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.
The Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022 are coming to Scotland after Edinburgh was awarded the event by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), beating Paris for the honour.
The Scottish capital was successful after an innovative joint bid was submitted by The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland, the City of Edinburgh Council, British Orienteering and University of Edinburgh to host the event in the middle of July 2022.
The IOF Sprint World Orienteering Championships brings together the best teams from around the world to compete across three main disciplines – individual sprint, sprint relay and knock-out sprint. An anticipated 250 athletes from 50 countries are expected to attend the Championships, bringing with them additional coaching staff and supporters. In addition to the main Championship races, there will also be a full programme of spectator races suitable for all levels of orienteering ability and competitive classes for all ages.
Scotland has a strong history of hosting the World Orienteering Championships having previously hosted the event three times over the last 40 years. However, unlike the previous occasions when the event took place in countryside of the Scottish Highlands, the 2022 event will use the fabric of Edinburgh’s city centre to create an exciting and unique sports arena.
Taking advantage of the medieval tenements, the narrow and intricate alleys and the sweeping landscapes surrounding the city, innovation will be at the core of Championships to challenge the athletes as well as bring the best possible experience of this thrilling and fast-paced sport to spectators by creating an amazing spectacle for them in the heart of the city. Use of innovative broadcasting techniques, including drone footage, will also allow organisers to showcase Edinburgh to an international TV audience alongside the exciting sporting action.
Tom Hollowell, IOF CEO, said: “The IOF vision for the Sprint World Orienteering Championships, of bringing it to exciting international venues, is coming true.
“Scotland has extensive experience in organising high-level events. The World Orienteering Championships in Inverness 2015 was the latest major IOF event held in the country. The bid was partly initiated by EventScotland, which is involved in delivering major sporting and cultural events in Scotland.
“The support being provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and EventScotland was a key factor in awarding Sprint WOC 2022. We look forward to showing orienteering and Edinburgh to the world.”
He added: “Through their bid, we expect that Edinburgh will first and foremost provide exciting competitions where the world’s best sprint orienteers will be awarded their medals. But we also expect to increase the visibility of orienteering both locally and globally against the palette of the iconic landmarks of Edinburgh.”
Peter Hart, British Orienteering Chief Executive, said: “Being awarded the Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022 is incredibly important to us. We have been working alongside our partners preparing our bid for a long time and I’d like to thank them all for their dedication to it, in particular, the Scottish Orienteering Association, for driving this exciting project forward.
“This win gives us the opportunity to further develop the sport throughout the United Kingdom by building on the success of 2015 when we last hosted a World Championships.
“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best orienteers with a warm Scottish welcome to Edinburgh in 2022 where they will battle it out in what is guaranteed to be a thrilling competition in a spectacular city.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted Scotland has been awarded the right to host the Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022. This is an excellent result following the hard work by the bid partners to secure this important international event for the Scottish capital.
“Over the years, Scotland has developed the capacity and capability to deliver a wide range of sporting and cultural events, and it is our globally recognised reputation along with our experience in event delivery that makes Scotland the perfect stage for events.”
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for City of Edinburgh Council, said: “With its narrow closes, steep stairways and winding streets, Edinburgh’s city centre will provide the ideal challenging location for the world’s top orienteers.
“Images of the competitors making their way down the Royal Mile will present an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Edinburgh’s beautiful and historic cityscape to a global audience.
“We’re looking forward to hosting this Sprint World Championship sporting event, and I’m sure the people of Edinburgh will warmly welcome the many competitors and supporters from all over the world.”
Anne Hickling, Chair of Scottish Orienteering Association, said: “The Scottish Orienteering Association is delighted by this exciting news. Hosting a World Championship event in the heart of Edinburgh will give us the opportunity to present orienteering to a wide audience and allow people to see at close quarters what an exciting sport it is.
“Building on the experience of our successful hosting of the 2015 World Championships, we are confident that this event will promote growth in our sport locally and across the country.
“We look forward to working with our partners in the event and to welcoming the world's best orienteers to Scotland again.”
The decision to award Edinburgh the Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022 follows the city being shortlisted by the IOF earlier this year and a visit by officials in May to see the city’s world-class venues and facilities that will make it the perfect host.
The IOF will now appoint a Senior Event Advisor to work closely with the Steering Group and Organisation Committee to oversee the delivery of the event including reviewing and agreeing race venues, TV rights and appointment of officials.