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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 Friday 19th February 2021

Great success for the Virtual Coaching Conference

Did you miss any of the Virtual Coaching Conference? The 2021 conference concluded earlier this month, but don’t worry if you missed any sessions or want to watch any back, they are now all available online.

Nine sessions covering a variety of different areas of coaching are freely available to watch when you want, alongside the relevant presentations via the conference webpage here.

Over five weeks, the conference saw over 710 live views and over 250 individuals registering, from 70 UK clubs. Sessions included 'Systematic Orienteering', 'Using Virtual Platform for Coaching', 'Safety for Coaches' to discussing ‘What is a Coach?’'  Following the conference, British Orienteering is also conducting a short survey to hear what’s worked well, what can be improved on and help plan for future training and conferences.

Please click this link to complete the survey.

Peter Brooke, Operations Manager at British Orienteering, said “Faced with the challenges of being unable to hold the conference in person, the response to it being online has been fantastic. I’d like to thank everyone who tuned in and especially all the presenters who put together some really engaging content which I’m sure will play a positive part in coaching sessions when they restart once again.”

“I’d also like to thank Denise Martin of SOA and Hilary Palmer (NOC) for their support and hard work in pulling the programme together.”

“Finally, don’t forget to help us review the conference by spending five minutes completing the short survey.”

Virtual Coaching Conference 2021