British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA)

The British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA) exists to promote, through information, advice, and support the development of all forms of Schools Orienteering. 

Including schools' site and park activities; navigational challenges in the countryside, and orienteering competition models. 

Navigational skills are developed through map and compass exercises. Contact with schools is normally through PDMS, SSCo, and individual teachers.

BSOA provides discounted orienteering equipment offers for schools and colleges, a network of regional contacts for advice in starting and developing orienteering within a school as well as advice and information on training courses. BSOA has increasingly developed links with the national governing body of the sport, British Orienteering, and became an Association of that organisation in 2003. It is also represented on the National Council of School Sports and through this the International School Sport Federation. The BSOA sends around 40 young athletes to the World Schools Orienteering Championships which are held every two years.

BSOA membership continues to grow and in 2006 exceeded 500 schools and colleges. It is playing a proactive role in monitoring the progress of the British Schools Score Championships and in promoting school leagues and other inter-school competitions. Orienteering is an important vehicle for delivering the Outdoor Adventurous Activity (OAA) within the English National PE Curriculum as well as providing the opportunity for cross-curricular links with Maths, Geography, and Citizenship Studies. Likewise, it offers an exciting multi-dimensional extracurricular activity.

The BSOA is continually looking at new ideas and developments to make the sport more attractive to schools and their pupils. You can see more about the British Schools Orienteering Association and the services they offer on their website: BSOA

Together with the British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA), British Orienteering aims to support and grow Orienteering within the education sector and provide training, resources, and opportunities to compete at Orienteering events. Register your school.

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