British Orienteering is reviewing their guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice to understand what is possible and permissible as conditions are being relaxed. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
New guidance has been announced by governments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man easing restrictions on the number of people you can meet outside which impacts on how and where individuals can exercise.
We are awaiting more details of how exactly the guidance will apply to orienteers across all nations and will update this statement once official guidance has been published.
In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can provide orienteers with clear information on what is possible and permissible in the current phase of lockdown measures being eased.
Are you looking for some club specific guidance and not sure where to look?
In addition to support from British Orienteering, Sport England’s Club Matters website has lots of additional guidance and support that’s freely available for clubs to access that is invaluable in the current climate. Ever since Sport England’s Clubmark scheme finished in November last year, the Club Matters website has provided a one stop shop for sports clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.
Following last year’s announcement of the Clubmark scheme closing, British Orienteering continues to recommend clubs utilise the positive structures the scheme helped to establish as best practice. With the continued support of the Club Matters website, clubs can easily find hints and tips to ensure that they run to the best and safest structures. The Club Improvement Tool especially allows clubs to think about where they perform well and identify areas to improve.
To find out more visit: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 July 2020.
The Lockdown Orienteering Junior Weekend is all set to take place on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July.
This competition will consist of ten stages testing orienteering skills like route choice, contour interpretation and map memory.
There will also be two races in the orienteering computer game Catching Features. Plus a brand new stage for Lockdown Orienteering - a race in Minecraft! We'll be using maps from Turkey relevant to the next Junior World Orienteering Championships.
There will be six age categories W20-, M20-, W16-, M16-, W12- and M12-.
Adults will be able to take part but there will be no results for them as the focus of attention will be on the juniors!
More information and entry details can be found here.
Resumption of orienteering: Phase 1 United Kingdom
The updated UK government guidance published on 11 May 2020 permits the resumption of outdoor sports in England where you take part alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside your household from whom you must stay two metres apart at all times.
The updated guidance from the NI Executive published on 18 May 2020 permits Groups of 4 – 6 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors maintaining social distancing.
This will allow us to resume a limited set of individual orienteering activities in these parts of the country, as set out below.
There is no change to the current position in Scotland and Wales, and so orienteering activities in these parts of the UK must remain suspended for now.
As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so. The Board have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted will vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidelines and regulations.
In England and the Isle of Man, we moved to Phase 1 of the resumption of orienteering with effect from 14 May 2020.
In Northern Ireland, we will move to Phase 1 with effect from 22 May 2020.
This will mean that clubs and individuals can:
The full guidance can be downloaded here.