More about British Orienteering

Vision & Values

Our catch line is:   'more people, more places, more podiums'

Our Vision

Orienteering is the ‘go to’ outdoor sport for people wanting to test themselves physically and mentally

Our Mission

To lead, govern, promote and develop orienteering in the UK

Our Values

The values we wish to observe as we pursue our vision are:

  • Respect: earning respect from the public, media and other sports
  • Fairness: generating a sense of 'fair play' across the sport
  • Collaboration: demonstrating the enthusiasm for working with others to develop orienteering
  • Excellence: supporting people to reach the pinnacle of the sport
  • Integrity & transparency: building transparent, trusting relationship at all levels of our involvement in orienteering
  • Inclusiveness & Diversity: believing and living the belief that orienteering is for everyone and benefits from the involvement of all
orienteering is for everyone

Board Values

The British Orienteering Board of Directors work strategically and are responsible for ensuring British Orienteering delivers its strategic plans. Except for the Chief Executive, all Board members work on a voluntary basis and are non-executive.

  • British Orienteering and its Board believe in strong corporate governance. All Board Directors agree to and sign a Letter of Acceptance and a Code of Practice for Directors which set out the expectations that they act in the best interests of British Orienteering, and in a manner consistent with their legal duties. All Board Directors also provide a declaration of good character.
  • British Orienteering complies with the diversity requirements of the Code of Sports Governance and is actively working to foster all aspects of diversity within our leadership and decision making.
  • British Orienteering and its Board are committed to a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Board; and will demonstrate a strong and public commitment to moving towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on the Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity, transgender and disability.
  • In addition, the Board will take appropriate actions to support and maintain the afore-mentioned gender and diversity targets.

A Diversity Action Plan has been drafted to increase diversity and inclusiveness on the Board and across the decision-making infrastructures in orienteering. The draft plan is a working document that has been adopted by the Board in December 2017. Work to improve the plan will continue whilst it is being implemented.

Our Service Charter

Our Charter sets out our commitment and the high standards of service we aim to provide. Our Charter applies to everyone who has contact with British Orienteering. You can help us by respecting staff, volunteers, and other customers and for the health and safety of yourself and others when using our services or taking part in orienteering activities. The Full-Service Charter document can be found here.