-alone activity, or we can combine tuition with Team Building exercises for Inset days and staff enrichment.
The sport of Orienteering owes its origins to military training exercises, where, armed with a map and compass, participants have to navigate through varied terrain to locate predetermined features, or control points, within the landscape. The route taken between 'controls' is not specified and relies on the skill and judgement of the navigator to decide which will be the best option, given the conditions on the ground. This element of route choice provides the essence of Orienteering. In its most demanding form, competitors race against the clock over great distances, individually, or as a team, in physically challenging terrain, making decisions on the move, while under pressure to be the first to complete the course. For the less super-human, orienteering can be a rewarding way in which to experience and enjoy the natural (or urban) landscape, both on and off the beaten track, at a pace that suits the participants, with appropriate challenges along the way.