I’m Honoured to recieve this Award from British Orienteering for National Coach of the Year 2018. There are 120 Clubs in the UK and its super to be representing the South West region again which has a great S.W Junior Team, who Wessex send our next top club runners to, aspiration being National Squad!
Working independently since 2013:- I partner with all the local Sporting Organisations and Clubs Wimborne and Wessex, Active Dorset Schools Games Organisers and Schools. Most recently I partnered with Public Health Dorset from Dorset Council to Map, Plan Permanent courses and Install them at two locations in Weymouth. These courses use the Oriento Plaque system that is QR code based, Users scan controls using a smart phone APP and theyre runs are shared to the Web. I opened the first of these type of courses in 2015 in Alexandra Park, Poole. Secondary Schools may be interested in this system adopted with my creation at Bournemouth School for Girls 2018.
Evidence of recent work:- I worked with Beat the Street Poole last Autumn 2018 to provide celebration Events in Poole and Upton CP with Wessex Orienteering , very happy to be encouraging families further exploration of all our great parks and outdoor spaces. 12 of them locally available to explore. You can read all the weekly updates of Wessex events and activities on my Co-Chairmans chat on the website. Seems the life skill of navigating is having another re-surgence as people become increasingly dependent on tech, I’m making more schools maps than ever and doing updates as teachers revisit whats a great fun outdoors activity. If youre Dorset school has perhaps been mapped search here. I previously worked for Sustrans between 2007-2013 as a full time Schools Bike-It officer, read my newsletters here.
I plan, organise and deliver Events and Activities regularly on a local level both independently and with my club Wessex Orienteering, a small club based in Dorset. An example was the Workplace challenge January – March 2015. This was great fun in one of my favourite places- Bourne Valley – read the full post here.
Recent Testimonial 2018:- P.E Co-ordinator from St James Primary Boscombe :
Name one aspect you really enjoyed about the sessions:- “Seeing those with reluctance to partake in sport find a new enjoyment of the outdoors and sport” “Jason had lots of good ideas and there was clear and appropriate progression of the skills through the weeks. I thought the classroom sessions were really interesting and introduced Orienteering in a very clever way.” Please make any additional comments that you wish to pass on to the coach “Jason was friendly and enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and obviously loves Orienteering which came across to the children. He got to know the children over the weeks and was patient and kind to them.”