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Tweet Wednesday 25th August 2021

Job Vacancy - Performance Pathway

Over the last 18 months, we have been working on a review of the Performance Pathway, from clubs through to the elite level, including a full stakeholder engagement. We had a very good engagement with the membership, including both the athletes and those associated with the current structure. On behalf of British Orienteering, I would like to thank all of you that have contributed towards this.

The key areas that we will address in the new structure are:

  • Developing a coherent joined-up Performance Pathway that reflects a shared vision, understood and bought into by all those involved – volunteers and professionals alike.
  • Encouraging more and better training consistently at the club and regional levels.
  • Widening the pool of athletes supported at level 3 and reducing the pressure and demands (e.g. travel time) time on those that are involved
  • Providing support for athletes in their junior to senior transition
  • Making sure Athlete welfare is at the heart of how the Performance Pathway operates


The new structure is below:




Level 1



Level 2



Level 3

Talent Scotland



Talent South



Talent North


Level 4



Level 5




To support the new structure, we are looking at recruiting a number of volunteer positions. The Job Descriptions for the roles can be found within the links below.

Level 5 - Performance Squad Manager

Level 4 - Development Squad Manager

Level 3 - Talent Squad Manager x 3 (North, South & Scotland)

For further information about the roles please contact

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 athletes.


Please submit a Covering Letter explaining your motivations for applying and how you meet the requirements of the role by email to


Deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday, 26th September 2021.


Tweet Friday 17th September 2021

What Will You Do This National Fitness Day? (Wednesday 22 September 2021)

National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK and will take place on Wednesday 22 September this year.  

There will be thousands of activations taking place by hundreds of partners across the UK, National Fitness Day. 

The key aim of the day is promoting the benefits of physical activity.   

UKactive are all inviting all to join in on National Fitness Day 2021 and celebrate fitness together by registering our activities and events.  

Other key areas of the campaign include:

  • National Fitness Day is a time to come together to celebrate and share what fitness means to us all.
  • Following the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, it’s also a time to celebrate the essential role of every gym, pool, leisure centre, sports club and activity provider in the UK, and their incredible teams that will continue to support and motivate us safely.
  • This year National Fitness Day celebrates its 10th anniversary, reflecting on a decade of helping to inspire more people to discover the fun of fitness.
  • In 2021 our theme for the day is more important than ever – Fitness Unites Us.
  • Following Covid-19 there is a shared and heightened understanding of the importance of fitness.  

Find out more and how to join in here



Tweet Friday 17th September 2021

Orienteering Foundation Coaching Day - Saturday 20 November, Lake District

The Orienteering Foundation are pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes this autumn on Saturday 20 November 2021. The format will be similar to previous years, this time using the wonderful Summerhouse Knott as used for the British Middles earlier this year. We are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups including juniors.

Map Summerhouse Knott.  Lakeland Orienteering Club 

Timing – 10am until 2.30pm when controls will be collected.

The coaching day is open to the following participants:

  • Individuals – Cost £12 per individual participant. This covers access fees, planned training exercises, hung controls, printed maps, and expert coaching from Derek Allison and / or other experienced coaches.  Any standard from TD4 (Light Green) up to full TD5 can be catered for.  All individual participants must be 18+ years of age.
  • Groups – For example clubs, schools, or junior squads.  Cost £6 per group participant. This covers access fees, and supply of electronic map (OCAD) and course files (Purple Pen) to group leaders. Groups MUST supply their own coach(es), who are suitably qualified, sufficient in number, and responsible for the safety of their group. Groups will need to print their own maps, and may either use the planned courses, or modify / design their own using the same controls (please do not hang additional controls in the forest, unless by prior agreement with Derek). Group participants may be of any age that their coaches are happy to supervise. There are plans to have some TD 2/3 controls for use by groups, details to follow. 

For more details about the day and to register - click here.


Why not make a weekend of quality orienteering training and competing in the South Lakes?
Sunday 21st Nov 2021

The following day there is a Lakeland Orienteering Club event (Cumbrian Galoppen) at Great Tower. 
See Lakeland Orienteering Club website here for details.

Tweet Thursday 8th April 2021

Two Part Series of Mapping Webinars - bookings are now open!

For beginner mappers, would be mappers or those just looking to understand a bit more about how our maps are made, why not join us for a 2-part webinar series introducing some on the concepts and principles of Orienteering Mapping.

Packed with experienced presenters, knowledgeable panellists and outlining some of the basics to mapping please find more information and the booking link below.

Mapping Webinar – Part 1:

Tuesday 20 April (7.30 - 8.45pm)

Aimed at beginner mappers and those interested in learning about mapping we will bring you some background basics to orienteering mapping including what makes a good orienteering map, symbol key & mapping specs and how to understand the differences between mappable features which can be regarded as fixed (e.g., roads, buildings, and anything visible to satellite imagery) and the more subjective aspects (e.g., vegetation and complex landforms).

A practical demonstration of the methodology of updating/improving an existing map will also be provided.

Martin Bagness (Warrior Orienteering Club) and Ian Cooper (South Yorkshire Orienteers) will join us to present content and we will also be joined by other experienced mapper panellists including Rod Postlethwaite (Wrekin Orienteers), Terry Smith (Southampton Orienteering Club) and David Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) ready and waiting to answer any questions so if you would like to learn more or get a feel for some of the concepts involved in mapping then this is the webinar for you.

Register here.


Mapping Webinar – Part 2: An introduction to surveying & creating base maps

Tuesday 4 May (7.30 - 8.45pm)

This informative webinar will provide introductions to setting up a map, from selecting the area to generating a base map as well as the basics of contours and georeferencing. The main content of this session will be introducing the various products and packages available for you for creating base maps.

For example, Ben Mitchell (Swansea Bay Orienteering Club) will bring us an introduction to OCAD, and Martin Hore (Suffolk Orienteering Club) will give us an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper / LiDAR and other sources.

John Moody (Cornwall Orienteering Club) and Simon Starkey (Leicestershire Orienteering Club) who have experience in using QGIS, a freeware geographical information system will also join us to provide some helpful examples of how this tool is useful for example for contour information, vegetation, and small features.

Georeferencing older maps so they can be used for virtual orienteering as well as creation of georeferenced photos using SASPlanet examples will also be provided.

Register here


So, if you want to whet your appetite for all things orienteering mapping, ask questions to our experienced mappers or indeed help us share knowledge then please do join us and register for these live webinars. All attendees will also be sent follow up useful resources, guidance, and documents to help them continue to learn following the introductions provided in these sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there!