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Tweet Thursday 15th April 2021

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation: introducing British Orienteering’s new strategy

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation are at the heart of the new British Orienteering Strategy to strengthen the sport in this country. It will allow us to engage with a new generation via a thriving club network.

British Orienteering believes that if we change perceptions about orienteering, improve accessibility and deliver engaging fun experiences, more people will become hooked on the sport.

Once engaged, clear pathways to progress in competitor or volunteering will enable people to enjoy the sport for life.

The four focus areas of the Strategic Plan are:

  • Change the perception.
  • Create engaging experiences.
  • Strengthen lifelong pathways.
  • Provide foundations for success.

Thriving Clubs for a New Generation” will be formally launched at the AGM on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and we will be consulting further with the membership and key stakeholders.

Read the Full Strategy here

Call to Action

British Orienteering is keen to hear from you as we turn Thriving Clubs for a New Generation into reality.

  • How can this strategy benefit your club, new and existing orienteers in your local area?
  • What ideas do you have to support the news strategic priorities?
  • What is working well for you that we could share?
  • Would you be interested to be involved in a focus group?

All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.

Please click here to fill out the survey and help us to collect as many views as possible or send your comments to


Tweet Tuesday 13th April 2021

British Orienteering Roadmap (England)

British Orienteering’s Roadmap for returning to orienteering in England can be found here.

British Orienteering fully understand that clubs need direction and clear guidance from the board at each step, particularly about the restriction on start rates. The Roadmap will help the clubs understand the intention and hopefully assist clubs to plan for larger events. A fully updated operational guidance on orienteering at Step 2 will follow shortly.

In addition to the above-planned changes, we fully understand that for some clubs the biggest challenge will still be access/permissions. Sport England has been working with other bodies responsible for public health to encourage collaboration between local leaders and sports providers to facilitate a safe return to play - this includes the Local Government Association and Public Health England.

The statement can be found here which may be a useful document as a reminder if you are having any local difficulties with the relevant authorities.

British Orienteering Roadmap (England)
Tweet Thursday 22nd April 2021

Steve Cram CBE Elected as British Orienteering's Fifth President

British Orienteering is pleased to announce Steve Cram as British Orienteering's fifth President.

Steve Cram is a British retired track and field athlete and former orienteer.

Along with fellow Britons Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, he was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s. Nicknamed "The Jarrow Arrow", after his home town, Steve set world records in the 1500 m, 2000 m and the mile during a 19-day period in the summer of 1985. He was the first man to run 1500 m under 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He won the 1500 m gold medal at the 1983 World Championships and the 1500 m silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

In 2000, Steve co-founded international children’s charity COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) with British Army Major Jim Panton after running the Bosnia Comrades ultramarathon in 1998. Steve remains chairman of COCO, an organisation which currently provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor, remote parts of East Africa.

In 2008 Steve was appointed Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, replacing Lord Puttnam, and in 2009 was elected as President of Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club.

Steve now works as a television presenter and athletics commentator, motivational speaker and athletics coach.

Steve’s introduction to Orienteering as a teenager seemed like a marriage made in heaven for a map-loving, running enthusiast. He has so many happy memories of belting through forests and across moorland, often recklessly, occasionally with surprising accuracy!

"The thrill of the find always outweighing the sense of bewilderment at my own navigational shortcomings. It also gave me on my mantras I hold to this day….the map is never wrong!"

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!