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Tweet Friday 29th September 2017

Kingswood West Runton Outdoor Activity Centre has achieved British Orienteering Recognised Centre Status

British Orienteering is delighted to announce that Kingswood West Runton outdoor activity centre has been accredited to their Recognised Centre scheme.

Kingswood West Runton outdoor activity centre has been recognised by British Orienteering, the National Governing body for the sport as providing a positive first experience to visiting groups. Kingswood West Runton outdoor activity centre is one of a growing number of recently accredited centres awarded British Orienteering Recognised Centre status.

Matthew Richards, Senior Instructor from the Kingswood West Runton outdoor activity centre, said:  

"Orienteering is an integral part of programmes we run throughout the year; for schools, groups, families or as part of our summer holiday camp itineraries.
Orienteering as an activity is particularly valued by us as an important tool for developing initiative, teamwork and leadership skills.
With 30 acres of grounds, our site is ideal for introducing people to the fun, exciting and adventurous sport of orienteering.”

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 Kingswood West Runton outdoor activity centre as delivering a high-quality orienteering experience to visiting groups. West Runton is the fourth Kingswood centre to achieve Recognised Centre Status.”

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.
  • Free loan of electronic punching equipment and an opportunity to purchase at a discounted rate.


For more information about the scheme and how to join, visit the dedicated Recognised Centre section on the British Orienteering website