Scottish Schools' Orienteering Festival
2018 - Friday 1st June

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Updated: 18th April 2018

The Festival is aimed at pupils who have been introduced to orienteering through their school and the courses will be set at a level that will allow success for all pupils who have grasped the basic skills. Courses will be set for Primary 5 and upwards.

The Festival will be held on Friday 1 June with the closing date for entries being 24rd May 2018.

Venue

Pollock Country Park, Haggs Road, Glasgow G41 4AR. The event will be based at Netherpollok but coaches may require to park at the Burrell Collection car park which is a short distance away. Details and instructions will be published before the event.

Area

The Area is a mix of mature woodland and open parkland areas. There is a very good path network.

Map

he area has been recently updated and is at a scale of 1:7500 for all courses.

Courses

These will be set from P5-S6 as shown on the entry summary sheet. The main factor about the courses is that they will be planned to provide maximum success for the participants. It is however, presumed that all participants will have had some practical experience of orienteering at School and are familiar with an orienteering map. Pupils may enter any course as a solo participant or as part of a pair. If a School wishes to enter a mixed pair these runners should be entered on the boys event.
Pairs should be bracketed on the entry form.

Pupils should know that the correct controls should be visited in order. If they do not manage that they will be given penalties rather than being disqualified.

Start/Finish

All facilities, plus parking, will be in close proximity.

Start times

Start times will be available from 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. Please note that runners from the same School, and on the same course, will start at least 4 minutes apart therefore your first start time will need to allow all your entries to begin by 12.15.

Electronic Timing

We will again be using the Sportident system of timing. Each competitor/pair will be issued with an electronic "dibber" to use on their course at the start area. If your pupils are unfamiliar with this system let us know and we will arrange for a demonstration before your first start time. Pupils who are regular orienteers may have their own "dibber" which they can use. Please add the Sportident number to the entry sheet.

Unfortunately, we have to charge schools £30 for any dibbers lost by their pupils although, happily, this is a very rare occurence.
Information about sportident can be found on the Scottish Orienteering Association website.

Awards

Awards to first 3 individuals on each course. Team awards will be made where there are sufficient entries. Winning Teams are decided by adding the first three finish times.

Presentations

Will be made at the end of the event as soon as final results are available.

Entry Fees

School Registration Fee of £5 to cover general administration costs and affiliation to Scottish Schools’ Orienteering Association. The entry fee is £2.00 per participant (ie £4.00/pair)

Entries

Please use the official forms that you can download below and ensure that

Entry Form

Entry Form Summary

SPostal Entries should be Sent to:

SSOA
7 St Ninians
Lanark
ML11 7HX

Postmarked no later than 24th May 2018.

Current Trophy holders should ensure that all Individual and Team Trophies are returned before or on the day of the event.

More Information

Mr Blair Young
PE Department
Biggar High School
John’s Loan
BIGGAR
ML12 6AG

Email: byoung@biggar.s-lanark.sch.uk
Tel: 01899 222050
Fax: 01899 222051

Partners

Scottish Schoolsport Federation logo

International Schoolsport Federation logo

Scottish Orienteering logo

British Schools logo

The Scottish Schools' Festival is supported by -

The Strain Family - East Lothian Orienteers
Scottish Schools' Orienteering Association
Biggar High School
Tinto Orienteering Club