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Tweet Thursday 15th April 2021

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation: introducing British Orienteering’s new strategy

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation are at the heart of the new British Orienteering Strategy to strengthen the sport in this country. It will allow us to engage with a new generation via a thriving club network.

British Orienteering believes that if we change perceptions about orienteering, improve accessibility and deliver engaging fun experiences, more people will become hooked on the sport.

Once engaged, clear pathways to progress in competitor or volunteering will enable people to enjoy the sport for life.

The four focus areas of the Strategic Plan are:

  • Change the perception.
  • Create engaging experiences.
  • Strengthen lifelong pathways.
  • Provide foundations for success.
  • Thriving Clubs for a New Generation” will be formally launched at the AGM on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and we will be consulting further with the membership and key stakeholders.

    Read the Full Strategy here

    Call to Action

    British Orienteering is keen to hear from you as we turn Thriving Clubs for a New Generation into reality.

  • How can this strategy benefit your club, new and existing orienteers in your local area?
  • What ideas do you have to support the news strategic priorities?
  • What is working well for you that we could share?
  • Would you be interested to be involved in a focus group?
  • All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.

    Please click here to fill out the survey and help us to collect as many views as possible or send your comments to


    Tweet Tuesday 13th April 2021

    British Orienteering Roadmap (England)

    British Orienteering’s Roadmap for returning to orienteering in England can be found here.

    British Orienteering fully understand that clubs need direction and clear guidance from the board at each step, particularly about the restriction on start rates. The Roadmap will help the clubs understand the intention and hopefully assist clubs to plan for larger events. A fully updated operational guidance on orienteering at Step 2 will follow shortly.

    In addition to the above-planned changes, we fully understand that for some clubs the biggest challenge will still be access/permissions. Sport England has been working with other bodies responsible for public health to encourage collaboration between local leaders and sports providers to facilitate a safe return to play - this includes the Local Government Association and Public Health England.

    The statement can be found here which may be a useful document as a reminder if you are having any local difficulties with the relevant authorities.

    British Orienteering Roadmap (England)
    Tweet Thursday 15th April 2021

    Are You Ready to Spring into Action?

    We are all looking forward to returning to orienteering when the Government’s restrictions allow us to. British Orienteering is looking forward to seeing orienteers out doing what they enjoy the most.  

    British Orienteering will continue to support clubs and their members to rebuild confidence and get ready for springing back into the enjoyment of orienteering once again. It is important that as a sport, we work together to resume orienteering responsibly and within the relevant Government guidance. The latest Guidance documents are available here.  

    British Orienteering will continue to provide you with regular updates and all the latest information you need to help support your club restart when you are ready. 

    With Orienteering starting to open back up just in time for spring (in line with Government guidance) there are many ways to get back into the sport.  


    Ready?  =  The calendar is starting to fill up with events where the Government guidelines allow. 

    Steady?  =  Pre-registration is in place to make sure we are keeping you safe while you are having a great time. 

    O!  =  Over to you to choose how you spring into action! 


    Here are opportunities for you to get involved in: 

    • Reconnect with your local club and find out what they have planned. 

    • Find an event local to you. 

    • Find an activity. 

    • Find a Permanent Orienteering Course – there are many to choose from. 

    • Find a Virtual Orienteering Course near you – if you haven’t yet tried one, then now is the time to have a go! 

    Ready, Steady, O! 
    Get ready to start your adventure.  
    Find out more here: 

    Tweet Monday 10th August 2020

    Selection Race Update - Entries are now open!

    Having spent much of the past three days working on the final details, we can announce that we will be holding the Selection Race Weekend on 28th-30th August in the Southern Lakes.

    The race programme will comprise a Sprint in Windermere on Friday (28 August) late afternoon (starts from approximately 4.30pm - 6pm), a Long on Saturday afternoon (29 August) and a Middle on Sunday morning (30 August), with both forest races being held on the Graythwaite Estate. Both of these areas are now under embargo until the conclusion of the race weekend.

    Entries are now open via SiEntries here.

    Selection Race Weekend

    The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday 23rd August.

    All races will be seeded in accordance with British Orienteering rules and start times based on this process. The details of the race specifics are currently being worked on by the team of organisers, planners and controllers and we hope that provisional details will be published soon.

    We will also ensure that all racing will comply with the latest covid-secure guidelines. If athletes are unable to attend the racing weekend for fitness, personal or COVID related reasons, they should contact Paul Murgatroyd ( and outline their situation, so that this can be considered by the selection panel.

    The races will be used to select for EJOC and the Talent Assessment camp/squad and the final selection policy documents related to this are being worked on currently and should be up on the British Orienteering website by the end of this week.

    Paul Murgatroyd
    Head Coach for Talent
    British Orienteering


    EYOC and Junior European Championships Update
    Previous news article can be found here.