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Airienteers, Orienteering in Airedale and Wharfedale and Leeds and Bradford

Junior Development Officer

January 2019 News

Last edited: Fri 18 Jan 2019

During 2018 and 2019 I am continuing to work in primary schools delivering orienteering activities to pupils using newly-drawn school maps and SI equipment.

As we all know, AIRE covers a large geographical area of West and North Yorkshire and schools across the whole of the area have taken up the opportunity to teach their pupils navigation and orienteering skills. I have been invited to work in schools as far west as Settle and Bentham, as far east as Wetherby and Boston Spa, as well as numerous schools in Leeds and Bradford. Throughout February and March schools will have the opportunity to compete in relay races as part of the Level 2 School Games in their district. The top teams in each district will then compete at the Level 3 Winter Games in an effort to be crowned County Champions. Last year teams from Leeds district picked up medals in both the U9 and U11 age groups and those schools have gone on to continue to teach orienteering as part of their PE curriculum.

Later in the year, during May and June, There will be a series of Saturday events aimed specifically at juniors using local parks and school grounds. Please check the events calendar for more details on these events. It is still my aim to transfer the interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment I see in every school I visit into juniors and their families attending Airienteers events around the region in the future.

Simon Martland

AIRE Junior Development Officer