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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 Thursday 13th February 2020

This Girl Can - Sport England Funding Opportunity

Do you have a project idea?  Looking for funding? Then the Sport England This Girl Can Community Fund could be for you. 

The fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barrier some women face in getting active. 

Projects could need just a few hundred pounds to larger project nearer £10,000 so there are some great possibilities.  

Orienteering clubs are ideally placed to take advantage of this fund to bring in valuable funds in support of important projects. Project ideas could include: 

  • Organising a series of orienteering themed walks for new mums.

  • Running a series of evening or weekend activities which helps train women in the skills of orienteering as well as getting the benefit of physical activity.

  • Providing specialist coaching sessions for 16+ girls who sit outside the elite and regional squads framework.

Funding opportunity
  • Introducing a series of short evening score events for women that link to women networks in your area.

  • Providing an orienteering activity specifically to encourage women to try orienteering and then linking to an existing summer event series you / your club has planned. 

These are just some ideas and suggestions on how you could get involved.  This is an excellent opportunity which could really help you get that idea you’ve been thinking of for a while now off the ground.

There is a short Sport England Project Form which initially needs to be completed explaining your idea.  Once this form has been submitted Sport England funding advisers will be in touch with you within 8 weeks. If your idea is successful then you will be asked to complete a full application form with more details.

British Orienteering’s Development Team are available to help and talk to clubs about their project ideas and wanting to submit a bid, as well as providing support and assistance when your initial idea has been approved.

The potential for your project idea could be great!   

Please note: that the deadline for submissions is:  25 February 2020. 

For further details and to complete the initial form, follow this link: