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.
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. These comprise: Lagganlia for MW14s and some MW15s, Deeside for MW16s, Stockholm for MW17s and 18s, and Gothenburg for MW20s and 19s.
British Orienteering for 2021 are holding a camp for M/W15s at Bagaduish .
Since 2009, JROS has organised the Hawkshead training weekend in the autumn for M/W16’s.
JROS has also organised Coaching Courses in 2015 and 2017 for its volunteer coaches and it will seek to host 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)