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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 Saturday 19th December 2020

    Suspension of Competitions Activities in Tier 4 areas in England - updated 24 December 2020

    Having reviewed the relevant legislation and government guidance, British Orienteering are now able to provide further detail on the restrictions that will apply to orienteering in areas of England that are subject to Tier 4.


    Events and Activities in Tier 4 areas

    All orienteering events and activities are suspended within Tier 4 areas, other than organised activities (e.g. coaching) for under-18s or people with a disability.


    Activities in Tier 4 areas for under-18s or people with a disability

    Any organised activities for under-18s or people with a disability which take place in a Tier 4 area must be held in an outdoor public place. The organiser of the activity must carry out a risk assessment and take precautions in line with the British Orienteering coaching guidance. People who live outside a Tier 4 area should not travel into a Tier 4 area to participate in or volunteer at such an activity. Spectators are not permitted at such activities, and parents of the participants are not permitted to participate in the activity themselves.


    Travelling out of a Tier 4 area

    People who live in a Tier 4 area must not travel out of their area to participate in or volunteer at an orienteering event or activity.


    Individual exercise and recreation

    For those living in a Tier 4 area, unlimited outdoor exercise is still permitted, including in parks and the countryside. This exercise must be alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or one other person. Exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).