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Tweet Wednesday 20th March 2019

Participant Satisfaction Survey

In 2018 British Orienteering established a feedback programme to gather insight into the participant experience at local and regional events.

The Participant Satisfaction Survey was rolled out to develop an understanding of overall satisfaction and identify participant-focused development opportunities.

We would like to thank the 421 participants took the time to feedback their views and to the 7 clubs that have been working with us on this project.

We are delighted to find that;

  • 95% of respondents indicated that “Overall the event met [their] expectations”
  • 95% of respondents say they “would recommend the event to family and friends”
  • 92% of respondents are very likely to take part in further orienteering events.
Participant Satisfaction Survey

The feedback has also helped us identify several ways we can improve the events and we are now working with the clubs involved in several development areas, including:

  • Communicating Event Information
  • Growing Event Participation
  • Gathering Specific Insight.

Clubs who are interested in better understanding the participant experience at their events are invited to get involved in this programme. We are extending this insight work to a further 6 clubs, who will benefit from event-specific reports as well as overall club reports highlighting successes and providing actionable development recommendations.

The full report infographic can be found here.

For more information please email Rayan Sammut, Competitions Officer: or call 07442 493149.



2018 Participating Clubs: Berkshire Orienteers (BKO); Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK); City of Birmingham Orienteering Club (COBOC); Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK); Eborienteers (EBOR); Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI); Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC). 

Tweet Tuesday 19th March 2019

International Women’s Day Celebrations with NI Orienteering


Female Sports Forum

On Saturday 9th March the Female Sports Forum attended Lagan Valley Orienteers Spring Cup 2 at Woodvale Forest to learn more about the sport and opportunities available to get involved. They had a go at a yellow course while capturing footage of the participants to showcase what we are about. The video can be viewed here.

Tollymore Orienteers

Tollymore Orienteers were delighted to be asked to host family orienteering sessions at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre’s International Women’s Day celebrations. There were 3 sessions and 2 courses available on the day and a great mix of familiar orienteers and newcomers. This was a great chance for local people to give the sport a go and learn more about the hub and what will be on offer over the summer.

 Juls Hanvey, Active Clubs Coordinator (Northern Ireland), says:
“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate this special day over the weekend. A special mention should go to Emma from the Female Sport Forum and Caoimhe at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre for working alongside us and providing these opportunities to share the sport and what we have to offer.”


Northern Ireland Orienteering took part
Tweet Monday 18th March 2019

Calling All English Orienteering Clubs!


2019 is British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer' – Club Match Funding Applications are still open for a few more days only!  Don't delay in getting your application in as the deadline is fast approaching...this Friday 22 March 2019. 

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.

In support of British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer', clubs in England can apply to match their own investment in a volunteer project up to £250. For example, a club project that costs £500 can be split with £250 coming from the club and £250 from British Orienteering. Alternatively, the project may cost over £500 but the maximum that can be applied for from British Orienteering is still £250.

Clubs need to complete the application form outlining which category the funding would be used for and how the club intends to develop/ increase the number of volunteers as a result of it. The funding available is on a match funding basis and the club is expected to match or exceed the funding available from British Orienteering.

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

We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative ideas 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.

Don't delay....if you haven't done so already, get your application downloaded and apply today.

Closing date for all applications is this Friday 22 March 2019.


Tweet Friday 1st March 2019

Get Up To Speed: Orienteering Skills Videos - Part Two

Get Up To Speed: Orienteering Skills Videos produced by South London Orienteers

Four new films released during February 2019.

Sport England awarded South London Orienteers a grant towards the cost of a project to help orienteers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

As part of this project, South London Orienteers have produced an Introductory video and an accompanying series of eight videos 'Get Up To Speed' showing different techniques used in orienteering. The videos are presented by different athletes from the GB Orienteering team and filmed in different locations. The aim of the series is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but these films can also be used to show beginners how to get started in orienteering.

The 5-minute videos are designed to be downloaded to phones or tablets.

To start the series there is a short Introductory Video and that is followed by

  • Charlotte Ward introduces ‘How to Orientate the Map’.
  • Hector Haines covers the topic of ‘Using the Compass’
  • Megan Carter-Davis teaches the use of ‘Attack Points’
  • Charlotte Watson presents the use of ‘Aiming Off’
  • Chris Smithard explains ‘Large Contour Features’.
  • Alice Leake looks at ‘Route Choice’.
  • Kris Jones explains ‘Intricate Contours’.
  • Ralph Street highlights ‘Simplification’.

We hope clubs and associations will be able to use the videos at their own coaching events and other development initiatives.

A quick recap:  Watch the first six films released in January 2019 below.

GB Athlete Photos above (left to right):  Graham Gristwood, Charlotte Ward, Hector Haines, Megan Carter-Davies, Charlotte Watson.

Film 1:  'Start Orienteering':  Introductory video presented by Graham Gristwood – watch the film here.

Film 2:  'Setting the Map' with Charlotte Ward – watch the film here.

Film 3:  'Using the Compass' with Hector Haines – watch the film here.

Film 4:  'Attack Points' with Megan Carter-Davies – watch the film here.

Film 5:  'Aiming Off' with Charlotte Watson – watch film here.

Watch the four new films released during February 2019 on the links below:

Film 6:
Large Contour Features || Chris Smithard
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

British team member Chris Smithard runs us through large contour features and how they can be used as handrails to find controls faster.

Chris first competed for GB at the 2015 World Championships. He studied engineering at Sheffield University and now lives, works and trains in Stirling. He runs for Forth Valley Orienteers and for OK Pan Kristianstad (Sweden).

Large Contour Features with Chris Smithard – watch the film here.


Film 7:  
Route Choice || Alice Leake

|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

Team GB athlete Alice Leake demonstrates several types of route choice and explains how to play to your strengths when choosing routes.

Alice came eighth in the 2018 World Champs Sprint Final in Riga, Latvia. She has been in the GB senior squad in 2015, competing in the sprint discipline at every World Championship since then. She enjoys the fast running and rapid decision-making needed in sprint orienteering. Alice works full time in Charity development, having gained a 1st class degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh.

Route Choice with Alice Leake - watch the film here.


Chris Smithard
Alice Leake

Film 8: 
Intricate Contours || Kris Jones
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

British athlete Kris Jones demonstrates how to identify complicated contours in intricate terrain. He shows several ways of simplifying the contour detail so that you can get to the control faster.

Kris competes at orienteering, track and cross country races; he won bronze in the 2018 European Orienteering Championships, was part of the silver medal winning team at the recent European Cross-Country Championships, and was also 2018 Scottish Cross Country Champion. Kris now lives and works in Dundee where he recently completed his PhD which focused on golf biomechanics.

Intricate Contours with Kris Jones - watch the film here.


Film 9:  
Simplification || Ralph Street
|| Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering

British athlete Ralph Street demonstrates ways of simplifying complex legs. He shows that by removing the detail from the map, you're able to concentrate on running fast to the control.

Ralph started orienteering with South London Orienteers. He moved to Sweden after university and joined Södertälje-Nykvarn Orienteering (SNO). With them, he won Tiomila in 2016, and Night Hawk in 2013. He is now living in Oslo working in IT Support, and a member of Bækkelagets SK.  At each of the last four World Championships, Ralph has had a podium place (top six)  in a GB relay team.

Simplification with Ralph Street - watch the film here.

Kris Jones

This project was supported by Sport England.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Sport England, South London Orienteers, the GB athletes involved and all members of the filming and editing crew.

For more information, please contact South London Orienteers, Sarah Brown:

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