39 representatives from Clubs and Associations navigated their way from throughout the UK to The Studio in Leeds to attend British Orienteering’s Club and Association Conference last Saturday on 14 October 2017.
With delegates helping themselves to tea and coffee on arrival, Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair proceeded to open the conference with a warm welcome to everyone attending this year’s conference.
The theme of this year’s conference was focused on exploring how Clubs, Associations and the Board, steering groups and staff of British Orienteering can best work together to implement the participation and competition aspects of the Strategic Plan.
The Conference ran as a forum with the opportunity for clubs and associations to better understand the strategy and contribute their views and thoughts on the future of orienteering competitions. Delegates were asked to think about actions and activities which should take us through the next 2-3 years moving us towards longer-term goals.
A summary of priorities of the Strategic Plan Objectives were then discussed and the following highlighted:
The Conference then went on to discuss Local Competition.
Craig Anthony, Head of Development presented the room with some interesting statistics about local competition.
Are you a local orienteer? Discussion groups then took place and delegates were asked to think about how we can better design local orienteering to meet the needs of local orienteers. Interesting discussions followed and each group presented their views.
Please note: All feedback collected from this session and throughout the day will be collated and made available on the website shortly.
Craig went on to introduce and welcome Roger Dillion, Brand Owner of the Sporteeering APP.
Roger went on to present an overview of how the Sporteering APP powered by Polaris Bikewear had been developed over the last 2 years and how it is split into 2 parts; a Phone APP working on iOS and Android and a Planning Portal which is web-based and works on any web-enabled device.
Roger went to explain that the Phone APP concept creates a scoring and timing system that records location. The 2 methods for recording position are done by scanning a prepositioned the QR code and by taking the current GPS location.
As Technology advances there are greater opportunities to use this type of application and can be used to fit into orienteering.
Roger went on to say that there currently approximately 700 fixed or permanent courses throughout the UK managed by local Orienteering clubs. Some are used a little and some a lot. However, how do we know? If the courses were digitised on the Sporteering™ Platform then a steady stream of data will flow in, for example, age, gender, time of year. Also, if a control goes missing it could be seen by its lack of use. The APP can also be used to drive income streams to the clubs and the sites that adopt them. With access to user data, better courses can be created perhaps in more accessible areas – “Urban adventure trails” or inner-city parks.
Judith thanked Roger for presenting the conference with some definite ‘food for thought’.
Judith then brought everyone’s attention to section 2.3 of the Strategic Plan and the objective to “Ensure competitions are available for competitors of all abilities in a simple to understand hierarchy.”
Delegates were then asked to work in groups and discussed the following questions:
The conference then moved on to discuss developing Event Volunteers.
Judith Holt, Chair or British Orienteering, said: “It was good to hear members from different clubs and associations sharing ideas. The Club and Association Conference is an important annual opportunity for members, staff and directors to share ideas. We should be starting to think about our 2018 conference now, so if you have any suggestions please let us have them now and send to firstname.lastname@example.org Suggestion will be equally welcome whether you attended the conference or not.”
A full set of presentation slides from this year’s conference are available here.
British Orienteering would like to say thank you to all who attended this year’s conference and for spending time contributing to the discussions focused on the theme of Competition within the Strategic Plan.
Please note: All feedback and ideas discussed collected and will be collated at National Office and made available on the website shortly.
In the meantime, please send all suggestions for the 2018 Association and Club Conference to email@example.com or post to British Orienteering, National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock. DE4 5FY.
If you would like to find out more about the Sporteering APP please contact National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to put you in touch with Roger Dillon.
Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering welcomed everyone to the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Saturday 14 October 2017 in Leeds.
Judith asked who would like to be appointed as Teller.
Mike Forrest from Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) was appointed Teller.
Judith went on to explain what the proposals were, these were:
Proposal 1: To include the Isle of Man in the territory over which British Orienteering governs the Sport of Orienteering. The North West was keen to support.
Proposal 2: The Re-appointment of a Director. (Basic Article tidy up: to engage with younger people to get on the Board and encourage previous Board members to return).
Proposal 3: Appointments Panel. (Basic Article tidy up: to appoint Officers though a panel).
Judith the Chair then went on to ask the attendees if they had any questions they wanted to raise prior to the voting.
A question was raised by Tony Maycraft (CHIG) who asked “are there were any consequences related to the vote?” Judith replied that “if the vote was against then this would jeopardise 5 staff member positions.” Judith thanked Tony for his question.
Judith moved the EGM onto the voting of the three proposals. Each British Orienteering member attending had been given voting slips which they were then asked to vote with. When completed the voting slips were collected from each table by the Appointed Teller. The Appointed Teller left the meeting room to count the votes along with the proxy votes which had been sent into National Office prior to the meeting. The results were handed to the Chair, Judith Holt.
The votes for each proposal were 100% in favour and therefore adopted by British Orienteering members.
Judith Holt, Chair of British Orienteering, said: “Thank you to all those members who attended the EGM or sent in proxy votes. I am pleased the Isle of Man is now part of the British Orienteering community. Perhaps in the future a new venue for orienteering holidays? We were also able to update our articles to bring us in line with current good practice in sports governance.”
The meeting then continued with presentations to Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer.
Mike has been with British Orienteering for 11 years. The Sport and Recreation Alliance recently recognised Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of British Orienteering, with the Emeritus Award for his long-term service to orienteering. Since Mike was unable to travel to London to receive the award, Judith presented this prestigious award to Mike at the EGM.
Judith presenting Mike with his Emeritus Award for his long-term service to orienteering.
Mike's impending retirement was also marked by another presentation by Judith on behalf of British Orienteering Board and its members. Mike was presented with a book with personalised messages from orienteering clubs and associations across the UK, a painting of a view of Riber Castle by a local artist and orienteer, golfing vouchers and a golfing themed retirement cake.
Members were pleased to be part of Mike’s retirement presentation. They applauded him in recognition of his hard work, dedication and commitment he has given to British Orienteering and the sport over the last 11 years.
Mike expressed his appreciation and thanked the Board, staff and members for the retirement gifts.
The Club and Association Conference then got underway.
Devon Orienteering Club (DEVON) and Cornwall Orienteering Club (KERNO) are set to host The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals this coming weekend.
FINAL: Sunday 22 October 2017 at Virtuous Lady, Yelverton, organised by DEVON and KERNO
Orienteering Clubs competing this weekend in the Finals are as follows:
For the Compass Sport Cup for 2017: Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK), North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club (NGOC), Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK), Octavian Droobers (OD), Devon Orienteering Club (DEVON), Southern Navigators (SN), Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO), Southdowns Orienteers (SO), Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO), South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC).
For the Compass Sport Trophy for 2017: Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC), Saxons Orienteering Club (SAX), Claro Orienteers (CLARO), Swansea Bay Orienteering Club (SBOC), Interlopers Orienteering Club (INT), South Ribble Orienteering Club (SROC), Cornwall Orienteering Club (KERNO), Suffolk Orienteering Club (SUFFOC), Lincoln Orienteering Club (LOG), Walton Chasers (WCH), Sarum Orienteering Club (SARUM), Wimborne Orienteers (WIM).
Revised final details for the Compass Sport Cup Finals are now available here.
Competitors' attention is drawn to the note in the final details regarding the map symbols, which are ISOM2017. A copy of the legend (4 MB file) is available here.
The Compass Sport Cup is the British Clubs Orienteering Championships started by CompassSport Founder Ned Paul in 1982. Clubs are categorised into small (Trophy - 13 scorers) and large (Cup - 25 scorers) clubs. The competition consists of an initial round in spring and a Final round in the autumn. Prizes are provided for by CompassSport. The Competition is administrated by a Volunteer Co-ordinator on behalf of CompassSport and the Orienteering Clubs of the UK for which the competition was set up to serve.
British Orienteering would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers involved especially to the Organiser: Nicholas Maxwell, Planner: Tom Lillicrap and Controller: Roger Hargreaves who have all worked hard and continue to do so with their final preparations for this weekend’s competition. A big thank you also must go to Peter Guillaume, Compass Sport Cup Coordinator and to Compass Sport.
British Orienteering would also like to wish all the orienteering clubs and members attending this competition a safe journey as they travel to compete and would like to wish everyone taking part all the best as they compete in a great day of orienteering.
Who will be crowned the 2017 Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Champions in British Orienteering’s 50th-anniversary year?
Highlighting some of the key milestones achieved along the way!
1930’s: Early records of orienteering in Britain.
1940s: Outbreaks of orienteering activity but not on a coordinated basis.
David Lee (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) recalls an occasion in 1959:
"In the spring term we arrived for our usual training session to be told that we were going to 'orienteer'. Black-and-white O.S. maps were doled out and a course was marked on the map. We were also given a compass.”
1960’s: Organised orienteering started in Scotland.
1960’s: The first orienteering maps were black-and white-photocopies.
1960’s: New-drawn black and white maps, some with a few symbols introduced.
1960’s: Self-inking stamp used on a first-generation control card.
1960’s: A ladder of wooden strips with individual results pasted on.
1961: First recognisable event in Scotland held on the Penicuik Estate on 16 April.
1962: Scottish Orienteering Association founded on 24 June.
1962: Laurie Liddell appointed first Scottish Orienteering Association President.
1962: Growth in the south-east of Scotland began.
1962: District courses for Instructors organised in Scotland.
1963: West Midlands Orienteering Association inaugurated on 21 November.
1963: Second Scottish Orienteering Championships held.
1963: First 'proper' orienteering event held in England at Whitewell near Clitheroe.
1964: Orienteering featured in a 7-minute film on Scottish TV.
1964: First club formed in England – South Ribble Orienteering Club.
1965: 'Know the Game: Orienteering' book was first published.
1965: Schools Association was formed in Scotland and activity was growing in many different areas.
1965: Ex-athletes – Roger Bannister, Chris Brasher, John Disley, Martin Hyman, Gordon Pirie and Bruce Tulloh started orienteering following a Surrey Education Committee course led by Disley.
1965: Southern Navigators Orienteering Club was formed - the first southern club.
1965: Formation of the English Orienteering Association at a meeting in Bishops Castle on 31 October 1965. Five regional associations were represented.
Executive Committee set up: Chris Brasher (Chairman), Gerry Charnley (Secretary) and John Disley (Treasurer).
1966: The International Orienteering Federation insisted that a British Federation be formed to enable a British team to compete in the World Orienteering Championships.
1966: Government agencies required British Orienteering Federation to comprise four national associations plus English regional associations using boundaries standard with other sports.
1966: Chris Brasher's influence was immense in all aspects of orienteering's development in the early days in the UK.
1966: John Disley developed course planning, mapping and training standards.
1966: Races organised in North Wales, South-West of England and the Peak District.
1966: First World Orienteering Championship participation.
1966: (May) the International Orienteering Federation Council accepted both England and Scotland as temporary members, pending formation of a British Federation.
1966: The English Orienteering Association paid an IOF affiliation fee of 400 Swedish Crowns, and selected a team of ten athletes to take part in the World Orienteering Championship.
1966: Chris Brasher led the GB team to the World Orienteering Championships, Finland.
1967: The Scottish Orienteering Association and the England Orienteering Association met to consider affiliation to the International Orienteering Federation. The meeting was held in March 1967 in Dalbeattie, in conjunction with the 1966 Scottish Championships.
1967: The joint meeting agreed on the need to form a British Orienteering Federation.
1967: Extraordinary General Meeting in April 1967 agreed disbanding of the English Orienteering Association.
1967, British Orienteering Federation's National Office ran out of 3 Glenfinlas Street Edinburgh.
18 June 1967: First British Orienteering Championships took place in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham.
The 10.2km course was won by Gordon Pirie in 1:51:50
Carol McNeill won the Senior Women course by more than 11 minutes!
Southern Navigators won the Senior Men's Team Trophy.
1967: First British Orienteering Federation logo produced.
1967: Sponsor: Guinness (to 1972).
1967: British Orienteering Federation First Chairman: Chris Brasher – Olympic Gold-medallist in 3,000m (to 1969).
1967: Chris Brasher and John Disley, Olympic medal-winners, both championed the sport.
1967: First Individual event took place on 19 March 1967. (SEOA).
JK Overall Champions: Gordon Pirie and Jenny Tennant.
1969: Chairman: John Disley (to 1972).
1969: Four of the first clubs to be formed were:
Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club
South Ribble Orienteering Club
1969: First JK Relay race introduced. Kielder (NEOA). JK Relay Champions: Men’s Team – Edinburgh University Orienteering Club and Women’s Team – no race.
Photo (left): Chris James (left) with Jeremy Denny (middle) and John Disley (right). Credit: F.Ashford
Photo (middle): Chris Brasher (left) competing in the 1975 Northern Championships. Credit: T. Astbury
Photo (right): First self-inking stamp. Credit: Sheffield University archive
British Orienteering Federation logo revised.
Unusual now to compete with a black and white map.
Orienteering maps changed to 3-colour maps - black, brown and blue.
4-and 5-colour maps were becoming commonplace.
Standard competition scale at many events was 1:20,000.
1:15,000 soon after became standard scale for 'classic’ distance orienteering races.
Photogrammetry used along with aerial photos led to over-detailed mapping.
Map making tools introduced.
The pin-punch used on a next-generation control card often a different colour-card was used for each course.
New technology for displaying results: the 'washing line' carrying multiple control card stubs.
1971: Pen-ultimate Association formed – Northern Ireland Association.
1971: First President, Sir Francis Chichester appointed (to 1972).
1972: Last formed – East Anglia Association.
1972: Chairman: Bob Climie (to 1975).
1972 (May): First Professional Officer Tony Walker appointed.
1973: John Disley became a member of the International Orienteering Federation Council (until 1984).
1974 (April): National Office within Lea Green Centre, Derbyshire.
1974: First British Relay introduced. Brierley South (SWOA). British Relay Champions: Men – Piz Hasi (Switzerland) and Women: Fjaras (Sweden).
1974: National Office based in Matlock area of Derbyshire onwards.
1975: Range of international standard map symbols established.
1975: Chairman: Chris James (to 1978).
1976: Great Britain staged the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland.
1976: Chris Brasher was the Event Director for the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland.
1976: Standard of map drawing in the UK improved rapidly.
1976: Maps for World Championships 1976 drawn by Robin and Sue Harvey reaching new levels of detail and accuracy.
1976: Brian Porteous appointed as Professional Officer.
1976: President Sir Roger Bannister appointed (to 1979).
1976: Sponsor: Wm. Younger (to 1978).
1977: Maps printed on waterproof paper introduced - used at the JK at Leith Hill.
1978: First Harvester event introduced. Ecclesall Woods (YHOA).
1978: First British Night Championships introduced. Ash Ranges (SCOA).
1979: Major sponsor: Robinsons Barley Waters (to 1982).
1979: President The Earl of Moray appointed (to 1983).
Photo below: Original - style results display with Gordon Pirie, another pioneer who was a house-hold name athlete (Silver medal in 5,000m at Melbourne Olympics, and John Disley. Credit: Source: John Disley
1980s: Sponsor: Novotel.
1980s: Sponsor: Peter Dominic.
1980: National Office moved to 41, Dale Road, Matlock, Derbyshire.
1981: Chairman: Toby Norris (to 1979).
1981: Change to British Orienteering Federation Limited - a Company limited by guarantee. Management Committee formed.
1981: Sponsor: Batchelors Cup-a-Soup.
1981: Chairman: Clive Allen (to 1984).
1982: The Orienteer was combined into CompassSport.
1983: Sponsor: Rank Xerox (to 1984).
1980s: Great Britain contributed to International Orienteering Federation’s work, in Council, on various Committees and in other ways through the 80s and 90s.
1983: Sue Harvey became the International Orienteering Federation Secretary General (to 1986).
1984: Chairman: Ian McMillan (to 1987).
1985 (August): Sir Chris Bonington became President and still is today!
1985: Sponsor: West Bromwich Building Society.
1987: Chairman: Roger Lott (to 1988).
Helped greatly by the publicity gained from the World Orienteering Championsips in 1976, orienteering grew rapidly and became firmly established in all parts of the UK.
1987: Sponsor: Rank Xerox.
1988 (or thereabouts): British Orienteering Federation's office moved to Riversdale, Darley Dale. Since then the office moved to another office nearby in Darley Dale.
1988: Chairman: Clive Allen (to 1989).
1988: Sue Harvey was elected as International Orienteering Federation Vice President.
1988: Sponsor: TSB (to 1991).
1989: Chairman: Anne Braggins (to 1992).
1990's: Course print-outs pasted on to boards or scrolling screen displays in the early days of computing.
The British Orienteering Championships was re-enacted on the 25 Anniversary (1992); the first day with the old map and courses and the second as a modern event.
1992: Chairman: David Thomas (to 1994).
1993: Great Britain won its first World Orienteering Championship medals in Foot Orienteering, with a bronze for Yvette Baker (nee Hague) and silver for the men’s relay team.
1994: AGM passed a restructuring proposal ('subsidiarity') but it was never implemented.
1994: Chairman: Richard Speirs (to 1997).
1994: Sue Harvey became International Orienteering Federation President (to 2004).
1995: Yvette Baker (nee Hague) won two silver medals at the World Orienteering Championships.
1995: Electronic punching: EMIT was first used widely in international events. No more control cards! SI introduced a little later.
1997: Chairman: David Peregrine (to 2000).
1998: Goran Andersson was appointed Performance Director.
1998: First British Middle Championships introduced. Tarn Hows (NWOA).
1999: Yvette Baker (nee Hague) won the gold medal in Short Distance at the World Orienteering Championships held on home soil.
Growth and development in the new century saw British Orienteering Federation moving with the times.
Domestic championship events began to grow in number as in the International Orienteering Federation.
2000: Chairman: John Woodall (to 2003).
2001: JK2001 cancelled; outbreak of the epidemic of Foot and Mouth Disease.
2003: Chairman: Bob Roach (to 2006).
2003: Jamie Stevenson became World Champion in the Sprint by winning gold at the World Orienteering Championships, 2003 in Switzerland.
Urban orienteering became a popular alternative to outings in forest and open terrain.
2004: First British Sprint Championships introduced. Haverthwaite (NWOA).
2004: Sue Harvey was awarded International Orienteering Federation Honorary President for Life.
2004: Great Britain TrailO team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.
2004: Brian Porteous became a member of the International Orienteering Council.
2005: Great Britain TrailO team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.
2006: British Orienteering Federation Chairman: Neil Cameron (to 2010).
2006: Dave Gittus won gold in TrailO World Orienteering Championships.
The First JK Sprint on Good Friday was introduced. Temple Newsam, Leeds (YHOA).
October 2007: Extraordinary General Meeting agreed new management structure of Board and Directors. Working name changed to British Orienteering. New logo introduced.
2008: First Directors appointed.
2008: The Men’s Relay team won gold in the World Orienteering Championships.
Photo (left): Kristian Jones (Forth Valley Orienteers / Swansea Bay orienteering Club) competiting in the Sprint race at the JK 2016. Credit Rob Lines.
Photo (right): Megan Carter-Davies (Mid Wales Orienteers) Credit: Ben Mitchell.
2010: Chair: Lyn West (to 2013).
2012: Great Britain staged the World TrailO Championships in Scotland.
2012: Brian Porteous became the second International Orienteering Federation President from Great Britain and held office from 2012 to 2016.
2013: First Independent Directors appointed.
2013: Chair: Martin Ward (to 2016).
2013: Xplorer launched.
2015: Touch-free electronic punching!
2015: British Orienteering's National Office moved to Tansley, near Matlock.
2015: Great Britain staged the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland for the third time.
2015: Live results and GPS tracking.
2016: Xplorer Schools launched.
2016: Plas y Brenin becomes the first British Orienteering Recognised Centre.
2016: Emily Benham won two gold medals in the Mountain Biking orienteering World Championships.
2016: Brian Porteous awarded International Orienteering Federation Honorary President for Life.
2016 (April): Public Memorial Service celebrating the life and achievements of John Disley CBE took place in London.
2016 (May): First ever World Orienteering Day takes place with record breaking results!
2016: Chair: Judith Holt (to present).
2017: New British Orienteering Strategic Plan 10 year plan (to 2027).
2017 (14 April): Cutting of the 50th Anniversary cake by Chris James (North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club) and Judith Holt (Chair) representing all the volunteers over the 50 years who have contributed to growth and development.
2017 (24 May): Second ever World Orienteering Day 2017 takes place.
It is exactly 50 years since the British orienteering Federation came into being.
The occasion is being marked by the production of a short film and a special multi-page feature in British Orienteering’s member magazine Focus.
BBC One Breakfast Sport Present Mike Bushell took part in the orienteering course held by South East Lancashire Orienteering Club at Media City.
Have you got any additional milestone which you think can be added to this timeline?