The goals of World Orienteering Day are about increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in school orienteering activities, as well as club orienteering activities in all countries of all National Federations. It is also about helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.
Each World Orienteering Day event gives those new to orienteering the possibility to try our amazing sport!
The dates for World Orienteering Day 2022 are between the 11th and the 17th of May, and any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.
Find out more here.
We can’t believe it! We are halfway through the Development Conference already.
This week British Orienteering was delighted to put on three more diverse sessions.
On Monday, Neil Cameron from The Orienteering Foundation presented the Retaining Beginner Orienteers session using key points from their Newcomers Retention Project. This project looked at the welcome newcomers get through club websites – how they look and how user-friendly they are for a newcomer to navigate through. The importance of knowing the demographic your club wishes to attract and putting things in place to practically extend a warm welcome was emphasised.
Supporting Club Development through the employment of a Club Development Officer was the focus on Tuesday evening. Andrew Evans opened the session by presenting how The Orienteering Foundation supports clubs through funding development initiatives. Caroline Mackenzie, from a club committee perspective, then talked about how Cleveland Orienteering Klub shaped a plan and recruited a Club Development Officer. Mary Fleming then finished the session by sharing some of the development work, including ‘Couch2Green’, she has been working on at Cleveland Orienteering Klub since her appointment. The Orienteering Foundation, with the support of British Orienteering, would love to see clubs apply for funding for future development projects.
The topic on Wednesday was Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective. We were delighted to invite Richard Burke and Leanne Sargeant from Forestry England. Richard is involved in Recreation Management and Leanne is an Ecologist, responsible for managing the issues in forests in Southern England, including the unique habitat of the New Forest. The session gave us an appreciation of the balance between encouraging recreation and ensuring Conservation and Biodiversity.
There are still four more Development Conference sessions available to book on to.
|Monday 24 January||WOC 2024 Development Opportunities||Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association|
|Thursday 27 January||Women’s Sporting Journeys||Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys|
|Tuesday 1 February||Safeguarding||Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering|
|Wednesday 2 February||Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session||Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association|
To find out more information and to register click here.
British Orienteering is proud to announce a review of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre Scheme.
This review aims to cover the process, structure, benefits, and purpose of the accreditation. The objectives are to seek insight from all stakeholders, act on the insight received and ensure compatibility with the Strategic plan 2022-2027.
British Orienteering wants to seek the views and thoughts from all outdoor centre and activity providers to help support the Recognised Centre Accreditation (the kitemark for delivering Orienteering) going forwards.
Please find the link to the online questionnaire here.
The questionnaire should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support. Your feedback is important to us.
Why not work off the Christmas turkey and pud on a Permanent or Virtual (GPS/Smartphone) Orienteering Course during the festive season?
Whether you are visiting family, friends, or staying at home find a Permanent Orienteering Course near you and explore somewhere different. Just download a map and enjoy a family adventure together this festive season.
A Permanent Orienteering Course is the perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial. The combination of physical and mental exercise often in stunning locations is like no other, as you can find, navigate and complete courses at any time, at your own pace.
Your mission is to reach checkpoints or 'controls' marked on a special orienteering map, and the skill and fun come from trying to find the best route to take. There are courses ideal for beginners as well as for the more experienced. Go in your time, Go at your pace, Go discover a whole new world of adventure in parks, green spaces, and urban areas across the UK, and GoOrienteering!
Some Permanent Orienteering Courses also have QR codes on the markers and have also been set up as virtual courses, which used together with a downloadable app on a smartphone, can produce timings and course results which you can upload later.
This video introduces how to use a Permanent Orienteering Course, and shows you some handy tips on getting started.
You just need to download a map using our handy course finder to get you started!
If you enjoy Permanent Orienteering Courses, you may want to try a local club event, where electronic controls are placed out on individual, unique courses (from easy to hard) – find out more about your local club and Orienteering events here.
Tell us about your outdoor adventure. We want to hear from all those taking part in Go Orienteering this festive season. Don't forget to take photos and share them on the British Orienteering’s Facebook page and Twitter account or email: firstname.lastname@example.org