Sport England has awarded Sarum Orienteering Club a grant of £8865 towards the costs of a project aimed at growing participation in the sport. The Sarum Greenshoots project will establish a weekly after school junior club to give experience of the sport to youngsters and families new to orienteering as well as those already involved.
Sarum Chairman Ian Peirce said ‘We are delighted that Sport England has chosen to support this project which we hope will give youngsters and their families an experience of an exciting outdoor sport that is available to people of all ages and skill levels’.
Club Coach Liz Yeadon said ‘This will provide us with the resources to provide entry level skills and training for newcomers to orienteering as well as developing the capabilities of more experienced orienteers. The programme will provide opportunities for youngsters to move on to the regional squad and, potentially, into national and international competitions’.
The junior club will meet on Monday evenings after school during term times starting in September this year and will be lead by Junior Development Officer Phil Conway. Phil, who has successfully run a similar project for Guildford Orienteers, said ‘Club members will learn the basic skills to navigate their way around a mapped area safely and confidently and in a fun and informative way. The programme will also include exercises to develop mental reasoning and problem solving as well as increasing the physical fitness of the participants’.
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