Each spring year 10 members of the orienteering club complete a course to gain the Young Leader Award run by the British Orienteering Federation. The course runs over 2 days and the students learn how to introduce orienteering to beginners and gives them step by step progression of the skills needed.
This year 9 students took up the challenge and in order to complete the Award they went into some of our feeder schools and worked with year 5 & 6 pupils. This year the schools involved were St Mary’s, Croftlands, Pennington and Penny Bridge. Each school had 4 training sessions based on their school grounds. The UVHS students then set up an inter school competition on each school site in turn. The best 3 results were taken for each individual and there were certificates for the top 6, medals for the first 3, and a trophy for the winning boy and girl. (Results below)
There was a Grand Final held on the UVHS field to decide the winning school. Luckily the rain held off and after some determined running and fierce competition St Mary’s won, just beating Pennington by 10 points.
One of the most pleasing results of these training sessions was to see some of the Primary children taking part in the Cumbria Youth Games and Cumbria Schools Championships. In the Cumbria Youth Games Lorna (PB) won the girls race and Solomon (SM) came 3rd in the boys race. In the Cumbria Schools Championships Solomon (SM) won Y5B, Adam (SM) was 9th in Y6B and Lucy (P) finished 4th in Y6G.
We look forward to seeing some of these Primary pupils joining the UVHS club next year.