Over recent years Jane and her team of coaches have delivered orienteering sessions in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
Sporting Schools is a Commonwealth Government initiative. Funding is available to schools to have specialised sports coaching delivered to their students. The benefit to us - exposure of orienteering plus employment for our coaches-in-residence (young orienteers on gap years from overseas and hosted by us) and our university students.
The four week program at New Town Primary School was delivered to all students from grade 2 to grade 6. They enjoyed activities run by coaches Joe Dickinson, Johann Burgess, Mike Calder and Jane herself.
Upon completion of the course, PE teacher Susan Leitch wrote to us: “The four week Orienteering Program has been fantastic. You have all done an outstanding job with our students. The enthusiasm, effort and fun that the students have put into the last week of course running has been a real joy to watch”.
Because there are no Twilight events at the moment, it is too early to see if we have attracted any students to our club events, however one NTPS student and his father participated in the event at 7 Mile Beach last Saturday and another three at the event at Peter Murrell Reserve this weekend. We’ll be targeting New Town Primary students just before the next Twilight Series starts. After our program at Illawarra Primary School in Term 1, eleven students and their parents participated in the final Twilight event at Montagu Bay.
We have now commenced a 4-week program at Waimea Heights Primary School. There is scope for us to visit more schools later in the year.