The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) officers are working hard to enable Army Orienteering to re-start in England as soon as possible after 29 Mar 21, as long as the Government continues to allow outdoor sports to begin then.  This will only be in line with  the guidelines that British Orienteering, as the National Governing Body, agrees with the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). All activity and all participants will continue to comply with the Army's Force Health Protection Instructions (FHPI).

We are taking the opportunity of the lack of activity during the lockdown to restructure this web site so that information is easier to find, especially regarding the distinction between the AOA and BAOC.


When the reorganisation is actively taking place, the web site will be unavailable - it is anticipated that will only be for a short time on each occasion. Otherwise, we'll be making it available for general viewing, although some items may be in a different place.

The President of the Army Orienteering Association (AOA) agreed at an AOA meeting on Fri 8 Jan 21 that Army Orienteering would remain suspended until 1 Mar 21.  Whilst a further official assessment is due to take place on 22 Feb, it is already clear that the Government is very unlikely to approve the resumption of outdoor sport until at least after the currently anticipated return of English pupils back to schools from 8 Mar.

As requested during the MLS AGM, PFA the current MLS FOE for remainder of the season. This should hopefully help units and team captains identify opportunities to organise an event. If an event is unable to go ahead then the intent is to reschedule the event to the next available date or one which is suitable for the Organiser rather than cancel the event.


Regards


MLS Secretary 


MLS Unit Reps,


I am looking at updating the POC which I currently have for the MLS unit reps. If you are the unit rep or team captain and have not received an email from myself recently in regards to MLS AGM or FOE than please send your details to myself via the AOA details tab.


Regards


SSgt Des Dickinson


MLS Secretary


British Orienteering have re-iterated the Government's Guidance for outdoor exercise during the English national lockdown from Tue 5 Jan. There are to be no organised orienteering activities (events, competitions, leagues or coaching), except for disabled people.  Local Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses can be used for permitted individual exercise, but without any competition or league results.

24 Dec 20:


Given the extent of the COVID Tier 4 precautions spreading across southern England, the decision has now been made, reluctantly but realistically, to cancel the 2020 Inter Corps & Individual Championships due to be held on Long Valley in mid-January.  Rather than further incremental delays we will re-programme both events using the same areas in November 2021 as the 2021 Championships. That way we will be able to exploit the work already completed towards challenging events next season.

The MLS AGM will be held via Zoom on the 14 Jan 2021 at 1900. If you wish to attend please email myself at des.dickinson@gmail.com and I will forward you the invite.


Regards


Des


MLS Secretary


The British Orienteering Championships (BOC) and British Relay Championships (BRC) 2020 that had been re-programmed by SEOA for early March 2021 have now been cancelled due to the non-availability of alternative parking arrangements, plus COVID uncertainty.  Individual entrants should have received notification yesterday through Fabian4.  BAOC Members who had paid their Relay Entry Fee contribution will be contacted shortly.


'Soldiers must not forget how to read maps ... Commander of the Field Army has said' according to The Daily Telegraph Defence Correspondent in an article on Saturday 5 December. "The big 'what if' is, if we lose that satellite, lose that geo-locating device, if we lose our communication system, how do we operate?"  'Other senior commanders are ...

The ASPT and the AOA have agreed to resume their Orienteering Skills courses in Mar 2021.


The basic skills course has temporarily been replaced by an Introductory Orienteering Skills course. This will comprise of 4 two hour online sessions on the Mon and Tue, followed by a practical consolidation day at an event location on the Wed. A three day top up will be offered to students later in the year to complete the full course content. Applications via the ASPT

A plug for British Orienteering's new FREE online Event Safety Course - until 31 Dec 20, after which it will cost £10. This provides an overview of the safety requirements and issues in staging an orienteering event. It has a particular focus on risk management and the means of controlling risks at acceptable levels. Even if you are only involved in military events, why not expand your experience?

The BAOC Zoom AGM  occurs at 7.30 pm on Thu 3 Dec. 


Log on details have been emailed to registered Members. If not received, contact BAOC Secretary.


All Members are encouraged to attend what is intended to be a short (<1 hr) meeting to assist the appropriate management of the club.


The Agenda:


Chairman’s, Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports


Election of Officers:  Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer    


The current Chairman (Chris Huthwaite) and Secretary (Charles Bromley Gardner) are prepared to stand again.

MOD policy in order to protect the force requires the Army Orienteering Association to limit participation, be it as an official or competitor, in Military Orienteering events to a maximum of 30 non-entitled civilians, subject to any tighter regional regulations.

The (current small) Committee has co-opted two additional officials to help manage club activities:  Karen O'Hara-Styles has volunteered as Membership Secretary, whilst Rob Ashton agreed to be the Manager for BAOC teams in civilian relays e.g. JK, British Champs etc (let's hope that there will be some next year).

Due to the progress of the pandemic across the UK the ASPT and the AOA have decided that value of the course continuing is not worth the risks associated with putting it on.


We will aim to continue with the January courses. The inters course is filling up fast!


Apologies for the disappointment.


The MLS will always aim to provide orienteering at the lowest possible cost to the individual/Unit, whilst also providing the service and standard we have all come to enjoy.

After due consideration and a review of the delivery of Army Orienteering as a component of Individual Military Training (IMT), the Army Orienteering Association (AOA) have decided that in order to protect the force and reputation of the Army and MOD, further compliance measures are required during this global pandemic.


Unfortunately, the impact of this decision will be felt mostly by our loyal civilian community who have recently help us provide top class orienteering for all, delivered by an exceptionally capable volunteer team.

Applications are invited for the replacement of the Army Orienteering Association’s (AOA) coaching officer, who is retiring in May 21. This important part-time appointment coordinates and delivers coaching to soldiers and plays a pivotal role in developing orienteering as an ‘individual military skill’ in the British Army.

Sorry, The MLS can now only have 30 civilians at any event.  Drayton event from 7 Oct now rescheduled for 21 Oct in place of Hogmoor, which will slip to Dec.  Those civilians already entered will be given a credit of their entry fee for use in future events. If the 30 limit becomes long term then MLS will look at making refunds, less the transaction fee and a small admin fee, for those who do not want to stick with a credit.


We need to find some non-military areas to run open BAOC events on, independent of the MLS, so any suggestions welcome.


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