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Tweet Wednesday 6th January 2021

New Stay at Home guidance issued for national lockdown in England

The government has issued new guidance for the national lockdown in England, which comes into force on Tuesday 5 January.

The guidance states that:

  • Outdoor exercise is still permitted but should be limited to once per day.
  • You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
    • by yourself.
    • with the people you live with.
    • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one).
    • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare.
    • or, when on your own, with one person from another household.
  • Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
  • All outdoor sports clubs, centres, venues and facilities will close, alongside indoor facilities.
  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue, and we will provide further detail on this once we have information from the Government.

All organised orienteering activities, including events, competitions, leagues and coaching, are therefore suspended with immediate effect (except for orienteering for disabled people, on which we will provide further information in due course).


POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise. Courses should be registered with British Orienteering as activities to provide insurance cover for the club and planner. They must not be used for competitions or leagues.

We would recommend that you add any courses on to the British Orienteering POC portal via your club POC Manager or contact

The full national lockdown: stay at home guidelines are available on the UK government website.

Guidance for orienteering clubs

Up to date support and guidance for UK orienteering clubs is available via our COVID page.

Tweet Friday 18th December 2020

Update: Suspension of competitions and activities in Wales from 20 December 2020

The First Minister has today announced that Tier 4 restrictions have been brought forward to the 20 December 2020.

However, the guidance that the Welsh Executive has published is clear that people who live in Tier 4 areas must not travel out of their Tier 4 area other than for legally permitted reasons, and that people who live in Tier 4 areas must not leave or be outside of their home except where they have a specific purpose or ‘reasonable excuse’.

For those living in a Tier 4 area, unlimited outdoor exercise is still permitted, including in parks and the countryside. 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).

Orienteers are obviously required to comply with the new restrictions and with other government guidance.

British Orienteering will the guidance as further details of the new restrictions become available.

Tweet Tuesday 26th January 2021

Sport England launches exciting new strategy putting sport and physical activity at heart of nation’s recovery.

#UnitingTheMovement is a 10-year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.

Helping grassroots sport and physical activity recover from the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and investing in tackling the challenges of the next decade are the cornerstones of the new 10-year strategy.

Launched today via an online event today (Tuesday 26 January 2021), #UnitingTheMovement runs through to 2031 but is most immediately focused on helping the people and organisations delivering grassroots sport and physical activity to cope with the pressure of the pandemic.



Find out more here: 


Tweet Tuesday 12th January 2021

Board of British Orienteering are seeking an Independent Director responsible for diversity safeguarding

Closing date: Friday, 19 February 2021

British Orienteering has a vacancy on the Board of Directors for an Independent Director with the responsibility of diversity & safeguarding as well as the other normal director responsibilities.

We have a great depth of experience and expertise on the Board, from within orienteering and other sports including corporate backgrounds.

The Board, together we are passionate about the future for orienteering. We are excited to find a new board director to join our team who will share our ambitions, deliver the strategy, and grow the sport.

British Orienteering welcomes applications from all sectors of society. British Orienteering is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and is committed to following best practice in the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults.

Overview of the role

Main Duties and Responsibilities

An Independent Director should bring innovation, skills and expertise that will drive forward the strategic agenda of the Board. There should be a constructive challenge of proposals so that decisions made by the Board achieve the best outcome.

An independent director must balance the need to remain independent of the operational day-to-day business of the sport while maintaining a level of knowledge that will enable them to ask tough, objective questions.

They should be able to scrutinise operational and financial performance to be satisfied as to the integrity of management information. Specifically, an Independent Director must be able to scrutinise, assess and constructively challenge financial controls and risk management systems to ensure they are robust and defensible.

Individuals wishing to discuss the role further prior to application can contact the current Chair of British Orienteering, Drew Vanbeck, at or the CEO, Peter Hart at

A full Information Pack is available from

Definition of Independent

Independent - a person is independent if they are free from any close connection to the organisation such as a member of a British Orienteering committee or Association committee or held a post as an officer in a club in the last three years.

A person may still be deemed to be ‘independent’ even if they are a member of British Orienteering and take part in orienteering activities.

How to apply

To obtain an application pack, please contact
All applications must be received by 17:00hrs on Friday, 19 February 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview which will be held via conference call w/c 15 March 2021.