Pendle Forest Orienteers are named Club of the Year
A LANCASHIRE orienteering club has won a prestigious national award for encouraging more people to be active and enjoy the outdoors.
Pendle Forest Orienteers have been named Club of the Year by British Orienteering Clubs across the UK.
The team recently celebrated the award at the JK Orienteering festival in South Wales.
The club has been recognized for going “above and beyond” with the work they do for local communities, schools and the general public by creating activities for all ages and abilities to engage in their local spaces.
They have worked closely with School Sports Partnerships in Rossendale, Pendle and Burnley in addition to Active Burnley and the recent ‘Beat The Streets’ initiative which took place in Burnley.
Judith Wood, club chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognized for our hard work in East Lancashire.
“Beating many other big clubs who have hundreds more members than us at the PFO just shows that it’s the quality and not the quantity that shines through.
“We’re trying to take orienteering from what people might think, like someone walking through a forest wearing a backpack with a compass, to shine in a new and worthy light. It is an exciting, adventurous sport that relies on intelligence as much as physical skill.
“We have seen a huge increase in the number of families, clubs and downed riders turning to the sport over the past year who have become addicted to the challenge of having to choose the best path around the course and find that it is not The fastest runners aren’t always the most successful, there’s no point in running fast if you’re going in the wrong direction.
Julie said the club wanted to invite more people to get involved.
She added: “We run free Club Nights every Wednesday at locations in East Lancashire where everyone can come and experience the sport in a welcoming atmosphere.
“In addition, we run events throughout the year with classes suitable for all ages, experiences and fitness levels.
“We look forward to welcoming more people into the sport in 2022 and are proud to put East Lancashire on the map.”