Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map; as a competitive sport the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route; as a recreational activity it does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds. Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their leisure activities. Read More

 

JEC 2016

23 Atheletes willl be making their way to Stirling in Scotland tomorrow in preparation for the Junior European Cup 2016 which starts on Friday 30th October.

The weekend of orienteering starts with the Sprint at Airthey Castle and Stirling University on Friday 30th September. The event then moves to South Achray, Aberfoyles for the relays on Saturday 1st October and finishes with the Long Disatnce in Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill in Aberfoyle.

More information along with live results can be found on the JEC 2016 website.

British Orienteering would like to wish all of our atheltes, the best of luck during this competition.

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Membership & Levy Proposal – Update

At the Board meeting held on Saturday 17 September decisions were taken to enable the Membership & Levy proposal to be drafted in preparation for the EGM on Saturday 29 October in Birmingham.

Consultations about the proposal have taken place during the period June to September and a detailed report including all the views, comments and feedback was prepared for the Board to consider. The report included personal feedback from association chairs, feedback from and on behalf of some clubs, individual feedback from some members and the results of the member survey.

The findings of the consultation are available here.

Feedback was varied and, in some instances, polarised. The views expressed by some members also changed during the period as the implications were thought through.

The Board recognised that a considerable number of members noted the developmental and participation impact of increasing levy significantly, particularly at local events.

The Board also noted that a considerable number of members think that increasing sponsorship income is the answer to our income problems. The Board appreciate, much as this appears an attractive solution, it is neither realistic nor feasible in the present climate. It is recognised across sport and the agencies involved that sponsorship is incredibly hard to attain at the moment and, even when it is attainable, the servicing of the sponsorship usually negates or off-sets the financial benefits.

A number of ideas about fund raising have arisen either during Board discussions or during the consultation period. The Board is keen to investigate these which include:

  • Taxing clubs based on their membership

  • Having a differential levy for local events

  • Finding a way of fairly asking clubs/associations to make payments to British Orienteering whilst giving them the freedom to decide how to collect it themselves.

These will take a while to investigate and, if adopted, further time to implement; in this circumstance the Board agreed the current proposal should be progressed whilst these options are considered.

After considerable discussion the Board agreed the EGM proposal should contain two options which are:

Option 1: Membership, Senior £10, Junior £3.30, Levy £1.50
This reduces the overall income generated and means the levy will be increased less than in the options consulted on. The overall increase in income based on the 2015 data will be around £68,700 with the usual provisos about membership and participation at events being the same as in 2015.

Option 2: Membership, Senior £7.50, Junior £2.50, Levy £1.70
This is similar to option 2 in the consultation but with a reduction in the levy increase and the overall increase in income will be almost the same as for option 1 at £68,500.

Board members have listened to the feedback and the options that will form the proposal demonstrate the sympathy the Board has with the development/participation argument made during the consultation. The income generated overall will be less than the £80,000 the Board had set as a target and the Board have agreed that reserves will be used to make up the difference. Using the reserves will be shown as a loss in the accounts. It’s also worthy of note that the Board confirmed that every effort has and is being made to reduce costs and this will be reflected in the 2017 budget.

The proposal and voting process will be published before the 21 clear days required by the Articles. As with AGMs, the normal proxy voting arrangements will in place and specified in the EGM Papers.

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British Orienteering joins the NSPCC to promote parents’ role in Orienteering

The NSPCC and British Orienteering have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week next month. From 3 to 9 October, we want clubs and members to rally behind our efforts to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play.

The NSPCC and British Orienteering want to raise awareness among coaches and officials of the crucial role parents have in helping children enjoy sport.

Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University, who studies parental involvement in sport, said: "Without the support of their parents and carers, the opportunities for children to engage in sport and reach their full potential will be limited."

However, many in sport know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents. "Unfortunately, this is leading to some coaches and organisations limiting their involvement with and support of parents," Dr Knight adds, "which subsequently affects children’s experiences."

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and British Orienteering are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to youth sport.

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at thecpsu.org.uk/parents.

From Olympic athletes to grassroots players there is consistent agreement that parents are most important in initiating involvement in sport and supporting long-term positive engagement," said Anne Tiivas, Director of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

However, certain types of involvement and behaviours from parents and carers can be challenging, and take away from a child’s experience and enjoyment. As they commit a lot of time, money and emotional support to their children’s participation in sport, sometimes in an emotionally charged environment they may get carried away, for example in the arena at an event. Negative parental behaviour such as arguing with officials or putting too muchpressure on the child takes away from their experience of sport. This can also stunt a child’s desire to continue in sport and damage their perception of sport as fun.

We at British Orienteering are fully behind this initiative to raise awareness of the positive role a parent has in helping a child reach their full potential.

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC, British Orienteering and other sports organisations hope to highlight the essential role parents have in encouraging a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.

 

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Lancashire HotPot Weekend - two days of Urban and Long distance racing.

Two days of orienteering put on by Pendle Forest Orienteers, both part of the UK Orienteering League.

Day 1 of the Pendle Forest Orienteers HotPot weekend is a Urban event in Todmorden in the upper Calder Valley.

Day 2 of the Pendle Forest Orienteers HotPot weekend is a classic Long distance event at Hurstwood near Burnley.

More information about the event is available here.

British Orienteering wishes to thank Pendle Forest Orienteers and wishes all those competing at this two day event a great and enjoyable weekend of orienteering.

 

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The Frank Chapman Centre, part of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s residential education service, has achieved British Orienteering Recognised Centre Status.

          

 

The Frank Chapman Centre, part of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s residential education service, has achieved British Orienteering Recognised Centre Status.

British Orienteering is delighted to announce that the Frank Chapman Centre has been accredited to their Recognised Centre scheme.

The Frank Chapman Centre has been recognised by British Orienteering, the National Governing body for the sport as providing a positive first experience to visiting groups. The Frank Chapman Centre is one of a growing number of recently accredited centres awarded British Orienteering Recognised Centre status.

Stuart Meese, Head of Centre from the Frank Chapman Centre, said:  "Our 90 acres of woodland makes the Frank Chapman Centre an ideal site for orienteering. Our experienced staff team can offer a tailored orienteering experience that is adventurous, progressive, innovative, challenging and exciting in order to meet a variety of high quality learning outcomes. We have flexible accommodation from camping and pods through to self-catering and fully catered accommodation.”

Dan Riley National Participation Manager for British Orienteering, said: “Our Recognised Centre scheme is designed to work with Outdoor Centres to understand how orienteering is used as a tool to deliver a wide variety of educational outcomes. We are pleased to recognise the Frank Chapman Centre as delivering a high quality orienteering experience to visiting groups.”

Recognised Centre status is awarded to Outdoor Centres who can show a consistently high standard of orienteering across a range of criteria that covers orienteering delivery, staffing, resourcing as well as policies and procedures. These are examined in detail by British Orienteering advisors and accredited to outdoor centres only if they meet the standards.

British Orienteering, the National Governing Body of the sport, provide specialist advisors to help Outdoor Centres across the country to provide the highest standards in orienteering delivery.   

As part of the Recognised Centre scheme, British Orienteering provides approved Outdoor Centres with: 

  • A Recognised Centre plaque to display at their centre which confirms that the National Governing Body of the sport of orienteering is satisfied with the standards in orienteering being delivered by the centre

  • Use of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre logo on all their correspondence

  • A high profile listing on the British Orienteering website

  • Opportunities to host British Orienteering workshops, training courses and camps

  • On-going access to a wealth of orienteering knowledge and expertise. 

     

For more information about the scheme and how to join visit the dedicated Recognised Centre section.

 

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Membership Fee & Levy Consultation – Membership

The Board is seeking the views of members regarding the 2017 Membership Fee & Levy.

You may be aware that the Board withdrew the proposal to change the fees at the 2016 AGM as Board members felt more consultation with associations, clubs and members would be beneficial in trying to find an acceptable way to increase income in the changing funding environment that will exist in 2017.

Much was written and discussed prior to the 2016 AGM and is available on the website for those people wishing to refresh their thinking on this matter.

An article summarising the situation to date and the options can be found here.

We would really appreciate your views and ideas, the survey can be found here and should take only a few minutes to complete – it is short!

Many thanks for your help in resolving this matter.

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The World Games in Wrocław, Poland 2017 offers the highest level of competition for non-Olympic Sports.

The World Games in Wrocław, Poland 2017

The International World Games Association, IWGA, has allocated spaces for a total of 40 male and 40 female runners to the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The thirteen best nations in the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2016, will have the right to enter up to 2 + 2 runners in the World Games in Wrocław, Poland 2017.

The nations are ranked using results from two individual format finals (Sprint and Middle Distance) and one team event (Sprint Relay). As the affected World Orienteering Championships 2016 events have finished, the International Orienteering Federation has now declared, that these 13 best nations (Poland excluded) are as follows: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Jackie Newton, Performance Manager, British Orienteering, said:  "The World Games, which happens every four years, offers the highest level of competition for non-Olympic Sports and we are delighted that we will have the opportunity to take our top athletes. The events that are on offer include the Sprint and Mixed Sprint Relay where, last week, we achieved our best results at the World Orienteering Championships in Sweden.  We will be looking to be amongst the medals in these events in Poland next year and add to those medals that were won by Heather Munro, in 2005, and Jamie Stevenson, in 2001.”

Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, said:  “This is an exciting opportunity not only for the Great Britain team and all of their supporters, but also for the sport of orienteering as a whole.  The Great Britain team achieved good results at the recent World Orienteering Championships in Sweden through their hard training and commitment to the sport.  It is good news that Great Britain has earned the right to compete at the highest level of competition at The World Games in Poland next year.  It will be fantastic for British athletes to be part of these exciting events and compete for medals whilst showcasing the sport of orienteering to others across the world.”

The World Games take place every four years in the year following the Olympic Games. The 10th edition of the multi-sport event will take place from 20 to 30 July 2017.  The event showcases more 25 sports. Approximately 4,500 athletes and officials from more than 100 countries take part in The World Games. The athletes will compete for the gold medals in their around 180 disciplines during the event.

More information about The World Games can be found here.

 

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Brian Porteous, HONORARY LIFE PRESIDENT of International Orienteering Federation

   

Photo (left to right): Brian Porteous, HONORARY LIFE PRESIDENT of International Orienteering Federation with Leho Haldna from Estonia.

Brian Porteous has been elected by the unanimous vote of the General Assembly as an Honorary Life President of the International Orienteering Federation. 

Brian Porteous, President of the International Orienteering Federation chaired his final General Assembly meeting on Friday 26 August 2016.  It was here that Brian Porteous was elected by the unanimous vote of the General Assembly as an Honorary Life President of the International Orienteering Federation.

Brian was delighted to be awarded the IOFS gold pin and then shocked and humbled to be elected by the unanimous vote of the General Assembly as an Honorary Life President of the International Orienteering Federation.

Brian Porteous, HONORARY LIFE PRESIDENT of International Orienteering Federation said:  “I was greatly honoured to receive the International Orienteering Federation Gold Pin in recognition of my efforts and absolutely flabbergasted when my successor Leho Haldna from Estonia went on to propose that I be elected as an Honorary International Orienteering Federation (IOF) President for Life. This was unanimously accepted by the General Assembly.”   

Brian continued:  “This is too an honour for British Orienteering as it recognises the support they have given to me and to other members of the International Orienteering Federation Commissions over the years.  I would like to give my sincere thanks for making it possible for me to contribute to the growth of our great sport around the world over these past 14 years.”

There are only two other existing Honorary Life Presidents of the International Orienteering Federation – Sue Harvey and Ake Jacobsen.  This is a singular and special honour. 

 

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13 best nations in World Orienteering Championships qualified for World Games 2017

The International World Games Association, IWGA, has allocated spaces for a total of 40 male and 40 female runners to the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The thirteen best nations in the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2016, will have the right to enter up to 2 + 2 runners in the World Games in Wrocław, Poland 2017.

The International World Games Association (IWGA) has agreed to include three orienteering events in the programme of The World Games 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. There will be two individual events for men and women, a Sprint race and a Middle Distance race, as well as a Sprint Relay event.

The IWGA has allocated spaces for a total of 40 male and 40 female runners to the IOF. The host Federation (Poland) shall have the right to enter 2 + 2 runners and the same for the 13 best nations in WOC.

In addition, the 2016 World Champions in Sprint Distance, Middle Distance and Long Distance shall have a personal place in addition to their nation’s allocation. These runners are:
Women: Tove Alexandersson (SWE), Maja Alm (DEN)
Men: Matthias Kyburz (SUI), Olav Lundanes (NOR), Jerker Lysell (SWE)

The nations are ranked using results from two individual format finals (Sprint and Middle Distance) and one team event (Sprint Relay). As the affected WOC 2016 events have finished, we can now declare, that these 13 best nations (Poland excluded) are as follows: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The IOF is authorised to allocate the remaining places up to the total of 40 + 40 runners, with a maximum of 3 + 3 per country not counting the personal World Champion places. The IOF will allocate a place for a minimum of 1 man and 1 woman from each of the IOF regions (Africa, Asia, North America, Oceania, and South America) not having qualified a runner for the World Games and may allocate any remaining places at its discretion.

This extra allocation is expected to be made by 31 December 2016. The Member Federations affected will be contacted individually by the IOF Office.

You find the qualification results from WOC 2016 here.

The ranking shall be based on the total sum of points from the two individual finals and Sprint Relay event. In the individual events, 1 st place is awarded 100 points, 2nd is awarded 80 points, 3rd is awarded 60 points, 4th is awarded 50 points, 5th is awarded 45 points, 6th is awarded 40 points, 7th is awarded 37 points, 8th is awarded 35 points, 9th is awarded 33 points, 10th is awarded 31 points, 11th place 30 points and subsequent places are reduced by one. For each Federation, only their best two scores per event and class contribute to their ranking. For the Sprint Relay event, 1st place is awarded 200 points, 2nd is awarded 160 points, 3rd is awarded 120 points, 4th is awarded 100 points, 5th is awarded 90 points, 6th is awarded 80 points, 7th is awarded 74 points, 8th is awarded 70 points, 9th is awarded 66 points, 10th is awarded 62 points, 11th place 60 points and subsequent places reduced by two.

 

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Extraordinary General Meeting, Association and Club Conference New Venue

The EGM, and this year's Association and Club Conference will now take place at The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF, in the Main Meeting House. The Priory Rooms is located in the centre of Birmingham approximately 0.6 miles from Birmingham New Street Station, 0.2 miles from Snow Hill Station and 0.3 miles from Moor Street Station.

Although the venue itself doesn't offer any parking, they do have discounted rates at the nearby Londonderry House NCP, the NCP provides secure parking and is only a short walk from the conference centre. More information on directions and transport can be found here.

The EGM will start at 11 o'clock on Saturday 29th October 2016 which will then be followed by the Association and Club Conference. The Conference will finish at 16:30 as the room is only available until 17:00. More information and the agendas, will be available shortly. 

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News Headlines

28
Sep

JEC 2016

GB Athletes prepare for the Junior European Cup in Scotland
23
Sep

Membership & Levy Proposal – Update

At the Board meeting held on Saturday 17 September decisions were taken to enable the Membership & Levy proposal to be drafted in preparation for the EGM on Saturday 29 October in Birmingham.
22
Sep

Global Orienteering Survey

The IOF Regional and Youth Development Commission (RYDC) is carrying out a survey concerning orienteering activities throughout the world.
21
Sep

Appointment of Independent Directors

Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering, is pleased to announce that two appointments for the role of Independent Non-Executive Director have been made.
20
Sep

TrailO GBR team sixth in Nordic Match

The GBR team achieved a creditable sixth place against very strong opposition in the annual Nordic Match held at Halden, Norway at the weekend

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