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Tweet Tuesday 23rd February 2021

COVID-Secure Orienteering Update 22 February 2021

The Government published its roadmap on 22 February for the gradual and staged easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Restrictions will be eased across all areas of England at the same time.

British Orienteering welcomes the key message that from 29 March, formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can restart and will not be subject to the gathering limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.

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

Tweet Monday 15th February 2021

British Orienteering 2020 Awards - Nominations open! Who do you think deserves national recognition for their efforts in 2020?

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Volunteer, Club, Coach and Mapping Awards!

2020 was a very different year for all. British Orienteering are extremely proud of how the orienteering community has responded to the challenges and excited to celebrate those who stepped up, thought outside the box and got creative during this period.

Nominations are open until Sunday 7 March 2021.

Anyone can submit a nomination, so if someone in your club or community has had a positive impact on your orienteering experience this year, we would like to hear about it!

Nomination forms can be downloaded using the links below and should be submitted electronically to by the closing date.

Awards will be presented for the following categories. 

Who are you going to nominate?

More detailed information about each award is available from the Volunteer Awards or Mapping Awards pages.

* Traditionally, the three cartographic mapping awards (Chichester, Silva, and Walsh Trophies) would be awarded for maps first used in competition during 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has severely limited the number of events held in 2020 and expected to be held in 2021. Consequently, the Map Advisory Group, have agreed not to make awards in those categories for 2020 but to invite nominations in early 2022 for maps first used in the two years between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021.

Tweet Tuesday 23rd February 2021

New eLearning Course - Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools

British Orienteering has today launched a new eLearning course for Secondary School Teachers.

Orienteering is an outdoor physical activity that can be delivered safely in schools, can be delivered Covid-securely and support in the development of a young person’s confidence and the ability to make decisions to maintain an active lifestyle.

Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools is a new initiative and has been designed to be the first step on the leadership pathway and aims to equip teachers and leaders with the knowledge and confidence to introduce Orienteering within their setting.

Today more than ever there is an important need to support students’ understanding and development of how to keep physically active and healthy, as well as providing opportunities for students to be active during the school day through extra-curricular activities. 

This e-Learning course is offered at a discounted launch price of £20 until 31 March 2021.  
The cost of the course will then increase to £30 per learner.

Calling all Secondary School Teachers

The course will take approximately an hour to complete and can fit in around your commitments at a suitable time to suit you. 
Each learner will also receive these valuable resources to support them in their delivery:

  • Certificate
  • 11 Group learning activities
  • 7 supporting resources
  • School Games information
  • British Schools Orienteering Championships information
  • Information on both mapped Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses
  • A list of useful books to support their learning
  • A list of orienteering equipment suppliers and sources of funding

Howard Blackman Business Development Officer at British Orienteering, says:

“British Orienteering are delighted to launch this new online learning course. Never has the opportunity been greater to support students’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy. This course is now available online and can be completed at any time or day that fits in best, and also allows you to study at your own pace.”  

Find out more and book on the ‘Introduction to Orienteering for Secondary Schools’ course here.   

British Orienteering also offers an online Introduction to Orienteering course designed purposely for Primary School Teachers, Outdoor Centres and Youth Leaders to deliver in their own settings. Find out more and book on this course here

If you have any questions and want to discuss any aspect of the course please contact:
Howard Blackman, email:

Tweet Wednesday 20th January 2021

First Aid extension

British Orienteering wants to reassure members who may have concerns about licensing, returning to coaching and instructing when the current restrictions are lifted.

We recognise that these are extraordinary circumstances and it is important that you know that British Orienteering will work with each of you to make sure that you can continue to deliver great sessions and competitions. We value your continuing support and we will support you.

Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, we have made some temporary changes to what is required to become or remain a licensed coach or be the recognised First Aider at an event.

Can I do a first aid course?

The answer is still technically ‘Yes,’ where circumstances allow. Theoretically, a private course could still be run with mitigation measures in place if there was a specific and critical need. The continuing ability to provide essential training such as first aid is seen as a priority by government agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. If your first aid qualification is out of date, it is our advice to book onto a course as soon as possible. Although practical training is recommended to be assessed face to face, British Orienteering supports online refresher training.

However, we are aware that due to periods of lockdown, there remains a backlog or limited availability.

HSE Guidance

First Aiders should take account of the specific guidance on giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the Resuscitation Council UK.

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.

HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual First Aid at Work (FAW) , Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and requalification courses are delivered face-to-face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.

First aid certificate extensions

First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or six months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021 (next review date by HSE is 29 January 2021).

For those with the Outdoor First Aid certificate, British Orienteering will also apply the same timelines outlined above.

Licensed Coaches

If your First Aid Certificate has expired on or after 16 March 2020, you will be insured to continue to deliver coaching activities until 31 March 2021 providing you have completed the Educare online module – see below or similar programme approved by British Orienteering.

First Aid at Competitions

When the restrictions are lifted and competitions allowed, First Aid certificates that have expired on or after 16 March 2020 will remain valid until 31 March 2021 providing you have completed the Educare online module – see below or similar programme approved by British Orienteering.

It is important for clubs to note that when organising an orienteering activity/event, club officials are confident that they can provide appropriate first aid coverage and designated First Aiders work within their most recent level of qualification.

Educare online First Aid module

British Orienteering is able to provide an online first aid module for British Orienteering licensed coaches whose first aid certificate has expire since 16 March 2020 plus one other member per club, whose first aid expired after 16 March 2020 and has been unable to secure a place on a course line with HSE requirements. On completion, this module would only provide an extension to 31 March 2021 subject to further review.

There are limited places available, to secure one, contact Peter Brooke on


The position is obviously fluid and we will further amend these guidelines as and when required. However, they represent the minimum position, licensing requirements will not become more onerous when lockdown restrictions ease.

This document will be reviewed following the next HSE review which is due on 29 January 2021.

For further details and additional guidance for the safety of the First Aider at an event, please read the document below. 


First Aid update