British Orienteering Funding 2013-17
Throughout the period 1 April 2009 - 31 March 2013 British Orienteering has been delivering in England an increasing participation programme funded by Sport England. A submission to Sport England has now been made to gain funding for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. Any funding that is released to British Orienteering can be used only in England, although all of the benefits from delivery of funded programmes either as good practice or from the infrastructure that the funding supports will be UK wide.
British Orienteering is funded through membership fees, levy fees and income generated from the major events which is anticipated to be around £220,000 in 2013. The Board is currently considering the 2013 budget priorities and faces some significant challenges. There will be no funding from UK Sport for the Performance Programme (World Orienteering Championships preparation and programme) in 2013 consequently there is already a £67,500 shortfall based on the 2012 budget. Without government and lottery funding British Orienteering could not afford a National Office and would consist of around 2.5 full time equivalent members of staff.
The Sport England submission considers how to increase participation in orienteering, how to retain participation and how to deliver a nationally managed Talent Identification and Development Programme. The first two are certainly objectives that most orienteers see as the focus for our work; this came across strongly from our consultations first in 2007/9 and also in our more recent work.
What are the implications of the submission for orienteers, clubs and associations?
If the submission is fully endorsed and fully funded by Sport England there will be several impacts:
It is clear from discussions with Sport England that the Government and Sport England see a great future for orienteering and are sold on the benefits of orienteering and the diversity of people that might be encouraged to participate in orienteering. All great news! However Government/Sport England have to be convinced that British Orienteering is able to deliver programmes that meet their needs in attracting a wide participation base. The Programmes put forward in the submission have been developed with specific target groups in mind.
There are implications of the submission for staff which you should be aware:
So in short we do not know how Sport England will respond to our submission; what we deliver and how we deliver will largely be determined by the level of funding gained. In a worst case scenario British Orienteering could be in a position of depending entirely on our self-generated income; in a best case scenario it is likely that there will be focus in our delivery of the programmes and a restructuring of our staff to meet the level of funding and delivery of agreed programmes.
A more detailed article about the submission can be found in the Summer 2012 edition of Focus magazine.
Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive
Posted on Thursday 14th June 2012