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Share  Tweet Tuesday 26th October 2021

British Orienteering Seeks a Performance Pathway Director

British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for orienteering in the UK. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering medal-winning performances that promote the long-term development of talented juniors and supports the aspirations of our best international athletes with an embedded culture where athletes are treated with respect and care and enabled to flourish in their time in the programme and beyond.

In 2024 the World Sprint Orienteering Championships will be held in Edinburgh where Great Britain have a realistic opportunity for medal-winning performances.

In recent years, the athletes have delivered outstanding success at the World and Junior Championships. Such results have been a wonderful reward for the immense amount of effort our athletes have put in over the last few years where the level of disruption to their preparation has been unprecedented.

An exciting opportunity now exists to join British Orienteering’s Performance Pathway Programme as its new Performance Director.

The role will suit a values-driven people person with experience of involvement in world-class performance programmes and outstanding leadership credentials. The right person will identify with the current strategy and ways of working but will bring their own experiences to enable it to evolve towards even greater achievement. The nature of the role will require evening and weekend working and occasional travel. Informal enquiries can be made to Bob Dredge, email:

A detailed Information Pack can be downloaded from here.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a covering letter and a CV to Rachael Handley at:

The closing date is 19 November 2021.

British Orienteering positively seeks to achieve diversity in its workforce and applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality are welcomed and encouraged.

Share  Tweet Thursday 25th November 2021

This weekend is the penultimate race of the UK Orienteering League season

Update by Martin Ward, British Orienteering UKOL Coordinator.

This weekend sees North Gloucester (NGOC) hosting the British Night Orienteering Championships at Cleeve Hill.  This is race 15 in the 2021 season, and with a total of eight scores to count in the league, it will be decisive in some age categories in determining who comes out as the UK Orienteering League champion.

The terrain at Cleeve Hill is described by the planner as "mainly open, runnable grassland, with steep crags on its Western escarpment, together with areas of scattered gorse, and complex old quarry workings".  The longest course for M21 competitors has over 11km and 400m of climbing, but could still be won in around 60-65 minutes.  Across all the age categories over 300 people will compete.

In the UK Orienteering League (UKOL) Club Competition, Bristol (BOK) has now taken a lead on 4,508 points, ahead of South Yorkshire (SYO) on 4,381 and Forth Valley (FVO) on 4,156.  With the final two UKOL races being in the south of the UK, those look set to remain the final club league positions unless there is an unexpected turnaround.

There is currently just one competitor with the "perfect score" of 400 points for eight wins - well done Kirsten Strain (W35, AROS)! In the M85 category, John Thompson of TVOC has 399 points, so just one more win for John would see him match Kirsten's score.

The final UKOL race of the season is also fast approaching and will be hosted by Mole Valley (MVOC) on South Ashdown on 12 December.  It's also the Southern Championships, so should see a high level of entries.

As we reach the end of the 2021 season, which was shortened due to a late start caused by Covid, I'd like to thank all the clubs and volunteers that have supported the UK Orienteering League by hosting the events at which the races have been held.

The 2022 UKOL season races will be confirmed and published very soon.

Share  Tweet Thursday 25th November 2021

JK 2022 on SiEntries

Update report by Andy Yeates, JK 2022 Coordinator 

Andy Yeates, JK 2022 Coordinator, says:  "The past few weeks have been fraught.  We finally gave up on Merthyr Mawr as a viable option when we were refused permission to park next to the area.  This marked the fifth area we tried for, but couldn’t get permission for. Clydach Terrace was suggested as a replacement and the Day 2 Officials sprang into action and very quickly put together a plan for holding Day 2 there.  It looks like there will have to be a short bus ride, but we are now back on track."  

Areas for the JK 2022 are now:

Day 1 – Swansea University (Sprint)

Day 2 – Clydach Terrace (Middle)

Day 3 – Pwll Du (Long)

Day 4 – Caerwent (Relay)

Entries will open on 5 December 2021 via SiEntries here and information for the JK 2022 website will be updated as soon as possible here.


Andy Yeates, continues:  "The Welsh Orienteering Association is very proud to be delivering JK 2022. However, we are well aware it is a major undertaking for any region, and particularly so for us with one of the smallest regional memberships in the country. To deliver a successful event we expect to need the majority of members in our own clubs to help out (on multiple days), but also depend on some volunteers from outside the region to offer support on a day."

Being a volunteer at a major event like the JK brings many benefits:

  • £5 meal/traders voucher for each day/shift you work (2 hours or more).
  • Chance to help stage a premier UK event and learn how it all fits together - especially for future major event organisers.
  • Be part of a team, make new friends, meet other orienteers from around the UK.

If you are able to help in any capacity, please indicate which days you are willing to help when you enter via SiEntries.  Thank you.


Share  Tweet Friday 19th November 2021

British Orienteering is delighted to have been a supporting partner of the latest Women's Sporting Journeys research

New research identifies opportunities to support 8.3m women in England when they take a break from sport.

A fresh report has found that 48% of women take breaks from and return to their sport. This means that potentially 8.3 million women are likely to take a break from their main sport at some point in their sporting journey.

If sports can better support women in taking fewer and shorter breaks, they can significantly help more women remain engaged in sport.

The research is the brainchild of Sports Marketing Surveys, which has been providing cutting-edge data and insight to the sports and leisure industry since 1984. The full report, which covers women taking part in a wide range of sports across England, is available as a free download from Sports Marketing Surveys’ Online Research Store.

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Insights include how women’s experiences of different sports change through education as well as at key stages of adulthood. It compares activity frequency over time, the main motivations for engaging with sports at different ages, and barriers that resulted in less frequent or lapsed participation at particular points in life. In this way, the study identifies high-risk age categories at which participants are most likely to drop out of sport, as well as prime ages to return. These insights can be transformed into new initiatives and pricing strategies to help keep women active and involved in a range of sports.

One of the most striking findings at an overall level was that maternity, although clearly a major factor, cannot be a scapegoat for the imbalances in the number of women playing sport throughout adulthood. Instead, with many women citing a lack of time for a number of reasons, the report argues that it is the value of sport which needs to be reframed, as something that is a guilt-free, valuable activity that can help women’s mental and physical health in a huge variety of ways.

Hannah Sprake, who led the launch of the Sporting Journeys programme added: “This research reinforces the importance of recognising that not all sporting journeys are linear. Many are squiggly or interrupted, and one thing that is clear is that sports bodies can play a key role in supporting women to navigate their own sporting journeys. They can provide a compassionate environment, help women to conquer confidence gremlins, and challenge embedded societal assumptions to normalise squiggly sporting journeys. Sports can become activities for life because while every woman’s sporting journey is different, every woman’s life can be enriched by sport.”

The report also segments key life stages where new strategies are particularly vital. 36-55 in particular is an age where many women stop playing sport, but many others return to sports. The report, therefore, examines how cries like “I wish I’d returned sooner” could be replaced with programmes that enable people to “come back as soon as I was ready.”

To that end, the report identifies strategies that sports providers can put in place. In particular, it suggests:

  • Ways to create compassionate environments.
  • Ways to maintain the quality of activities and competitions at all levels.
  • Ways to recognise the lifetime value of participants.
  • Ways to make women feel that sport is for people like them.

As Sue Anstiss MBE, SMS’ special advisor for women’s sport, writes in the foreword to the report.

“There’s so much in this report that resonated with me – both professionally and personally – and I know that the findings will provide a fascinating insight for all those driving sports participation for women and girls. What I was particularly excited to see was that the research highlights the enormous positive impact of providing compassionate, welcoming environments and showcasing women of all ages and backgrounds participating. This and other results are going to be hugely significant for many sports bodies.”

Download free report now

To contact Sports Marketing Surveys about understanding sporting journeys and the value of grassroots sport, please contact:

Sue Anstiss’ book, Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport is now available for preorder now in hardback or as an ebook.