Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS) is the umbrella organisation for the 12 Regional Orienteering squads based on the British Orienteering Regions.
JROS was set up to further develop the junior orienteering talent which is nurtured by the Regional Squads.
The ‘Lagganlia’ training camp was based at the Lagganlia OEC near Aviemore. It was aimed at M/W14’s and takes place around the last week in July. There are usually about 24 places for athletes on the camp.
The camp ran from Sunday 30th July - Saturday 6th August 2016
Watch a video made during the camp by Jonny Hooton
Team manager’s report to follow.
The ‘Deeside’ training camp was based at Templars’ Park, Maryculter on the banks of the River Dee near Aberdeen. The camp was for M/W16’s born in 2000 and M/W15’s born in 2001. The camp is usually no more than 20 athletes, the final number being determined by the Selectors and the Team Manager.
The camp ran from Monday 1st August – Monday 8th August 2016
Team manager’s report to follow.
2nd - 4th Decmber
JROS will hold its annual coaching camp for M/W16’s at Hawkshead Youth Hostel in the Lake District.
The ‘Gothenburg’ training camp is designed as a ‘self-help’ tour. Athletes attending will be expected to plan their own training. They will also be expected to be generally well organised, capable of preparing their own meals and self sufficient whilst being supervised by an experienced coach.
The camp will run from 20th - 29th August 2016
The Camp is predominantly for M/W17’s born in 1999 but some top M/W16’s born in 2000 may be selected.
The camp will run from 16th August – 28th August 2016
The summer tours/camps cannot go ahead without the support of volunteers who provide a range of skills including Team Management, Chefs, Coaching Managers, Senior and Assistant Coaches and in-Forest Teams.
Would you would like to offer your time – no previous experience is necessary – to help support juniors in one or more of these training camps?
What are the Objectives of JROS?
In common with the 12 Regional squads its objectives are;
- Talent identification, to select those juniors from the regions who are at a level to benefit from further training with like minded individuals and who have the potential to become outstanding orienteers
- Planning & organisation of a series of training camps which cater for the needs of these talented individuals and to develop all aspects of their orienteering skills; technical, physical, tactical and mental
- To use the training opportunities to enthuse the athletes with both a sense of fun & purpose by including a social aspect to build a supportive group identity
- Organisation of supporting coaches, travel, accommodation, funding, safety, parental communication, publicity etc. necessary for the safe and beneficial development of the athletes
- To work with like minded coaching colleagues for the mutual benefit and development of coaches
How does it seek to meet these objectives?
Since British Orienteering reduced the number of summer training camps for junior orienteers from 4/5 to just 1, JROS has sought to replace these camps and has increased the number they manage from one in 2010 to four in 2012 and has continued to organise and manage four since then.
JROS has, since 2009, also organised a weekend training weekend in the autumn for M/W16’s.
JROS also organised a Coaching Course for some of its volunteer helpers in 2015 and aims to hold further courses in the future.
‘Getting on tour’ was the most important achievement of the orienteering season when I was a junior. Yes it was nice to do well in events but the summer training tours were what counted.
Why? Quite simple really; it was history, tradition. There were so many stories about previous tours….and the great thing is, it was all true!
The travel, friends, maps, terrain, games, races.
2008, Men’s Relay World Champion
as quoted to The 'O' Foundation (2009)