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Come & Try Orienteering

Published: December 11, 2018

We are running two COME & TRY ORIENTEERING sessions for Over 50’s!
Orienteering is a sport that requires you to find your way from one point to another using only a map and your ingenuity.

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Permanent Orienteering Course Open at People’s Park

Published: November 21, 2018

WSP in association with Waterford Orienteers recently completed the installation of the Permanent Orienteering Course in the People’s Park, Waterford. Funded by Dormant Accounts through Sport Ireland.

There are three different courses available in Peoples Park, including a ‘Wheelo course’. This ensures that the course is accessible to all and fun for all the family.

Orienteering is an inclusive sport where you need to find your way from one point to another using only a map and your brain. Each course consists of a series of checkpoints that are mapped out and must be found in the correct order. The aim is to complete the course as quickly as possible!

The ‘real life’ problem solving skills experienced in orienteering can help improve participants navigation, communication and social skills.

Thank you to Waterford City and County Council for use of their land and also their staff who helped to install the course. Now let the fun begin!

The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs, uniformed groups and schools.


To tackle your chosen distance:
1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the end);
2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map;
3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box;
4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct
(by referring to the answer sheet);
5. Good luck and enjoy!

FREE MAP DOWNLOADS
For more information please email info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

A Simple Guide to Orienteering

Published: November 21, 2018

A standard orienteering course consists of a start, a series of control sites that are connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish.

Participants will be given a map with the control sites clearly circled and must find these in the correct sequence. Each control site will be marked by a brightly colored flag or a plaque. Participants have to punch their card or collect a code to prove that they have visited this control site. It is important that participants keep their maps correctly orientated at all stage and align it with the features around them.  The aim is to complete the course as quickly as possible. This is something that can be completed in a team or individually.

Our permanent courses and downloadable maps are very easy to use and are suitable for everybody. There is are also ‘Wheelo’ courses  in Kilbarry Nature Park and the People’s Park in Waterford City. It is also very simple to create your own course.

Please note you can take a loan of kites, punches and control cards from our office at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford. However, before you begin, please ensure that participants are aware of how to orientate and align the map. All you need to do is turn the map until what is in front of you in the terrain is in front of you on the map.

If you wish to use one of our permanent courses:

  1. Download the map from the website.
  2. Find the control sites in the correct order and complete the codes at the side of the map to demonstrate that you have fully completed the course.
  3. This can be completed as a timed event if you so wish.

If you wish to create your own course:

  1. Download the master map of the area ALL MAPS
  2. Decide on the course and sequence of control points. You can then draw this map in, using a pen and a ruler. Place a circle around the checkpoints and link the points to one another to indicate the course that is to be followed.
  3. If you have kites and punches available, these can be placed at the checkpoints. Participants can then be given a control card to punch, as they find each control site. Alternatively, if you do not have access to control cards and punches, you can place an object or you own sequence of letter/ numbers for participants to find.

For more information please contact Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191
or email pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Orienteering Maps

Published: November 21, 2018


If you wish to create your own course:

  1. Download the master map of the area below.
  2. Decide on the course and sequence of control points. You can then draw this map in, using a pen and a ruler. Place a circle around the checkpoints and link the points to one another to indicate the course that is to be followed.
  3. If you have kites and punches available, these can be placed at the checkpoints. Participants can then be given a control card to punch, as they find each control site. Alternatively, if you do not have access to control cards and punches, you can place an object or you own sequence of letter/ numbers for participants to find.

For more information please email: info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

DUNGARVAN
Dungarvan Urban Map
Dungarvan Sports Centre
Walton Park Map

LISMORE
Lismore Park Map

KILMACTHOMAS
Kilmacthomas

TRAMORE
Tramore Town Map
Tramore Town Park Map

WATERFORD
Kilbarry Nature Park
People’s Park

 

 

 

Permanent Orienteering Course | Kilmacthomas

Published: November 21, 2018

A NEW Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) has recently been installed in Kilmacthomas.

Waterford Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Orienteering Club (Wato) are delighted to announce the maps are now available to download FREE here…

The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs, uniformed groups and schools.

To tackle your chosen distance:
1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the end);
2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map;
3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box;
4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct (by referring to the answer sheet);
5. Good luck and enjoy!

FREE MAP DOWNLOADS
Kilmacthomas POC Short Course Map | 1km
Kilmacthomas POC Long Course Map | 2.3km

THE ANSWERS
Kilmacthomas POC Answer Sheet

For more information on Orienteering in Waterford
please email info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths. Please wear appropriate footwear.
Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Orienteering Club do not accept responsibility for any injuries.

Permanent Orienteering Course | People’s Park, Waterford

Published: November 21, 2018

A NEW Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) has recently been installed at the People’s Park in Waterford City.

Waterford Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Orienteering Club (Wato) are delighted to announce the maps are now available to download FREE here…

The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs, uniformed groups and schools.

To tackle your chosen distance:
1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the end);
2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map;
3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box;
4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct (by referring to the answer sheet);
5. Good luck and enjoy!

FREE MAP DOWNLOADS
Peoples Park POC Short Course 1 Map | 1km
People’s Park POC Short Course 2 Map | 1km
Peoples Park POC WheelO Course Map | Ikm Wheelchair/Buggy Friendly

THE ANSWERS
Peoples Park POC Answer Sheet

For more information on Orienteering in Waterford
please email info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths. Please wear appropriate footwear.
Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Orienteering Club do not accept responsibility for any injuries.

Permanent Orienteering Course | Kilbarry Nature Park

Published: October 9, 2018

Following the launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilbarry Nature Park, Waterford Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Orienteering Club (Wato) are delighted to announce that four maps are now available to download FREE here…

The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs, uniformed groups and schools.

To tackle your chosen distance:
1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the end);
2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map;
3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box;
4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct
(by referring to the answer sheet);
5. Good luck and enjoy!

FREE MAP DOWNLOADS
WheelO (2.5km, buggy /wheelchair friendly)
Short (2.0km)
Medium (3.6km)
Long (4.2km)

THE ANSWERS
Download the ANSWERS

To organise a specific event please contact:
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths. Please wear appropriate footwear. Waterford City & County Council and Wato do not accept responsibility for any injuries.

Orienteering Teacher Training

Published: October 8, 2018

Fifteen teachers from twelve different primary schools around Waterford City and County took part in our Orienteering Teacher Training last Friday October 5th at WIT Arena. This training was delivered by Mick Farrell from the Irish Orienteering Association.

Even though the day was cold and wet, the teachers weren’t long warming up as they took part in many fun games and team challenges. The teachers learned numerous orienteering games which they could use to introduce their students to the sport. They also got an opportunity to partake in an orienteering course which got very competitive!

After lunch, the group learned how to create their own course on maps using the software ‘purple pen’. All participants left with a resource pack for their school which included kites, control cards and an array of games which can be played anywhere with very little equipment. Schools are also being mapped in the coming weeks, so that they can complete orienteering on-site.

Teachers were present on the day from the following schools: Passage East N.S;  Garranbane N.S; Glor Na Mara, Tramore;  Waterford Educate Together NS, Crehana N.S.; Rathgormack N.S.; Bunscoil Bhothar Na Naomh;  Scoil Mhuuire, Abbeyside; Holy Family Junior N.S.; Scoil Gharbháin; St Joseph’s Special School, Waterford.

A special word of thanks to WIT Arena for providing us with the facility and the Irish Orienteering Association for delivering such a fantastic, informative course.
For more information on Orienteering opportunities in Waterford please contact:
Eadaoin on 0761 102199 or email eloughman@waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

Scoil Gharbhain Map

Published: October 4, 2018

Orienteering Teacher Training

Published: September 20, 2018

Orienteering is a competitive sport that combines racing with navigation, using the geographical skills of map reading and the physical activity of running or walking. Orienteering develops many transferable skills and links with both the Primary and Secondary PE Curriculum. Orienteering is surprisingly easy to implement and school grounds are often the best choice for a first-time, outdoor experience. It can be done both indoors and outdoors (making it a weatherproof adventure activity!) and without having to leave the school. The ‘real life’ problem solving skills experienced in orienteering can help make geography, maths and science much more relevant for students, whilst also helping them build on their confidence, communication and social skills.

After this training day your school will be Ready to Go…Orienteering!!! Get your school mapped out and receive a resource pack and equipment. Participants will also receive a Certificate of Participation from the Irish Orienteering Association on completion of this training.

Cost: €50 without school mapped or €70 if school also needs to be mapped

FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKINGS
Please contact: Louise Barry on 076 110 2619 or lbarry@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

 

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