SOC Saturdays Update: The Rapunzel Approach

Rapunzel is a flaxen-haired maiden who sits in a high tower waiting to be rescued and whilst waiting she combs her long blonde hair. Usually, however, she wears her hair in a sensible, three-stranded plait. Rapunzel is therefore the inspiration for our approach to SOC Saturdays. No, not the sitting and waiting and combing of long blonde hair - the three-stranded approach !!

Strand One: Coaching in Schools

Hampshire schools are, after a long break, starting to take an interest in orienteering as a useful way of delivering the adventure sport dimension of the PE curriculum. This means increased interest in SOC delivering coaching in schools and increased interest in orienteering from the children involved.

Strand Two: SOC Members 1

Since the launch of our SOC Saturday initiative, many members have offered to help out by delivering SOC Saturday leaflets in their local area. If you can help us by putting up or giving out leaflets to interested people in your local area, you can either pick some up at the SOC picnic on 3rd July, (see Chair's newsletter) or contact Helen on juniors [at]

We also need more volunteers to help out at our SOC Saturday events on 25/9/21, 23/10/21, 27/11/21, 8/1/22, and 12/2/21. If you would like to help, please contact Helen on the above e-mail address.

Strand Three: SOC Members 2

SOC members are our greatest asset and our greatest ambassadors. You probably have some friends who have absolutely no interest in orienteering but others who do. Please bring them along to a SOC Saturday or two and hopefully they will become hooked and may even become members of SOC. It will be great to see new members, especially young members to swell the ranks of our Junior section.

Thank You.

Club Top Order

I am planning to make a long-overdue order for new club orienteering tops. The committee has decided to keep the current supplier and design (although there may be minor differences as a hard disk failure means the supplier has lost the original manufacturing details).

The exchange rate is such that we're able to offer the tops at a slightly lower rate of £25 for short-sleeves and £30 for long-sleeves. There is also a new option of having a mesh back. I'm pleased to say that the committee has agreed to offer free tops to juniors who have earned a British Orienteering Navigation Challenge certificate and to operate a free exchange scheme when they grow out of them!

See the club website for more details and for a link to the order form. Please place any orders by the end of next weekend (20th June).

Sunday 11th July - BADO Urban Event at Andover

Entries open soon at for the BADO Urban at Andover West. So that's on our doorstep and part of the Southern England Orienteering Urban League (SEOUL). Could this be one for your diary?