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Tweet Thursday 21st February 2019

Nominations for New Directors - to be submitted by 17:00 (27 February 2019)


The following Directors will be standing down:

  • Julie Webster
  • One vacancy due to the resignation of Bob Dredge on 1st January 2019. 
    (Bob has been appointed as Financial Director of the 2022 World Championships).

The Board will be seeking to replace the above two Elected Director vacancies at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019 on Friday 19 April 2019.

The roles are for full terms of three years.  

We welcome applications from any person who is eligible to undertake the role of a Company Director.


British Orienteering's Chair Judith Holt, says:
"This year we have two vacancies for elected directors to be voted on to the Board at this year’s AGM. These positions are open to any member of British Orienteering; no previous committee work is necessary. If you have knowledge of how organisations work and can step back and think strategically about the sport then you could contribute to the work of the Board."  

"Particular areas of expertise such as commercial fundraising or marketing are useful but the essential is to be able to assimilate a wide range of views and work with the other Board members to reach decisions about the ongoing governance and future of the sport."

"We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to stand for the Board, including gender, race, age, disability, to give us a rounded point of view. In 2019 we particularly want to encourage people from other parts of the UK to put themselves forward for election. Our current elected directors all come from England and we would like to extend our reach further afield across the UK."

All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members. 

In the past year, we have been meeting in Manchester and Birmingham and we are looking at ways that we can meet in other parts of the country to make the board more accessible. We pay for any reasonable travelling expenses.

For further information please contact Chief Executive Peter Hart or Chair Judith Holt.




Nominations have to please be submitted by 17:00 Wednesday, 27th February 2019.

Tweet Thursday 21st February 2019

First webinar of 2019 almost here

It’s only a week to go before the first live webinar of 2019 goes live.

The first session takes place on Thursday 28th February at 7 pm titled Planning Focus.

The session will be discussing planning, from where to begin and tips and advice as you move forward creating your event. Barry Elkington will lead the session. Barry is an extremely experienced and highly regarded planner. The session is for everyone who is looking to start planning and for those who are experienced and are looking to give advice to others, continue their learning and share ideas.

To view the session all you need to do is follow the simple registration process prior by following the link below; 

Planning focus

This is the first in a full calendar of sessions running throughout 2019. The first group of sessions announced include Communications, Coaching and Youth. Registration links and dates are;

Date Registration link

Thursday 14th March

Communication social media v traditional methods

Thursday 28th March

Coaching newcomers

Thursday 25th April

Attracting and retaining juniors

For further information about how you could get involved and to keep an eye out for all future sessions or find links to a session you may have missed (including the 2018 pilot), visit the British Orienteering webinar webpage.

Tweet Thursday 21st February 2019

Did you know that there are permanent orienteering courses across the UK?

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you. 

Courses offer a huge range of variety, from urban courses in city centres to rural routes through beautiful scenery. They are on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places.  Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring the area whilst on holiday or simply just adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses can help you explore. 

To find out more about Permanent Orienteering Courses and how to get the best from them check out this video – it explains all you need to know here.

At a pace and time that suits you, grab a map and go!

You can find a course local to you – here.

Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?
This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

Tweet Monday 11th February 2019

British Orienteering’s Year of the Volunteer – Club Match Funding Applications Open

British Orienteering is pleased to announce that the application process for clubs in England to apply for match funding to support their own volunteer project is open.  

As a key part of the Year of the Volunteer initiative, we want to encourage clubs to launch their own projects to engage more of their members as volunteers. Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs need to do is think of a project and download and complete the application form from  

Should clubs wish to, they can also contact an England Development Officer to discuss their ideas and work out their project plan. We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative things to get more people involved in volunteering for orienteering. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.  

With the benefit of Sport England funding, we can match a club’s own investment up to the value of £250. Unfortunately, this offer is for English based clubs only as the funding is being provided by Sport England. However, we’ll be providing project ideas and news stories from across the network of clubs on the British Orienteering website which will be available for anyone to access. 

Leading the initiative British Orienteering Development Officer Peter Brooke, said:  “We wouldn’t have the sport we do today without the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers across the country. Throughout 2019 we want to celebrate volunteering and support clubs to run their own projects to encourage more of their members to volunteer. The great thing about the match funding is that it can be linked in with other projects. For example, the club may run a project to train members to run club nights which in turn will benefit their other members with regular or a series of training sessions. Or a club may want to put on a series of event organising training sessions widening the number of members who can run events relieving the pressure on other members.” 

The British Orienteering website ‘Get Involved’ section contains further information or to discuss potential ideas, contact your England Development Officer. 

 Let’s hear about your ideas, events and projects on social media use the hashtag #volunteering4orienteering on our twitter account @GBRorienteering.