Community Sport & Recreation Awards Announced
Entries are now open!
The Sport and Recreation Alliance awards have been celebrating grassroots sport and recreation for over twenty years, and championing grassroots work on a national scale, using examples of best practice to drive positive, societal change.
The awards provide tangible evidence of the impact of grassroots sport and recreation on communities.
This year's categories are:
The closing date for entries is: Sunday 18 November 2018.
Who are you going to nominate? More information about these awards and how to enter can be found here.
A Conference of Association and Club representatives will be held on Saturday, 20th October at The Studio in Birmingham.
Invitations to attend:
|10:30||Registration & Refreshments|
|11:10||Review of 2017 Conference|
|11:30||Chief Executive’s Review of British Orienteering Activities|
|12:00||Strategic Priorities and funding for 2019-2021|
Performance and Talent: The Future;
Performance and Talent: the Future;
|15:30||Orienteering Foundation the 1% Club|
|15:45||Closing Statements/Action points|
The venue is a short walk from Birmingham New Street rail station. More information on location and travel details can be found here
For registered delegates, the costs of the conference including refreshments and a light buffet lunch will be paid for by British Orienteering.
All members are invited to attend and we would encourage as many as possible to come along and have your say!
As in previous years, we also encourage clubs and associations to nominate two chosen representatives to represent their views. Clubs and Association chairs or secretaries must confirm the names of the two delegates attending on behalf of their club or association by completing and returning the registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will register their attendance and these club and association delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (contributions will be as per below criterion).
All other members are very much encouraged to attend; however, any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements, a completed registration form will still need to be sent to email@example.com to register your place at the conference.
Where the total round trip to and from the conference venue exceeds 150 miles, British Orienteering will meet the costs of half of the mileage that exceeds 150 miles (at British Orienteering’s standard rates). Here are examples:
British Orienteering will meet half of the cost of the cheapest standard class return plane/train ticket after deducting £30.
As an example, a delegate whose rail ticket costs £50 could claim 0.5 x £20 (£50-£30) i.e. £10 from British Orienteering, with the rest to be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.
For anyone requiring more information please contact the admin team at British Orienteering National Office,
Old Coach Road
Telephone Number: 01629 583037
The final live online training will be taking place next Thursday 18th October at 7 pm and look at the subject of Developing your club.
Do you want to grow your club?
Do you feel your club needs an injection of new ideas?
Do you want to develop your club but don’t know where to start?
If the questions above relate to you then log on. Delivered by Pauline Tryner, the session promises to provide a great insight into how South Yorkshire Orienteers developed and grew their club, sharing some valuable tips you’ll be able to utilise going forward. The session is due to last approximately 45 minutes and there will be a question and answer section at the end so do get your questions in. You can get involved by asking questions throughout the session or by submitting them prior. (see information below)
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen the first two sessions delivered, Hilary Palmer and Barry Elkington provide some great insight into both Coaching and Planning, with very encouraging numbers logging on to view the sessions live.
Commenting on the sessions, Peter Brooke, Development Officer said: “The first two sessions were expertly delivered by Hilary and Barry who both provided really good insight into their subjects and as the sessions progressed the questions came in at a rapid rate from those watching.”
“Clearly there are areas we can improve on and this pilot will teach us a lot of things and help to shape potential future training and support structures for people across our clubs networks”
The final session will be delivered using Microsoft Teams which you can sign in using your Microsoft account or join anonymously.
To view the session;
The link for the session is;
To send in any questions to be answered during the webinar or want to know more information, simply contact Peter Brooke on firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions through British Orienteering’s twitter account @GBRorienteering
Between the ages of 12 and 18, we lose approximately half of our junior orienteers. There is a significant drop off from the age of 14. Whilst a level of drop-off is to be expected in any sport during this turbulent time in young people’s lives this rapid decline is something we can’t ignore.
Individuals fall out of the sport at all levels but more so at the base of the pyramid. They may never make a British Orienteering talent squad or even a Junior Regional Squad but every single junior matters.
There is clear evidence of a considerable number of children are trying orienteering, with some joining clubs, but the majority drop out during their teenage years.
There is also a degree of segregation between junior and adult orienteering. For example, there are many schools leagues with events well populated by juniors. However mainstream orienteering events show consistently low numbers of junior participation, frequently with <10% of runners as juniors.
British Orienteering wishes to build a strategy to address youth membership and participation across all ages & experience levels. This is intended to deliver a more balanced and integrated orienteering population, with clear pathways and satisfaction for juniors at all levels of achievement.
There are many questions to address. Some example questions are:
• How can we boost junior membership & participation?
• How should we best target juniors & families to start orienteering?
• How can we encourage juniors in schools leagues to take up club membership?
• What should a club offer for teenagers?
• Should we encourage more junior coaching in clubs? How?
• How to develop more university clubs?
• What should the sport provide for juniors not in the squad and talent systems?
• How can we leverage new technology and social media?
• How should we celebrate and involve juniors in the running of our sport?
• How can Orienteering events be more youth-friendly?
• How should we work together to develop juniors in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland?
Much of the work needed can be achieved at a local level, and there is already great work for juniors being done in many sectors of the orienteering community. There are also actions required on a national basis to provide a better experience for our young orienteers. This will build on the Junior Development Framework presented at the 2016 Association & Club Conference.
All ideas large and small are welcome! Please share your input by e-mailing (in any format) by 31 December 2017 to Phil Conway development lead for youth. Email: email@example.com