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
An exciting opportunity exists to become Chair of British Orienteering, the national governing body for orienteering in the UK, and to succeed the current Chair, Judith Holt who is standing down to at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019. Judith is handing on the role of the chair a year before the end of her nine-year term on the board in order to offer continuity.
British Orienteering is the national sports governing body for the sport of orienteering in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1967 and currently has around 10,000 members and a further 38,500 participants take part in the sport on an annual basis.
We are a growing sport, striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets and aiming to continue our record of punching above our weight in international competitions.
We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with over 10,000 individual members, a staff of ten, and a turnover in 2017 of £812,889. In the summer of 2022, we will host the World Orienteering Sprint Championships in the City of Edinburgh.
However, the external environment is changing with the central government not funding core services and British Orienteering not being an Olympic sport. We will be operating in a challenging funding environment and therefore will have to develop the long-term strategy to develop our income streams to ensure long-term sustainability.
To ensure effective governance, provide effective leadership and be the public face of British Orienteering.
The appointment will be effective following the British Orienteering Annual General Meeting in April 2019. It is for a three-year term, and up to three consecutive terms can be served. The Chair is appointed by the Board through an open recruitment process. The Chair can be drawn from within British Orienteering membership or from outside the Federation. If the preferred candidate is a voting member the appointment will be subject to election at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019. The role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
To apply, please complete the Application Form below with a covering letter that explains what motivates you to apply and how you meet the requirements of the role by email to email@example.com.
Celebrating Orienteering Coaches
In the next of our series celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes, we look at those who provide the guidance and support to help everyone improve and achieve their potential, our coaches.
What inspired them to become a coach?
How do they adapt to different ages and skill sets and what does the future look like for maximising coaching for club members?
Peter Brooke British Orienteering’s Development Officer contacted Neil Harvatt, a Coach of the Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club to try and find out more.
Like many people in roles across clubs, Neil almost fell into the role when Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club (HALO) needed a new coach. Coupled with retirement, a desire to help others whilst improving his own personal skills and simply doing more orienteering, everything fell into place and he’s not looked back.
Neil commented: “Running HALO’s club nights in Beverley, alongside my coaching in schools are particular highlights. I like seeing everyone’s enjoyment as they pick up new skills and then being asked back and into other schools gives me great personal satisfaction.”
As in any sport, coaching is never easy with such wide-ranging abilities of individuals in every club, but it’s a challenge Neil thrives on and his passion is evident throughout our chat.
Neil added: “It’s not easy, but it’s important to keep a balanced approach, building on the desires and current skills of our club members. During club nights I always try and focus on core skill activities whilst pairing up members with different levels of experience to help everyone learn from each other.”
Whilst the principles of the sport are the same, coaching continues to evolve and improve thanks to a dedicated network across the country. From a personal point of view, Neil highlighted how becoming a coach helped him to improve his own orienteering skills along with the satisfaction he gets from others simply saying thank you.
Neil concluded: “It’s not about being perfect or even the best orienteer, no one does a course and becomes a good coach overnight. It’s how you listen to and work with orienteers for their benefit that will improve you. Anyone can do it.”.
Simply 'Log in' to the member's section of the British Orienteering website and click the 'Get Involved' tab and click on Volunteering. Click on the link of the 'Volunteer awards' to access the award categories and download the nomination forms. It is really easy to do. Just follow the link and get nominating.
Additionally, if you have ideas you want to share on how we can improve volunteering within the sport we’ll be very happy to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org