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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 2nd March 2021

Last Few Safeguarding Workshop Places Left

Time is running out for any licensed coaches to secure a funded place on the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops.

Six workshops have already taken place, four by UK Coaching and two by sportscotland, with very positive reviews. 127 coaches have so far signed up for the UK Coaching course and after additional courses were added, only 16 places remain.

Funded places are only available until the end of March 2021 and after that time, coaches will need to fund their own tutor-led course to remain licensed.

In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, for active coaches to remained licensed from 1 June 2021, depending on who they coach, they will need to complete the following requirements.

  • Young people - It is a requirement to have tutor-led training to be a licensed coach.
  • Adults - It is required to complete an appropriate on-line safeguarding module.
  • Adults at risk – It is strongly advised that they attend an on-line self-led adult safeguarding training.

The training should be updated every three years. After three years, following an initial tutor-led course, the refresher can be an online module.

Tutor-led training – for coaches training young people

Due to the current restrictions and the difficulties in accessing tutor-led workshops, British Orienteering has secured a number of Orienteer only, online Safeguarding & Protecting Children tutor-led workshops.

The workshops, delivered by UK Coaching, usually cost £30 per person.  However British Orienteering will be covering the cost for those attending this course before the end of March 2021. Each course is restricted to 12 people and lasts for 2 ½ hours.

Who can register?  A licensed coach (including those whose first aid qualification that has lapsed since March 2020) or currently doing a coach qualification.

To register please follow this link:  Safeguarding and Protecting Children Registration.
Select your preferred and second choice dates for the workshop. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and places will be confirmed via an email from Peter Brooke.

Online Safeguarding Module

Should coaches only work with adults, you will need to complete an appropriate on-line safeguarding module. There are a number of courses available including the Safeguarding Adults course delivered by UK Coaching costing £16.99 per person or other self-led online workshops delivered by the NSPCC which can be claimed back via British Orienteering on submission of the certificate and receipt. Those with access to the Educare platform, will also be able to take the course on this system until 19 March 2021.

British Orienteering will only cover those courses delivered before the end of March 2021 on submission of a certificate of attendance and expenses claim.

Limited places available
Tweet Wednesday 17th February 2021

10 top orienteering activities to occupy the children this February half-term

Keeping children entertained during half-term is a challenge at the best of times, but Orienteering is a great way to stay active locally in the area where you live and within the government COVID-19 restrictions.

British Orienteering has put together an action-packed list of things to do for families to enjoy with children at home, in the garden and in local green spaces. Simply download the free activities and fun challenges – and have fun!

10 orienteering activities to do this February half-term.

1.  Design your own orienteering course around your house, or in the garden. 
This is easy to do, just create your own map – all you need is a blank piece of paper, then using a pencil and ruler just sketch out your garden or house or a combination of both. Download and print the markers for free from the British Orienteering website resources page here
Then plan a challenge around the house and garden. Mark a circle on your map and put something out at each point, this could be an orienteering marker, or you could hide various toys or treats, it is entirely up to you. With any challenge, it may take a few controls / markers for your child to get the swing of it, but once they do, you won’t stop them!  You can set up several variations of challenges with letters and numbers - and you could even let your child create their own challenge for you to enjoy.

2.  Have fun with Dizzy Directions.
Challenge your child to race to the different compass points. Learn about the activity by watching this video and download the free markers you will need here.


3.  Download a Maze puzzle and work out how to get to each numbered control in order.
Just like orienteering!  Find out more here.

4.  For those cold or rainy days – downloadable indoor activities for free from the British Orienteering website.
A wide range of activities to keep busy from orienteering word searches, sudoku orienteering symbol and letters puzzles to children’s jigsaws to download, cut up and solve.  Find these activities here.

5.  Ever played Matching Trios?
These are activities which ask you to match the map feature with the terrain picture and the control description. Choose from a wide range of matching trio challenges about Earth, Rock, Water, Vegetation and Man-Made Features. Can you complete them all?
Find these sets of challenges here.

6.  Knolls and Depressions is an outdoor activity that helps improve physical fitness and agility and is lots of fun!
It is a game for two players or two teams, for all ages and is fun and very competitive.
Watch this video and find out more.


7.  Did you know there are over 500 Permanent Orienteering Courses located across the UK?
A Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way to get active and enjoy the scenery and green spaces with your family. You can also them as a competitive time trial. There is also a brilliant selection of virtual courses to be completed by using the GPS on your mobile phone so have you checked out what is local to where you live? Find out more here.

Please note:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions across the UK Permanent Orienteering and Virtual Orienteering Courses should only be undertaken if they are local to you.

8.  Scottish Orienteering Association have been busy gathering a full set of 87 puzzles and 13 challenges for you to complete.
The puzzles include Spot the Difference, Crack the Code, Hidden Thistles, Missing Kite – Brain Teasers - check them out!  The challenges include  colouring sheets to download, origami kites, as well as orienteering board games such as dominoes, bingo, jigsaws and many more!
You can access the full set here.

9.  Fun for adults and kids alike - why not invent your own orienteering themed game?
Crags and Mudslides (Snakes and Ladders) or snap (words and symbols) are just a few ideas to get you thinking.

10.  Take on this word challenge.
How many words can you make from the letters in: ‘ORIENTEERING IS GREAT’?

O  R  I  E  N  T  E  E  R  I  N  G  I  S  G  R  E  A  T

You can only use each letter once in the words that you make. Words are to be made using two letters or more.


Why not share these activities with your family and friends? You can access all these resources, activities, and challenges here.

Don't forget to tell British Orienteering how you got on?  Which activities did you complete?  
We would love to hear from you and see how you enjoyed these activities on your doorstep.    


Why not share these activities and challenges with your family and friends?  You can access all of these resources, activities and challenges here.