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Tweet Thursday 18th January 2018

British Orienteering 37th Annual General Meeting

The 37th British Orienteering Annual General Meeting will take place at 17:15 on Friday 30th March 2018 in the Main Gymnasium at The Ministry of Defence, Beacon Barracks, Stafford ST18 0AQ, 800M from the arena.

More information on The JK and how to access MOD Stafford can be found in the event programme here. Photo ID MUST be provided to gain entry.


Tweet Sunday 14th January 2018

British Orienteering Volunteer and Club Awards

Nominations are now open!

Volunteers are at the heart of our sport – let’s take this opportunity together and join in celebrating the work of our own volunteers and their incredible contributions to our sport of orienteering throughout the last year!

British Orienteering is now once again asking people to nominate inspiring individuals and clubs for the annual Volunteer, Club and Mapping Awards.

The awards have become a highlight of the British Orienteering calendar as a way of recognizing the good work of volunteers and clubs who make orienteering happen across the UK.

These awards present a valuable opportunity for volunteers to be honoured for their work to our sport.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards which recognise volunteer contributions to orienteering over the last 12 months in 2017.

The winners will be announced at the British Orienteering’s 2018 Annual General Meeting on Friday 30 March at Stafford in the West Midlands.

As in previous years, there will be 5 categories, spanning all aspects of orienteering.

Nominees can include a young volunteer who has shown dedication and commitment to the sport, a club that has shown an outstanding contribution to the provision and development of orienteering, or a volunteer who has given countless hours to helping their individual club be its best.

Each year we have received many nominations, and we are now asking you to make sure that there are just as many this year. Nominations can come from individuals, clubs and mappers or anyone who knows someone who is doing great work to develop the sport.

You can nominate in the following 5 categories.


Club of the Year Award

Is your club an important part of the local community?

  • Providing opportunities for everyone to experience high-quality activities at all levels of your sport or recreation?
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?
  • Taking an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?

If your club can answer “Yes” to the above, why enter your club into the British Orienteering Club of the Year Award?

Get the national recognition your club deserves.

Nomination Forms are available here.


University Club of the Year Award

Introduced in 2009 by the Development Committee, this annual award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students.

Which University Club do you think deserves national recognition for their contribution to the provision and development of orienteering?

Nominate a University Club for this award today!

The University Club of the Year nomination form can be found here.


Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Originally piloted in 2009 following a Development Committee review.

This annual award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Who do you think deserves to get national recognition for their contribution to the sport of orienteering? Nominate today!

The Young Volunteer of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.


The Silva Award

In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation.

The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.

Nominees for this award may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of British Orienteering.

All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.

Who are you going to nominate?

The Silva Award nomination form can be found here.


The Peter Palmer Coach of the Year Award

Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Engaging new people in orienteering
  • Improving the performance of orienteers
  • Mentoring and developing other coaches

Who do you think deserves national recognition for their commitment to coaching orienteering?

The Coach of the Year Award nomination form can be found here.


Nominations are strongly encouraged for all the above 5 award categories.

The closing date for nominations for these awards is: Friday 16 February 2018.

All nomination forms are to be submitted by emailed to

For more information and to see the lists of all previous winners for each of these award categories here.

Tweet Friday 12th January 2018

Entries open for junior selection races, March-April, 2018

Entries are now open for the junior selection races for 2018. The results of these races, along with other criteria, will inform selection into the Talent Squad, invites to summer training camps and teams for the international junior competitions.

These races consist of three selection rounds. Round 1 is made up of the JK Sprint, Middle and Long (30th March – 1st April), Round 2 will be a Middle race at Colonel’s Drive, Graythwaite (14th April), organised by Lakeland Orienteering Club, and Round 3 will be the following weekend, including an M/W16-20 junior sprint selection race at York University (21st April) and the Northern Championships at Wass (22nd April).

For the JK, competitors should register for their respective class now, through SiEntries. LOC has preliminary details of the Middle race on their website: and entries for this will open on February 1st, via Fabian.  For the Sprint race at York University, competitors should register their intent to compete in this race by emailing Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, on Further details of the race will be emailed out to competitors in due course. Finally, details of the Northern Championships are here:  and entries are now open on Fabian.

Selections will be made for EYOC, JWOC, the Summer Talent Camps and the preliminary team for JEC, as soon as possible after the Northern Championships. The two summer camps will take place from July 22nd - 28th in the Lakes and from August 13th – 19th for the Pre-JWOC 2019 tour to Denmark.

For full selection details click here.

Tweet Monday 13th November 2017

Continuing to enjoy orienteering when starting University

There are many orienteering clubs already being enjoyed by many students at their Universities whilst studying across the UK. University Orienteering is a great place to either continue involvement in the sport or start it from new.

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer, caught up with Briony Kincaid at Edinburgh University Orienteering Club. Briony now Secretary of Edinburgh University Orienteering Club tells why she continued to enjoy the sport of orienteering even when she left her home club to start University.

Briony Kincaid, Secretary of Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, said:

“When I was choosing which university to go to I was determined that orienteering would not be a factor in my decision. Having been orienteering since I was about 10 and having been in the Scottish Junior Squad I already knew many of the orienteers at the University of Edinburgh and I was determined that I wouldn’t just fall in with the people I already knew and liked, and not make new friends. I still managed to end up in Edinburgh though and the orienteering club has been a large part of my time here. I’ve met new orienteers from all over the world who have been drawn to Edinburgh and we have a great time, although, I should say, I have made some other friends too.

The University Club offers something for everyone. We have complete beginners, both of the super speedy and the jogging kind, those who have dabbled in it and only really taken it up at University, people who have been doing it for as long as they can remember, and the top athletes who train hard, race hard and despite their partying hard, still manage to win. We’re a small club in comparison with the likes of the university’s hockey club, we’ve got 47 members this year yet of these 47, most are involved in much of what we do. This means that everyone gets to know each other very well, and it is a bit like a family.

Edinburgh University Orienteering Club is a busy club with organised training on Tuesdays (intervals), Wednesdays (long run) and Thursdays (orienteering). We also have our weekly social pasta night on Wednesdays. In addition to this about once a month we set off for the weekend, this for me is the best bit. We set off on a Friday evening usually for some part of Scotland or the Lake District with some good terrain for training or competition or a mixture and I return on a Sunday evening reinvigorated and ready to face the city again. And if all these trainings don’t fulfil your quota of Edinburgh University Orienteering Club time, people often post on our Facebook group about what other training they’re doing and ask for companions. Then we have socials and summer trips and we even host our own event, the Big Weekend in January. Entries are now open for this event by the way.

Briony continuing to orienteer 

Being on the committee last year and this year has enabled me to see much more behind-the-scenes of orienteering. I understand more about British Orienteering and the Scottish Orienteering Association and how these bodies function now. Whilst I perhaps haven’t greatly improved my orienteering since coming to university, I’ve seen it in a different light. It’s not just something that you get a lift to with another family at a weekend or go along to a local event. Or even going on junior tours. All the organisation and time which is given by all these people who love the sport is impressive. I think orienteering is a wonderful sport and I’ve been able to share this with so many people. When I graduate I’ll definitely be taking happy memories with me.”

Thank you, Briony.  This is really insightful.  It is great to hear your continued enjoyment for the sport of orienteering.

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Joining in is easy!

Here are details of these orienteering clubs with contact links for each:

Aberdeen University Orienteering Club (AUOC)
Contact Janne Heikkinen

University of Bristol Orienteering Club (UBOC)
Contact Tom Dobra 

Cambridge University Orienteering Club (CUOC)
Contact the Captains

Durham University Orienteering Club (DUOC)
Contact Club Captains

Edinburgh University Orienteering Club (EUOC)
Contact Briony Kincaid 

Glasgow University Orienteering Club (GUOC)
Contact Simon Gardner

Leeds University Orienteering Club (LUUOC)
Contact Ash Stratton-Powell

Loughborough University Orienteering (LUOC)
Contact Philip Vokes 

Oxford University Orienteering Club (OUOC)
Contact Harrison McCartney 

University of Sheffield Orienteering Club (SHUOC)
Contact Club Captain / Secretary

University of Newcastle Orienteering Club (UNOC)
Contact Henry Ling  

University of York Orienteering Club (UYOC)
Contact Club Captain / Secretary


More information about these clubs can be found here.

If you are interested in setting up a University Orienteering club or group and would require support and advice, please email the National Office.

Interested in orienteering, but just want to know more? Find out more here.

Photo credit:  Rona Lindsay