Coaching, Training and Development for juniors takes place at different levels. From informal hints and tips at local club events, through to national development squads.
Help and guidance can be sought from any of the event officials at any HAVOC event. In addition, specific training events and courses are put on by HAVOC when the opportunities arise.
Regional/National Training & Development
HAVOC Juniors who have reached a certain standard will be invited to join the East Anglian Junior Squad, where they will get to know juniors in neighbouring clubs and take part in dedicated training sessions locally and further afield. More information about the East Anglian Junior Squad can be found here.
EAJS Juniors who have achieved the necessary championship standard at a national or regional championship are put forward by the squad coach to go to national training camps. You can read more on the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads website.
While most HAVOC juniors will be invited to the East Anglian Junior Squad, as HAVOC is affiliated to two regional associations, HAVOC juniors in the South East Orienteering Association will be eligible to join the South East Junior Squad. Further details can be found at their website.
East Anglian Junior Squad
The East Anglia Junior Squad (EAJS) exists to develop the orienteering skills of committed East Anglian youngsters. The squad is open to those who have at least reached a good Orange standard. The squad's training sessions are on a Saturday morning in different areas throughout East Anglia and there are usually weekends to get experience of different terrains.
Once selected to join EAJS, a HAVOC Junior member is then able to run for East Anglia in the annual Junior Inter-Regional Championship (JIRCs) In this competition the twelve regions of the United Kingdom compete against each other in an individual and a relay event. The top two runners from each region in the individual event and the top two boys and girls relay teams count towards a total score to determine the Regional Champions.
Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS)
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 and 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
You can read more on the JROS website