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Development Conferences

Development Conference 2024

The Development Conference will contain webinars and workshops around the key Strategic Plan themes of: Changing perceptions, Creating Engaging Experiences, Strengthening Lifelong Pathways, and Providing Foundations for Success.


The Development Conference will contain 16 unique webinars and workshops relevant to your club, based around the key Strategic Plan themes of: Changing perceptions, Creating Engaging Experiences, Strengthening Lifelong Pathways, and Providing Foundations for Success.

The Development Conference kicks off on Monday 8th January, and will run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm until Friday 2 February.

These sessions will be hosted online, using Microsoft Teams. Our guide to webinars, installing and setting up Teams can be found here:

All sessions are FREE!

We’re looking forward to welcoming guest speakers, esteemed members within our community, and all attendees to the sessions.

Keep your eyes peeled as we announce all the sessions over the coming weeks, all of which can be found below.

Week 1

Session 1 – Making Orienteering Work for Schools - Monday 8th January

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Session 2 – Tuesday 9th January - TBC

Session 3 – Thursday 11th January - TBC

Session 4 – Friday 12th January - TBC


Week 2

Session 1 – Monday 15th January - TBC

Session 2 – How to Engage Newcomers - and get them hooked! - Tuesday 16th January, 7pm

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This session, delivered by Hilary Palmer will take you through the successful delivery of NOC ‘s MapActive courses for newcomers and discuss how your club could adapt it to suit your needs.


Session 3 – OCAD – What’s new for you? – Thursday 18th January, 7PM

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OCAD Inc. Operates in the business field of software development for the production of maps. It sells its software application OCAD in various editions worldwide, adapting customer requests and offers technical support, training and consulting.

This webinar will provide an update into mapping, and the technology we use to produce the maps that make our sport tick. Part of what makes OCAD’s approach to mapping work is the feedback, technical support and consulting with all users, and opportunities like this webinar are a key part of the work we can all do to support orienteering in every aspect.

OCAD is an independent corporation owned by individuals and founded in 2005 after the sudden death of the founder of OCAD, Hans Steinegger. There are 6 employees working at OCAD Inc. located in Baar, Switzerland. The webinar will be presented by the Team at OCAD.


Session 4 – Friday 19th January - TBC


Week 3

Session 1 – Safeguarding - Monday 22nd January

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This is an opportunity for clubs to look at this area of their governance to ensure there is a sure foundation for the club to be a safe place for its members.


Session 2 – Tuesday 23rd January - TBC

Session 3 – Creating a thriving club for young people – Thursday 25th January, 7PM

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Session 4 – Friday 26th January - TBC


Week 4

Session 1 – Monday 29th January - TBC

Session 2 – Embrace your Community - Tuesday 30th January

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A brief introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion and how we, in orienteering, can ensure everyone feels welcome and supported. It will include some information on our accessible courses as well as how we can better attract and support a more diverse community.


Session 3 – The British Orienteering Insurance Policy  - Thursday 1st February

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This session will be provide an overview of the insurance cover in place and answer questions from club members to support their understanding of what is covered.

The session will be delivered by Amanda Wynne-Jones DipCII AMInstLM, Associate Director, Sport and Entertainment at Howden Insurance Brokers Limited who provide the British Orienteering Insurance cover.

This session is appropriate for any British Orienteering Club official, mapper or member who is interested in the personal and club insurance cover provided.


Session 4 – Friday 2nd February - TBC




Previous Conferences

Development Conference 2022 Session Overview

Engaging and retaining young people

Presenter: Fran Loots,

Scottish Orienteering Association

Monday 10 January

The workshop will explore the various pathways that can be used to engage and retain juniors and young people including:

Non-performance-based approaches such as club coaching, STAR awards, area teams, juniors planning and organising workshops and opportunities, Young Leaders Award.

Attendee discussion ideas can be found in the files attached:

Session Recording

Development Conference

Session Overview


Development Conference 2020 Agenda

Setting the scene

Setting the scene presentation.pdf

Club Matters - Volunteer
Experience workshop 

Club Volunteer experience - October 2018 (PDF) (1).pdf

Volunteering notes Dev conf 2020.pdf

 Club presentations


Pendle Forest Orienteers conference powerpoint.pdf

City of Birmingham Orienteering Club.pdf

Foundation presentation 0120.pdf

Communication and
social media

Social media conference notes 2020.pdf

Communications session table notes 2020.pdf

 Youth Focus 

British Orienteering Development Conference 2020 Youth Focus.pdf