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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 Friday 12th January 2018

New Year...New You.

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.

  • Time outdoors is great for us physiologically:
    For one it improves our Vitamin D levels. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. The Vitamin D Council says “your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight”.
  • Increased time being outdoors with nature improves people’s health and happiness:
    Increased time being outdoors with nature has been shown to significantly improve people’s health and happiness. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge, which took place in 2015 by the University of Derby involved people "doing something wild" every day for 30 consecutive days. It showed that children exposed to the natural showed increases in self-esteem. They also felt it taught them how to take risks, unleashed their creativity and gave them a chance to exercise, play, and discover. In some cases nature can significantly improve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), providing a calming influence and helping them concentrate. “Intuitively we knew that nature was good for us as humans, but the results were beyond brilliant.” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters Campaigns Manager for The Wildlife Trusts.
  • Increased cardiovascular capacity:
    Orienteering involves walking, jogging and running, often in rough terrain. All three of these activities increase aerobic capacity and cardiovascular strength.  The Department of Health in their Start Active, Stay Active report state “regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.”
  • Sharpens decision making skills:
    Orienteering offers the development of individual skills in navigating while problem solving to locate each control. Decision making is paramount: Should I go left or right? Should I climb that hill or go the long way around it? These decisions that constantly arise require thinking more than quick reactions or instinct; again, that is why orienteering is often called the thinking sport.

    Research shows even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at max efficiency. Cardio also floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Balance between the physical and the mind
    The ultimate quest for the orienteer is to find that balance between mental and physical exertion, to know how fast they can go and still be able to interpret the terrain around them and execute their route choice successfully.
  • Interested, but want to find more about the sport of orienteering. This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you to find out more.

    Tweet Friday 12th January 2018

    Heading back to University after the festive break?

    Are you thinking: New Year… New Sport?

    Or just wanting to keep fit between studying but find running boring, try 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.

    University Orienteering is a great place to either continue to be involved in orienteering or start it from new. There are a number of Universities with clubs and groups around the UK.

    There are many orienteering clubs already being enjoyed by many students at Universities across the UK at different stages of their studies. Some who have just started their degrees, others preparing for their finals. Orienteering challenges body and mind.

    Alex Lines
    Kerria Rowan
    “I soon discovered the University itself also had a welcoming club which I joined and after Christmas headed off to BUCs, a national inter-university event. This was a mega fun weekend of races with lots of opportunity for making new friends over a meal and an optional night out.”
    Alex Lines, York Orienteering Club (UYOC)


    I started orienteering in my first year at University having gone to university with an open mind to try something new. I enjoy running but like a lot of people can sometimes find running a little dull and motivating yourself to get out especially in the winter can be difficult. Joining the University Orienteering Club was one of the best things I have ever done.”
    Kerria Rowan is now addicted to the sport and is now a current member of Southdowns Orienteers Club.






    Joining in is easy!

    Here are details of University Orienteering Clubs with the 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 your University hasn't got an Orienteering Club, then why not set up your own University Orienteering club or group?
    Support and advice is available, simply contact National Office.

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