LVO Strategy Workshop 2

Blockers ‘Blockers’ are things which get in the way of running a successful club and its development. At the LVO Strategy Workshop, after an introduction and presentation by Mike McClure of SportNI, see here, 3 groups of us identified the top blockers. In alphabetical order they were: Funding: events barely cover their costs. Mapping is expensive and maps have a very limited life span due to initiatives like bike trails and other refurbishments of parks or forests. The club only survives because of volunteer mappers and a small group who are constantly applying for grants. The club currently enjoys rent-free Read More …

LVO Strategy Workshop

1. Introduction and presentation by Mike McClure On 24th April 2019, eighteen LVO members, two guests (Mike McClure of SportNI and Duane Fitzsimons of Belfast City Council) met for a workshop on the future direction of the club, led by guest coordinator Nathalie Foehr. Nathalie opened the evening by inviting everyone present to tell us who they are, what brought them to orienteering and their expectation of the workshop. Some had only been orienteering for a year and wanted to learn more about the sport, but the record was set by Wilbert Hollinger, who has been orienteering for 60 years Read More …

Workshop on future direction of LVO

On Thursday April 25th we are going to have a workshop on the future direction of the club. Nathalie  Foehr, who is an expert in change management, has volunteered to help us with this. We are very happy that Mark McClure of SportNI has agreed to open the discussion. Following Mike’s introduction, we will start with your ideas on what are the ‘blockers’ – things that may get in the way of running a successful club in the future. Working in groups, we’ll then collect and prioritize the most promising opportunities to address these challenges. By the end of the Read More …

2019 Irish Orienteering Championships – Early Bird Deadline

Fermanagh Orienteers will be welcoming people to the 2019 Irish Orienteering Championships, on the first bank holiday weekend in May. There will be different events happening over the weekend, including non-championship courses, so everyone is welcome to attend, and this also includes children and families. Families will only pay entry fees for the first child. Additional child entries are free. ** Early Bird Entry Fee Deadline is 29th March** The final closing date for entries is 19th April. See https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5318 ** Relays can be entered online – just put the teams and names can be added later. See https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5331 A Read More …

Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

Interesting series of short coaching videos from BOF at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r0pQf-Phsc&index=1&list=PLwQxj0iau_RfjWcf_sX-TgM2yIwbpWO2v

LVO Clubmark Award

Two weeks ago Juls Hanvey (Active Clubs Coordinator) and I attended the SportNI Sportmaker Awards 2018 Celebration Event in the Titanic Centre. The main business of the evening was to present awards to a number of coaches and club officials, but we were one of a number of clubs to receive our Clubmark NI award. It was a slickly organised event – for the main awards, a video describing the winner’s achievements was played as they were presented with the award, followed by short interview. Clubmark is Northern Ireland’s quality standard for sports clubs. The programme aims to identify, develop, Read More …

2019 AGM Minutes

Geoffrey Collins has done his usual sterling job of simultaneous listening and writing to produce draft minutes of our AGM on Feb 3rd at Belvoir. Neither Geoffrey or I can remember who proposed and seconded the adoption of last year’s minutes. Please let secretary@lvo.org.uk know if you remember who did. The minutes are available on the website from Resources > Public Folders > AGMs > LVO AGM 2019 v1.docx Many thanks, Cecil

NIOA Score and Night Champs

NFermanagh Orienteers invite you to the Fintona/Seskinore area on Saturday 9th February 2019 for the Score and Night Championships. The NI Prizegiving will be held in the Ecclesville Equestrian Centre, Fintona after the Score. Score Championships  Seskinore Forest, Co Tyrone Directions From Belfast/Dublinfollow A5 from Ballygawley towards Omagh. Approx 10 miles from Ballygawley take the B46 to Seskinore. Just before the village take the B83 (right) towards Omagh. Forest entrance is 0.5 miles on the right.  From Omagh follow the A5 towards Ballygawley. Turn right after approx. 2.5 miles and follow signs for Seskinore on the B83. After approximately 2.5 Read More …