Learning and coaching
Whether you want to learn orienteering skills – or to teach them – the four course Training Pack at Wythenshawe Park is well worth a look. The Training Pack contains the details of four orienteering courses of increasingly difficulty, each planned to reinforce the techniques illustrated in the ‘Get Out & Go‘ Sports England videos. Each course comes complete with a control by control commentary and MapRun provides plenty of data for post run analysis.
You may not become a wonderfully competent orienteer in the time it will take to run these four courses but the Training Pack will propel you some distance along the way.
Learn to read a map for £1. It’s a bargain.
Wythenshawe Park Training Pack£1.00
Links to the Sports England Videos
‘Get Out & Go‘ is a series of short films funded by SportEngland to take beginners through all the basics.
Click on a picture to go directly to that film:
You may also be interested in these:
- Introduction to MapRunF – a download that shows how you can go round these courses using your smartphone or Garmin watch to track your progress and compare yourself to others.
- International Orienteering Federation control descriptions – everything you could ever come across.
Some earlier videos along similar lines:
- A 5-minute Newcomer’s Guide to Orienteering by GB international Graham Gristwood.
- A 5-minute Discover an Outdoor Adventure introduction to Permanent Courses (which uses our very own Boggart Hole Clough to explain map symbols).
And finally, to take things on to another level:
“Think Fast Run Hard Go Orienteering” is a playlist of a series of 5-minute-ish films featuring GB Squad members each one focussed on a specific technique (which are also introduced in assorted words on our Orienteering Guide page). Links to the individual films:
- Setting the Map (Charlotte Ward)
- Using the Compass (Hector Haines)
- Attack Points (Megan Carter-Davies)
- Aiming Off (Charlotte Watson)
- Large Contour Features (Chris Smithard)
- Route Choice (Alice Leake)
- Intricate Contours (Kris Jones)
- Simplification (Ralph Street)
And of course, if you search for Orienteering on YouTube, all manner of other stuff from all over the world will come up.