Update on Forthcoming Events
Both regular orienteers and newcomers to the sport may have been a bit surprised at changes of event venues recently, some of which have unfortunately been at short notice.
Some of our usual parks and woodland are freely open to the public, so holding an orienteering event there might appear straightforward, but this is not always the case.
For the club to put on an event, in non-Covid times, there is a sequence of activities that has to be done and questions to answer: Is the venue suitable at that time of year (eg presence of undergrowth)?, is the date feasible for the landowner (eg is there a conflicting activity on site that day)?, plan courses and confirm control locations with on site visits, complete a Risk Assessment and submit it to the landowner together with the British Orienteering Insurance cover note, obtain confirmation from the landowner that the event can go ahead, publicise event.
During this pandemic we are finding that requests to hold events might not get a prompt response (e.g. staff might be working part-time or furloughed). Some landowners are taking the view that an organised event is not permissible within current guidelines, and others, such as Forest England and local authorities, have a regional or nationwide strategy in place to decline all external events. There are also instances where permission has been given but is later withdrawn, sometimes close to an event date, due to changes in Government guidelines.
All of this is making it a little tricky for us to maintain our usual programme of regular events. Please bear with us during this challenging time until we come out the other side.
The committee would also like to reassure everyone that, when we can hold events, we have put in places lots of measures to make them as Covid secure as possible.
Keep safe and remember to check our Events page for any last-minute changes before travelling to an event.
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