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Tweet Tuesday 27th April 2021

Job Vacancy - Access and Environmental Officer

British Orienteering is creating an exciting new role to address the increasing environmental, economic and regulatory challenges we face in securing access to the countryside for orienteering. This new position will be part-time for three days per week and can be carried out remotely or at British Orienteering’s National Office in Matlock. 

You will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the sport of orienteering. You will have a professional understanding of the importance of access to the countryside, with relevant technical, legal and environmental knowledge, and experience of putting this knowledge into practice. 

You will not be afraid to experiment and will develop new initiatives in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners, environmental organisations, other NGBs, and voluntary and special interest groups. The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the aim of providing a modern, responsive and effective service delivering good quality access to the countryside for the sport including clubs and associations. 

This is a demanding, varied and rewarding role. If you are committed to the positive benefits of sport and access to the outdoors, as well as to promoting sustainable and responsible use of the countryside, we would like to hear from you. 

Access and Environmental Officer - Job Description

To apply, please complete and return the documents below to: 


Closing date: Sunday 16 May 2021
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 11th May 2021

Calling all teachers! WOW! ONE week to go until 2021 World Orienteering Day!

The aim of the project is to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Orienteering Federations (in which Government restrictions allow), helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

In May 2021, between the dates May 19th and May 25th and September 8th and September 14th, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.  

Here in the UK, we are celebrating the re-starting of the sport of Orienteering!  As Government restrictions are starting to ease and pupils have returned to school - now is a great time to be taking part in an orienteering activity within your school and registering your event on the world map.

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering, comments:

"World Orienteering Day starts on the 19th of May.  However, this year for World Orienteering Day the International Orienteering Federation has published two different weeks - one to take place in May 2021 and the other in September 2021.  You can choose to take part in the week that suits your school the best - or better still in both!  The International Orienteering Federation have again stated that clubs and schools can organise an orienteering activity or event during the time periods of 19th - 25th of May and 8th - 14th September can be registered it as a WOD-event.  There is still time to pre-register a World Orienteering Day event for 2021.

Here at British Orienteering for World Orienteering Day 2021 we have designed a brand new Free Orienteering Exercise Lesson Plan for School Teachers and Youth Leaders to download and use.  There are also other Lesson Plans and free resources available to download to help support with orienteering activities. The Lesson Plans just take 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to carry out. 

There are also a wide range of event and promotional materials on the International Orienteering Federations (IOF's) World Orienteering Day website such as flyers, posters, certificates, start cards and banners which are also free to download and use throughout the week.

Thank you for your contribution to the sport of orienteering! We look forward to seeing your school as well as UK clubs up on the world map soon."


Get your club and school on the World Map! 
Don't forget to register your World Orienteering Day events for 2021 here.  

Find out more and download British Orienteering School and Youth Leader FREE resources here.  

Download free IOF World Orienteering Day resources and find out more:

IOF's World Map - register your event on the World Map!
Calling all teachers and Youth Leaders
Just 30 minutes prep time
Start Card
Free Resource Pack - everything you need!

Tell us how you get on!   
Send details of how you, your club or school have taken part in World Orienteering Day.  What did you enjoy the most?

Send a brief overview with photos which British Orienteering can publish on the website.  Email:


Tweet Monday 3rd May 2021

Fermanagh Orienteers (FERMO) putting their best FOOT forward!

Seven months of adventurous orienteering challenges across Fermanagh Omagh supported by Fermanagh Omagh District Council.

Councillor Diana Armstrong, Chair Fermanagh, and Omagh District Council, comments:  
"The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged us to look at innovative ways of delivering programmes and the Fermanagh and Omagh Orienteering Trails (FOOT) series is an excellent way of affording people the opportunity of discovering some of the wonderful orienteering courses which the district possesses in a safe, socially distanced manner while remaining local.

The FOOT series is a wonderful initiative and Fermanagh, and Omagh District Council is delighted to be supporting Fermanagh Orienteers and British Orienteering in this ambitious programme.”

The FOOT Series is a FREE exciting adventure programme across the Fermanagh Omagh Council Area. This is DIY Orienteering, making good use of MapRun – all you need is your smart phone, an orienteering map, and a sense of adventure! Participants register via Fermanagh Orienteers website ( and each month they receive two courses to complete in their own time and pace that month.

The programme launched on the 1st April and will continue right through to the end of October! To date, Fermanagh Orienteers (FERMO) have had 1197 people register for the programme. There is also a photo competition running which has been a super way for the cub to connect with participants and created a buzz on social media which can often be difficult with virtual programmes like this.

Raymond Finlay, stalwart of FERMO says:
“At FERMO, somewhat enviously, we learned of the popularity of a MapRun initiative promoted through social media and aimed at newcomer families and individuals over in the East of the province. This had been instigated by our part-time British Orienteering / Northern Ireland Orienteering Association Development Officers Juls Hanvey and Ric Gamble. So, when Juls contacted us and suggested we try something similar in our area of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council we jumped at it; the FOOT (Fermanagh Omagh Orienteering Trails) initiative began. Because the scheme was local and COVID compliant the Council quickly came on board and offered us funding towards upgrading and geo-referencing the series of maps needed. It was this aspect which has proven particularly challenging for our very small club which has no OCAD proficient mappers and very limited MapRun experience. The learning curve has been steep for the three club members, Robbie Teresa and myself (all retired!), who volunteered to set the scheme in motion. Webinars have been watched (it’s still not as simple as those competent and proficient people make it look!); maps are being brought up to date (and boy did some of them need it!); check sites are being visited to ensure phones can get a signal. One major difference between the FOOT and the scheme over in the East, serviced by Lagan Valley Orienteers (LVO), is that theirs seem mostly urban or town parks; ours are more rural and woodland settings across our extensive district council area; something which appealed to the council’s aims of encouraging its population to exercise outside getting to know the beautiful places within the district.”

Juls Hanvey Sporting Clubs Coordinator NI, says:
It has been amazing to see the interest from the people of Fermanagh Omagh to get out and explore the beautiful place they call home. We are very grateful for the support of Fermanagh Omagh District Council in getting this programme up and running! FERMO is a small club with huge heart and thanks to the dedicated and highly skilled club members the residents of Fermanagh Omagh now have accessible opportunities for adventure. We hope to see a transfer into club activities and events through the FOOT Series.”

To keep up to date with The FOOT Series head over to the Fermanagh Orienteers Facebook page for all the updates:



Celebrating the re-start of orienteering across all nations!
What orienteering activities or events has your club already put on?  What is your club planning to do next?
Have you recently attended a re-start event?  How did you find it?
Have you enjoyed a new Permanent or Virtual Orienteering Course as an alternative route to your usual walk or jog?

British Orienteering wants to hear from clubs as well as individuals, families and schools who are enjoying getting back to orienteering again. Let's join together and celebrate the return of our fantastic sport by sharing our orienteering experiences with each other. 

Please send your orienteering news, snippets, and photos to: 












To view the current British Orienteering Guidance visit: