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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 Monday 20th September 2021

CIMSPA and Sport England Launch Free Digital Marketing Hub

CIMSPA with Sport England have launched a new digital marketing hub providing free resources to help boost sport and physical activity.

The new resource will help sports clubs, groups and larger organisations use digital marketing to encourage more people to be physically active.

It contains a wealth of resources including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs.

Find out more here.

Tweet Monday 20th September 2021

Great Britain set to compete at the Euromeeting in Switzerland this weekend

The Euromeeting is being held in Switzerland this weekend with the Middle distance race on Saturday 25 September followed by the Long distance race on Sunday 26 September, both races are in Alpine terrain predominantly at over 2000m altitude.

The GB athletes selected are:



Joshua Dudley

Fiona Bunn

Matthew Gooch

Eilidh Campbell

Flurry Grierson

Mairi Eades

Hector Haines

Laura King

Peter Molloy

Grace Molloy

Alasdair Pedley

Jo Shepherd

Chris Smithard


Alastair Thomas


Joe Woodley


Some of the athletes (Joshua Dudley, Hector Haines, Chris Smithard, Alastair Thomas, Fiona Bunn, Laura King, Grace Molloy and Jo Shepherd), will be travelling onto Italy to compete in the Orienteering World Cup final the following weekend. 

Congratulations to all athletes selected.

British Orienteering wishes the GB team all the best with their final preparations as they get ready to compete in this international competitions. 

Tweet Friday 10th September 2021

Calling orienteers and clubs! Nominations for ‘prestigious’ coaching awards close shortly - have you nominated your coach?

  • Nominations for the 24th UK Coaching Awards are now open
  • UK Coaching is encouraging the British public to nominate a coach as part of its Great Coaching Comeback campaign

This is a perfect opportunity to recognise your individual and/or club orienteering coaches across the UK, especially against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, be quick as public nominations close at 10:00 on Monday 13 September 2021.

Hosted by UK Coaching, the highly regarded awards showcase the diverse work of coaches from all walks of life, helping people improve their well-being and activity levels.

Nominate your orienteering coach today! 

This year, the lead charitable organisation for sports and physical activity coaches launched its Great Coaching Comeback campaign, which is helping to galvanise the nation’s coaching workforce to reinvent, recover and return to coaching following the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

New statistics released by UK Coaching show that the role that coaches play in inspiring people to be active will become increasingly significant as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, with 72% of the British public saying that coaches and instructors will be important in supporting and encouraging people to get back into physical activity after the pandemic.

The vital work that coaches deliver is also being understood and appreciated more than ever, with over two thirds (69%) of the nation believing it is important for society to value the role that coaches and instructors play in keeping local communities active.

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon, said:

“Our prestigious awards have been designed to ensure all coaches who give so much, from grassroots to the global stage, are recognised. Despite the uncertainties through the last year, cancelled events and postponed competitions, we have still heard, read and seen examples of great coaching – essential to supporting healthier and happier communities.

“Great coaching not only enhances sporting experiences but increases and sustains lifelong active lifestyles too – in turn bringing enormous health and well-being benefits. Coaches have had to work harder than ever to enable children, young people, adults, and elite athletes to follow their dreams, have fun and fulfil their potential, and that’s been no mean feat in the midst of a pandemic.

“We would like the public to support the Great Coaching Comeback campaign by giving kudos to coaches, who have transformed lives and inspired communities throughout this challenging period. Celebrate your coach by nominating them for a UK Coaching Award.”

Overall, there are 11 award categories, eight for coaches and three in support of coaches. All honour #GreatCoaching and truly celebrate coaches and organisations that make a difference.

Make your coach feel special, nominate them for the UK Coaching Awards.

The Awards for Coaches are given to individual coaches who have excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area, or to an individual and/or group over the last 12 months. Collectively, they are:

  • Community Coach of the Year – Children and Young People
  • Community Coach of the Year – Adults
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award*
  • And the Coaching Chain*, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping achieve their potential.

*These award categories are not open for public nominations. 

The Awards in Support of Coaches recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify, and/or deploy coaches effectively in the UK. Collectively, they are:

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award

Public nominations for the awards will close at 10:00 on the 13 September and what follows is a rigorous, independent and impartial judging process. To ensure welfare is at the heart of the UK Coaching Awards, UK Coaching has a strict set of guidelines and criteria, through which an independent judging panel select the finalists. All finalists are asked to sign and adhere to the UK Coaching Code of Conduct. All nomination information is treated as confidential until shortlists and winners are announced.

For the Awards, UK Coaching uses the broad definition of coaching and welcomes nominations on behalf of coaches, instructors, leaders, teachers, trainers and others who support people to achieve their sport and activity goals.


Nominate a coach for an award.