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Share  Tweet Tuesday 18th January 2022

Final Call for British Orienteering's Coaching Journey Online Survey

Ensure you have your say!  British Orienteering is inviting coaches and all those who are or have been involved in coaching orienteering to complete the online survey and help us understand different coaching journeys within our sport. 

Further to the launch of Thriving Clubs for a New Generation, British Orienteering is setting out to Strengthen Lifelong Pathways for those involved in Orienteering.

To support this key theme, British Orienteering has partnered with the University of Essex, who will be conducting a research study entitled: 
‘Learning from and for coaching: Understanding the coaching journeys and biographical learning of British Orienteering coaches’.

Whether you already hold a qualification, or not, and whether you are currently active or have been in the past, your input is valuable and very welcome.  The survey will take between 20 - 30 minutes to complete, and the more detail you can provide the more insightful it will be.

Complete the online survey here

Thank you for your support.


Photo Credit: Wendy Carlyle (Airienteers)

Share  Tweet Saturday 15th January 2022

British Orienteering's Development Conference - Register for FREE sessions

Seven more FREE sessions are scheduled to take place during January 2022 at this year's conference.

The Development Conference is being held online and many have already enjoyed the two sessions held this week.

Here is a quick reminder of what other sessions will be taking place this month and how you can make your bookings.  All sessions start at 19.30 on the day.  Places are still available but registrations are filling up fast.  So be quick!


Monday 17 January
Retaining beginner orienteers
Presenter: Neil Cameron, The Orienteering Foundation
Register here.

Tuesday 18 January
Supporting club development through the employment of a Club Development Officer
Presenters: Andrew Evans, The Orienteering Foundation and Caroline Mackenzie and Mary Fleming from Cleveland Orienteering Klub
Register here.


Wednesday 19 January
Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective
Presenters: Leanne Sargeant and Richard Burke, Forestry England
Register here.


Monday 24 January
WOC 2024 Development Opportunities
Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association
Register here.


Thursday 27 January
Women’s Sporting Journeys
Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys - 
Register here.


Tuesday 1 February
Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering
Register here.


Wednesday 2 February (provisional date)
Engaging and Retaining Young People - Additional Session
Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association
Register here.


To register for these sessions simply click on each of the links which are shown in green underneath each session.  Each session has a different registration link.  All sessions are FREE. 

To find out more information about each of these sessions click here.

We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Share  Tweet Friday 14th January 2022

Development Conference gets off to a great start - Week 1 Summary

British Orienteering's Development Conference - January 2022

On Monday British Orienteering was delighted to kick off the 2022 Development Conference with a session on Engaging and Retaining Young People, presented by Fran Loots a Regional Development Officer from the Scottish Orienteering Association.  This was an interactive session where delegates were able to share as well as take some ideas back to our clubs.   This first session was fully booked so a waiting list has been made for an additional session which Fran has very kindly offered to present on Wednesday 2 February – and this session is already filling up.

It was Pauline Tryner’s turn on Thursday evening to help focus our attention on Creating a Whole Club Experience.  With her unique perspective as the Club Development Officer, Pauline talked through the development journey of her club, South Yorkshire Orienteers. One main message from this was, South Yorkshire Orienteers is not the same club now as it was 10 years ago and it does require persistent effort – if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try and try again – not using the same methods each time but evolve your efforts and ideas.  Also, focus your efforts on one thing at a time within your capabilities.

Both these sessions were recorded and will be available to watch shortly on the British Orienteering Webinar page under Training & Support.

Development Conference 2022 

This coming week there are three sessions planned.  On Monday (17 January) we can look forward to hearing about the work of the Orienteering Foundation to help clubs with Retaining Beginner Orienteers.  It will be great to hear from Neil Cameron who will flesh out the bones of the Newcomer Retention Project report which Clubs will have recently received.

Tuesday's session (18 January) uses the case study of Cleveland Orienteering Klub, looking at the value of employing a Club Development Officer (CDO) and the process of how clubs can go about this using Orienteering Foundation support.

In the third session of the week, on Wednesday (19 January), we will be looking at Access and Permissions through the eyes of an ecologist and landowner, Forestry England.  A better understanding and good working relationship will hopefully advise and support clubs with future applications.

This coming week we have just shy of 200 people registered to attend the sessions – there are still places, so why not sign up now!

Share  Tweet Monday 12th October 2020

COVID-Secure Orienteering Update 12 October 2020

Earlier today the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures to further control the spread of the virus, with new restrictions.

We understand that some measures could have an impact on orienteering in some areas/regions.

However, we will review the detailed Government guidance as it emerges and will make any necessary changes to the British Orienteering guidelines as soon as possible.

British Orienteering will also continue to work with SOA, WOA and NIOA to review the impact of the restrictions announced by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

We will issue a further update once the revised Government guidance for sport has become available. In the meantime, you can visit our COVID 19 Safe Orienteering webpage for further information.

With many areas of the UK being subject to different and rapidly changing restrictions, we urge all members to consider any restrictions in their own area before travelling to an event.

It is the responsibility of each member to ensure they are complying with the requirements.