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Tweet Thursday 2nd April 2020

Have you incurred losses as a club as a result of COVID 19? (England only)

Sport England has launched a new fund to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

•            Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Further details can be found here.

New fund launched
Tweet Wednesday 1st April 2020

Create your own Easter Magic at Home!

We are in an unprecedented position where all orienteering and similar sporting activities in the UK have been suspended, whilst at the same time being encouraged to keep active.

At British Orienteering we know the value of continuing to get your family out and active during these times and what could be better than creating a fun Easter challenge.

Whatever the size of your home and garden putting on your own family Easter hunt couldn’t be easier because we have created downloadable Xplorer Easter resources for you. Simply use our map template to whizz up a map, download our markers (which ask simple and educational questions about Easter themed animals) and answer sheet and get the ball rolling on your Easter magic. You can even award our special Xplorer certificate or add Easter eggs!

So for all those looking to keep themselves and families active at Easter during COVID-19 everything is at your fingertips at

Family Easter Fun 
Tweet Wednesday 1st April 2020

Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2020 postponed and changes to other International Events

At a time when the world of sports is of minor relevance compared to the health and wellbeing of people all around the world, the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and the organisers of the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Denmark, which were planned to be held in 7-11 July 2020 have agreed to postpone the event to a later date. This was due to the uncertainty about the development of the Corona Virus (Covid -19) outbreak and being able to guarantee broad participation and fairness of the competitions.

There are several alternative dates being considered and the information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

The Selection Races, scheduled to be held on the 30 - 31 May will be postponed correspondingly, with future dates to be announced.

As well as the postponement of the World Orienteering Championships 2020, there have been changes to other IOF events:

  • Orienteering World Cup Round 2 and European Orienteering Championships (EOC) which were planned to be held in Estonia, 19 - 23 August  2020 have been cancelled and will not be held in 2020. The IOF and organisers are looking at potential dates in future years.
  • European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) - organisers have informed the IOF that they intend to postpone the event from the planned dates 19 - 22 June to 23 - 25 October 2020. There will be a final decision about whether this event can be organised in October and this will be made at the latest by 1 August 2020.
  • Junior World Orienteering Championships 2020 scheduled for Turkey 28 June - 2 July. The decision about holding the event on the planned dates will be made at the latest 30 April. Contingency planning is ongoing to postpone JWOC to dates later in 2020.
  • World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC) 2020 scheduled to be held in Slovakia, 7- 15 August has been cancelled and the event will be re-scheduled at the latest in 2023.
  • FISU World University Orienteering Championships 2020 scheduled to be held in Russia - July 14 -18 has been cancelled with the event is to be re-scheduled 2021.

With the cancellation of the Orienteering World Cup Round 2 and EOC 2020, along with the postponement of the World Cup in Switzerland which was due to be held in May, which has now been moved to 2021, the IOF announced that there will be no overall Orienteering World Cup for the 2020 season and that the final round of the Orienteering World Cup which was scheduled to be in Italy on 1 - 4 October is cancelled.

Tweet Friday 7th February 2020

Outdoor Fitness Adventure Magazine - Features Orienteering!

Source: 'Best 2020 Fitness Challenges' article in Outdoor Fitness and Adventure's Magazine; February 2020 issue.

Orienteering is featured in the '15 Thrilling New Year Fitness Challenges' article.  

Credit:  Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine. 

"I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my running, and so are our readers," says Lisa Jackson, the award-winning author of two best-selling running books, Running Made Easy and Your Pace or Mine? (which will shortly be released as an audiobook) who included orienteering in her review of 15 Thrilling New Year Fitness Challenges in the February issue of Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine. "While researching this article I was delighed to discover that you don't need to attend organised orienteering events - there are courses laid out in urban and rural locations where you can try it out at your own pace and at a time that fits in with your schedule. I was also delighted to discover that orienteering events are held nationwide, which meant including it would appeal to all our readers, not just ones who lived close to certain events. Map-reading engages your brain and is a distraction from your aching limbs while running, so it's a great sport I think more people need to hear about."

Read the full article below.

Credit:  Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine.