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.
Is your club an important part of the local community?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:
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.
All nomination forms are to be submitted by emailed to email@example.com
For more information and to see the lists of all previous winners for each of these award categories here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
If being more active is one of your New Year's resolutions, why not try orienteering?
More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's a competitive sport with something for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas.
The sport of orienteering offers many benefits, but its foremost attraction is that it is fun!
Here are just five health benefits of orienteering.
Interested, but want to find more about the sport of orienteering. This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you to find out more.
Volunteers in clubs and at events are the heartbeat of the sport. Without them, the sport would not be able to function and provide so much enjoyment to thousands of people of all ages throughout the year across the country. Orienteering is in a unique position as one of few sports with such a diverse age range of people involved at events as participants and volunteers.
Our challenge is to ensure that more people of all ages become club volunteers, by raising awareness and challenging perceptions of what’s involved and supporting easier routes into becoming more involved in the clubs.
Within clubs, data shows that on average every volunteer committee member takes on the duties of two positions, whilst the average age of a committee member is over 58. Essentially this demonstrates a shortage of people involved as committee members. The challenge is to utilise these dedicated and experienced volunteers to train and encourage more people to be involved, relieving some pressures within clubs.
Building on the 2014 volunteer report, British Orienteering wishes to evolve a strategy ensuring the previous report remains relevant and appropriate to today’s volunteers. With the aim to increase the numbers volunteering in clubs whilst improving the perception and understanding of just what’s involved. What would make volunteering more appealing and enjoyable? What challenges have volunteers faced? How were they overcome? How can we work together to highlight and share best practice?
The new strategy is intended to deliver a more balanced and integrated volunteer approach, with clear networks and above all, oversee an increase in those involved. No doubt across the country there is so much great work and ideas going on, that we want to discover, recognise and above all share in order to deliver a consistently excellent experience in the sport.
Send your input (in any format) by e-mail by 31 January 2018 to the British Orienteering development lead for volunteering: Peter Brooke email@example.com
Photo Credit: Linda Cairns