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Tweet Thursday 14th November 2019

Grace Molloy to be Keynote Speaker

British Orienteering is excited to announce that Grace Molloy will be the Keynote Speaker on Saturday 11th January at the 2020 National Development Conference. 

Grace Molloy
Left to right:  Megan Keith, Grace Molloy, Fiona Bunn

As a young elite athlete, Grace already brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of her journey through her club to where she is today. Grace will be providing valuable insights into how she’s progressed, her challenges and discuss her ideas and thoughts for the future, including how clubs can adapt and grow when developing orienteers within.  

The conference also takes in ways to increase and support your orienteers, club publicity, club projects you can adapt for your own club alongside further discussion on the youth strategy. 

Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 11th  and Sunday 12th  January 2020,  the conference will be taking place at the YHA National Forest, Swadlincote, near Burton on Trent and has secured exclusive use of the venue. This will allow members to stay overnight with fellow orienteers to really add the social atmosphere and providing an excellent opportunity for networking.   

 A key part of the conference will see presentations of some great projects from clubs across the country. If you would like to share your story get in touch with Peter Brooke on   

 The prices per person for the conference are:   

Full weekend including overnight accommodation   


Full weekend with no accommodation   


Saturday only   


Sunday only   


All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.    

Saturday’s (11th January) sessions will run between 11:00 and 17:30, with Sunday (12th January) commencing at 09:00 through to 15:00.   

Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020 .

Tweet Wednesday 13th November 2019

Megan Keith wins Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019

Megan Keith (Inverness Orienteering Club) has won the award of Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019 at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards dinner held last week in recognition of her fantastic achievements this year. 

Megan Keith 

Many congratulations to you Megan!  

The award was presented by sportscotland at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards dinner 2019 which was attended by Judy Murray and Catriona Matthew.  Read more here.

Tweet Wednesday 13th November 2019

Teaching Orienteering Courses Available

These courses are aimed at teachers, uniformed group leaders and staff working in outdoor centres.

South Yorkshire

  • Thursday 27 February 2020:  Kingswood - Dearne Valley, Doncaster DN12 4EA


  • Tuesday 31 March 2020:  Kingswood - Dukehouse Wood, Hexham NE46 1TP


  • Wednesday 8th January 2020:  Grosvenor Hall, Ashford TN25 4AJ

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduce young people to orienteering in a safe environment
  • Plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map
  • Plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering
  • Organise and deliver simple orienteering competition
  • Be able to advise young people on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

The courses will run 09:30 – 16:30.

Course fee: £90.00 which includes refreshments and lunch.

To make a booking:

For more information please contact Howard Blackman; Email: or Telephone 07768 334207.

Tweet Friday 8th November 2019

Club and Members Forum 2019 - Agenda Announced

Notice of Meeting

The Board have decided to widen the attendance of this year’s Club and Association Conference to enable wider participation and consultation. The Club and Members Forum will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, 16th November 2019 at The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW,  a short walk from Leeds Railway Station.

Registration will open at 10:30 am.

Invitations to attend:

  •  Association Representatives
  •  Club Representatives
  •  Members of the British Orienteering Board and Committees
  •  Individual Members

The venue has a limited capacity of 80 and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register your place at the Forum, please complete and return the registration form to 


The Board would like to place the following items on the Agenda:

  •  A Refresh of the Strategic Plan.
    Phase one of the strategy development will happen at the British Orienteering Board meeting on Saturday, 12th October - following this meeting the key outcomes will be circulated to members.
  • The characteristics of a club.

To view the agenda, please click here.


The venue is a short walk (700m, 8 minutes) from Leeds rail station. More information on the 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.  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.

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:

  •  A delegate travelling a round-trip total of 310 miles could claim 25p (standard mileage rate) x 160 miles (excess over 150 miles) x 0.5 i.e. £20 from British Orienteering, and the rest must be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.
  •  A delegate travelling a round-trip total of 200 miles with another delegate as a passenger could claim 27p (standard mileage rate with a passenger) x 50 miles (excess over 150 miles) x 0.5 i.e. £6.75 from British Orienteering, with the rest to be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.
  • For a delegate travelling a round-trip total of 120 miles, the costs to be met in full by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.

British Orienteering Expenses Claim Form

Train / Plane
British Orienteering will meet half of the cost of the cheapest standard class return plane/train ticket, including parking after deducting £30. As an example, a delegate whose rail ticket costs £30 and £20 parking 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. Other conditions;

  • A maximum of two claims per club or association will be accepted. These claims must only be from the club or association delegates who had their attendance registered with the National Office prior to the conference (or from any substitutes sent in the place of the registered delegate).
  • Any claims must be made on the claim form available at the conference and be received by British Orienteering by Friday, 6th December 2019 and only in exceptional circumstances with claims after this date be accepted for payment.
  • Plane, Train and parking ticket claims must be supported by a ticket receipt or used tickets.
  • Other expenses will only be payable if agreed in advance in writing by British Orienteering.
  • Please arrange to share cars wherever possible to minimise costs.

British Orienteering Expenses Claim Form

For anyone requiring more information please contact the admin team at;

British Orienteering National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock, DE4 5FY. Telephone Number: 01629 583037, Email: