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Share  Tweet Friday 21st January 2022

WOW! World Orienteering Day to take place 11 - 17 May 2022

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

11 - 17 May 2022
Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

Development Conference – Week 2 Summary

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.

Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

British Orienteering Announces Review of Accreditation Scheme

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.

Share  Tweet Tuesday 11th January 2022

The first Christmas Orienteering Cup was enjoyed by many in central Scotland

Report by Chris Smithard member of Forth Valley Orienteers and Organiser/Coordinator, Masterplan Adventure


The first Christmas Orienteering Cup took place over four days of orienteering in central Scotland using a variety of different terrains that attracted people from all over the UK in what is normally a quiet time for the sport.

Day 1 took place at Callendar Park, though as more than one competitor remarked the word 'park' did not do this area justice especially as the courses stayed pretty much in woodland the entire time!

The second day was the area most people had been looking forward to the most - the Trossachs. If you've never heard of the Trossachs before then it's definitely one to add to your bucket list: contours, crags, rocks, and marshes all covered in a gorgeous deciduous woodland. Did we mention the contours?  There's a lot of them which makes the area super tough, the long course was only 4.3km but it took multiple British Champion Graham Gristwood 43 minutes to complete!  Don't let the toughness put you off coming in the future, it really is a magical place!

The western part of the Trossachs map was used for Day 2

After a day off we were back into the Loch Lomond National Park, not so far from the Trossachs with a trip to South Achray.  It's a super mixed area: from vague knolls sticking out of the marsh, a steep slope which changes from good visibility to very low visibility, a large rolling open and semi-open area, and finally a small pocket of beautiful oak woodland with a mix of contours and the occasional rock.

For the final day, we headed into Edinburgh for two sprint races: a prologue followed by a chase.  The intricate areas along with Graeme Ackland's planning caught most people by surprise with many people even running the wrong way out of the start on the prologue!  In fact, many people enjoyed the sprint areas as much as the Trossachs.

To find out more and keep up to date on the plans for next Christmas you can sign up to receive news here on the Christmas Cup website.