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Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Winter 2018 Festive Xplorer Events

Looking to take part in a fun and festive activity?  Look no further!  

Xplorer is getting into the festive spirit with Christmas themed events across the country. An adventure for the whole family this December with a navigation challenge! Explore the park and find the festive markers!

Festive Xplorer events taking place include...

Find more Xplorer events here.

Give a Membership Gift

Join British Orienteering as an Xplorer member today! Did you know that for only £11 (adult) and £5 (child) you can join British Orienteering as an ‘Xplorer’ club member?

Joining gives you access to discounts of up to 20% off a wide variety of partners including Butlin's Holiday Club, Go Ape, YHA, Cotswold Outdoor, AA and many more, as well as access to newsletters, badge and incentive schemes, events, activities, competitions.  Find out more here. To join as an Xplorer club member, choose Xplorer as the club and BOF as the association when using the online joining process. 

Tweet Friday 14th December 2018

Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield 2019

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the plans in 2019 for the annual Yvette Baker junior inter-club competitions.

The regional heats start on Sunday January 20th in the West Midlands with an event at Boreatton Park.  The full list of regional heats are as follows:


Boreatton Park, Shropshire 20th January 2019


Errington Woods, Cleveland 24th February 2019
SEOA Worthlodge Forest, W. Sussex 24th March 2019
EAOA  Hockley Woods, Essex  31st March 2019
SWOA  Savernake Forest (tbc), Wiltshire 7th April 2019
WOA  Cwm Lickey, Cwmbran  14th April 2019
YHOA  Mausoleum Woods & Cottagers Dale, Lincolnshire  28th April 2019
NWOA  Aitken Woods, Lancashire  11th May 2019
EMOA  Calke Abbey, Derbyshire  19th May 2019

The final will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Sandringham Country Park near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

The Yvette Baker junior competition now includes a new category for clubs with fewer juniors. The Yvette Baker Shield runs alongside the Trophy at the same event, allowing qualifying clubs to field a team of 5 or more juniors (the Trophy requires a team of 9 juniors).

To qualify for the Shield, a club must have 25 or fewer junior members in the club. The updated Rule L for the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield and the list of clubs qualifying for both Trophy and Shield competitions in 2019 can be found below.

A further update on the Yvette Baker competitions in 2019 will follow in January.

Tweet Wednesday 12th December 2018

Tick one thing off your to do list before Christmas, book onto the 2019 Coaching conference now.

The festival period is rapidly closing in so don’t forget to tick one thing off your to-do list and book your place on the 2019 coaching conference. 

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January will soon be on us, so don’t miss out on the 23rd December booking deadline.  

Great advice, practical sessions and live discussions will help you start your coaching year in the best way possible. 

To secure your place at the conference and to view the full agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.  

Great value at only £70 for both days or £38 for one day. 
All bookings must be made by 23rd December. 

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.