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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 7th December 2018

GCSE, AS and A Level Orienteering: A Guide To Completing The Open Consultation

We know that there is an enormous amount of passion and willingness to support the reinstatement of Orienteering to the list of assessed GCSE, AS and A Level sports, and hope that you will be able to help us to achieve this.

With two weeks to go until the deadline on 20th December, British Orienteering has submitted our response to the consultation. 

We have also prepared some guidelines below to assist with individual responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive and are intended to stimulate a more personal response based on your own experiences.

Guide To Completing the Open Consultation

The more responses that are submitted via the Open Consultation, the more likely we are to be successful in our mission, so please help by spreading this message among your networks.

Respond To The Open Consultation 


Once you have completed the Open Consultation we would appreciate if you would share your responses with

Tweet Thursday 6th December 2018

2019 Senior Squad Support Roles Available

British Orienteering looking to appoint a number of volunteer support roles to work with the Senior Squad for 2019. Roles are available to support the squad to prepare for and at IOF World Cups and the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships. 

Senior Squad Manager

A second Senior Squad Manager position is available to support the senior squad in 2019. The position will work alongside the incumbent Senior Squad Manager Ed Nicholas to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions and access appropriate training opportunities. This will be achieved by coordinating inter-squad communication and assisting athletes in identifying and communicating with clubs and coaches willing to support them.

Senior Squad Manager Role Description

This role is to be completed using communication tools and no expenses are available without prior arrangement.


World Cup 1

Helsinki, Finland
8th – 11th June

Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championship

Ostfold, Norway
13th – 17th August

World Cup 3

Laufen, Switzerland
27th – 29th September

World Cup 4

Guangzhou, China
26th – 29th October

Competition Roles

There are 2 positions available at each competition. For consistency, it is preferential that the positions are filled by the same people at both competitions. However, we will consider all offers of support.

Team Manager
As Team Manager you will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. You will have experience of coordinating team attendance at international competitions and be able to provide time in advance of the competition to coordinate team entries and logistics.
Team Manager Volunteer Role Description

Technical Support
As Technical Support Volunteer you will work with the Team Manager to support athletes, as far as possible, to deliver their best performances at the competition. You will provide coaching/mentoring support and assist with training for athletes who require it whilst at the competition.
Technical Support Volunteer Role Description


For an informal discussion about a position please contact Craig Anthony on 07342 882530 or Ed Nicholas via email To apply please submit a short statement indicating your experience in relation to the role description by Sunday 13th January to Potential appointees will be asked to take part in an informal telephone interview.

Tweet Monday 3rd December 2018

Graham Gristwood appointed as Technical Director for the World Championships 2022

The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co Ltd and Scottish Orienteering Association on behalf of the WOC 2022 Steering Group have appointed Graham Gristwood as Technical Director for this prestigious event. Graham takes on the role with immediate effect.

Graham has made the decision to withdraw from the British Senior Squad to ensure a level of separation from squad activities.

Graham said "I am excited to be taking up the role of Technical Director for WOC 2022. I have a good knowledge of Sprint Orienteering and international competitions having competed at many World Championships and World Cups, planned and organised many competitions including Sprint Scotland, the Junior European Cup and several World Ranking Events, and produced many sprint orienteering maps which have been used for prestigious competitions such as the JK, the British Sprint Championships and the Junior European Cup..

I will be stepping down from the Great Britain Orienteering Squad and the Scottish Orienteering Association Board of Directors, and ceasing any coaching activity with elite orienteers in order to carry out this role in the best way possible, and to avoid any potential or perceived conflicts of interest. I intend to remain available for selection for international competitions in forest orienteering.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to everybody who has either been a part of the Great Britain Team over the last 17 years, or has been part of the support staff or just a supporter! I have had a fabulous and varied time, with trips all over the world for training and competition, and I have met some of my best friends through a shared love for the sport. There are literally too many people to name - but thanks to all the fantastic team-mates, coaches, doctors, physios, managers, psychologists, cooks, drivers, masseurs etc who have been a part of my journey.

I would encourage everybody to support the British team in any way you can over the coming years, especially during this period when funding is a huge challenge."

Graham Gristwood appointed as Technical Director

As a senior international and former World Champion Graham’s experience and presence will be missed from the squad.

Ed Nicholas, Senior Squad Manager, said:  "Graham has been an integral member of the Senior Squad throughout his entire senior career and his input and knowledge has been a real help to fellow athletes and staff alike. It is, however, important to recognise the integrity of WOC 2022 and whilst this is a loss to the squad there is a mutual understanding that this is the correct way forward. We wish Graham all the very best in this role in what will be another exciting home World Championships."

However, Graham has reaffirmed that he intends to compete internationally in 2019 and beyond and remains available for selection for international competition.