Juniors

Juniors

Junior Training

Junior training is organised with other clubs in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOC, ELO, RR, KFO and TAY), and happens roughly once a month on a Saturday afternoon. If you're a member of one of these Clubs, then once you or your parents have given us an e-mail address, you should be getting regular updates and reminders about these.

The first four in the series of sessions for 2017/18 has recently been announced.  The dates are as follows:

  • 30 September
  • 4 November
  • 25 November
  • 6 January

Details are usually confirmed by e-mail to juniors/parents 2 weeks before the event.  Please contact Katherine Ivory (katherineATtusks.org.uk - replace AT with @) if you did not receive an e-mail about the first training this session, so that she can add you to the juniors e-mail list.

There is no specific fitness training for juniors. Let me know if you think one, such as a hillrep session, should be set up. You might want to think about joining an athletics club, but it goes without saying that orienteering races are way better than track or cross-country!

There is an excellent intervals session at the Meadows on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7.55pm. There are often a few Interløper juniors and adults there, although it's open to anyone.

For older juniors (approximately M/W 14 upwards), there are more advanced training options to aim towards. SCOTJOS (Scottish Junior O Squad) selects people based on their performances in the main Scottish events (Scottish O League, Scottish Champs and, this year, Scottish 6-Days), and they have a number of training weekends and an alternate year tour. There are also British junior camps, again with quite tough selection, such as obtaining championship standard in one or more of the main British events. Currently, we have some very successful Interløpers in SCOTJOS.

Junior Events

There are a few key events to look out for, where we really need you to come along and represent the club:

JK, British and Scottish relays. The age categories for making up teams for these are all different, so check out each event and let our club captain (Rob Lee) know your availability so he can get teams together.

The Jamie Stevenson Trophy is a Scottish inter-club competition and barbecue for juniors. For this, we need as many of you as possible if Interløpers is to hold its own against some of the bigger clubs in the North and West!

Junior Inter-Area weekend. Usually happens in the autumn. Our juniors compete as part of the East team (clubs involved are the same as for junior training). There is a relay on the Saturday, a night away, and an individual race (often one of the Scottish O League events) on the Sunday.

School Events

Finally, don't forget the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival. Ideally, you need to get teams of three (boys or girls; not mixed) from your year at school to aim for the team trophy. You will have to plan ahead to recruit and train up some friends, and get permission from your school for a day off!

Then there are the World Schools Orienteering Championships, held in alternate years, and definitely worth aiming for, for a sunny week away. Five Interløpers went to Sicily in 2017.

Katherine Ivory

 

Junior Handbook

A Junior Handbook is available for handing out to Juniors new to the Club.  The individual chapters in the Handbook are available on this website for downloading, and may be found at these links:

Event Record Card

The Event Record Card, on which Juniors and/or Beginners can record details of successfully completed events, may be downloaded from this website.  If you have access to a printer capable of printing double-sided, the complete card is available here. Otherwise Page 1 and Page 2 can be found at these links.