Junior Squad

The Junior Squad is for all members of TVOC who are aged 18 or under. We compete in various regional and national competitions each year and have occasional training sessions.

In July 2022, we finished 6th in the national inter-club Yvette Baker Trophy (YBT) for junior orienteering squads. The final was held at Irchester Country Park in Northamptonshire, where 10 members of the Squad competed against other teams. We were one of twelve larger clubs from across the country who qualified for the YBT national final through different regional heats held throughout the spring. You can view results of the final and see the courses on the Routegadget page.

We have qualified for the YBT national final for two years in a row, since we also competed in the YBT final in 2021, which was held at Westonbirt Arboretum, where we finished 5th overall.

TVOC Junior Squad at YBT Final 2021

Juniors who have participated in 3 colour-coded course events in the last 12 months are eligible for a club top, which can be exchanged for a larger size when out-grown. More details can be found on the TVOC clothing page.

The Thames Valley Junior Orienteering League is new for 2022 and runs in conjunction with TVOC’s Saturday Series. All juniors, whether members of TVOC or not, will be included in the Junior League when participating in Saturday Series events.

To find out more about the Junior Squad, contact Joel Taylor, Junior Rep, via email.

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Once juniors are competing on Orange courses on their own, we encourage participation in the South Central Orienteering Association (SCOA) Junior Squad training sessions, along with juniors from other regional clubs.

SCOA Junior Squad

The SCOA Junior Squad welcomes any enthusiastic TVOC junior who is at least competent on Orange courses and attempting to improve at Light Green courses. We generally meet monthly on Saturday training days and focus on specific navigation skills. Typically, the training days start at 10:30 with a warm up jog and a stretching session. There should then be about an hour’s rest for a packed lunch, and the session should finish by 15:00.

AIMS
• To help SCOA junior athletes to maximise their potential through squad orienteering coaching.
• To motivate junior athletes and coaches by creating an atmosphere that stimulates enjoyment from training, coaching, competition and meeting other juniors with similar orienteering interests.
• To provide British Orienteering and UK Home Countries with talented and motivated junior athletes.

SCOA juniors take part in several national competitions each year and can be selected for summer tours in the UK and overseas. More information can be found on: https://www.jros.org.uk/

Please contact Simon Kippin by email if you want to know more.

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