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Orienteering at University

Join a club or start your own!

Check out events, awards and funding opportunities available for University clubs. 

Start Your Own Club

Are you thinking of starting up your own Orienteering club at your university? There are plenty of resources and support to help you set up your own club successfully! Click here to go to our 'Start Your Own Club' page that contains a how-to, information on affiliating with British Orienteering and further links.

Current Clubs

University Orienteering Clubs are a great place to continue involvement in the sport. University Orienteering clubs typically hold weekly training sessions, travel out to local events and compete at the annual British University Championships. Club size varies across the board, but as with any club, it is what you make of it! There are a number of Universities with Orienteering clubs and groups - click here to see the full list.

Events for Universities

Find events near you using the interactive map or checking British Orienteering's event diary. Below are the events that are especially important for Universities. 

BUCS Relay 2019, Scotland

Autumn Training Weekend

The Autumn Training Weekend is a package training camp for Universities, delivered by British Orienteering. It consists of three different training areas in the Lake District, two nights of accommodation and a social night, aimed at Universities. It is run in conjunction with Junior Regional Orienteering Squad's Hawkshead weekend, during 22nd-24th November. It is a fantastic opportunity to train on high quality, Lakeland terrain and meet other University clubs while not having to stress about accommodation, land access and course settings. Click here for the Facebook page for the event.

British Universities Championships (BUCS)
The BUCS Orienteering weekend consists of a major two-day championship, offering male and female championships, along with relay championships. The event caters for competitors of all abilities with different length and difficulty courses offered for the less experienced participants.



English Universities Cup                                                                                               

Currently unconfirmed.

World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC)
The World University Championships are for national representative teams (GB & NI) and are held every two years in various countries across the world. The representative university for Britain is selected from BUCS.
WUOC 2019


As a university club, you are eligible for the University Club of the Year award as well as the Club of the Year award. See here for the nomination forms and details on how to enter. 

Funding Opportunities

The Orienteering Foundation is always interested in funding a specific project if it fits their criteria. They review grant applications four times a year so make sure you time your application right! Deadlines for submission are 31st March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. 

There is also an opportunity for funding from British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Active funding. It may also be worth getting in touch with your local sports shops for discounts on equipment.

Other Useful Links

Resource Link
Training https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/coach_resources
Organising an event https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/organiser_library
Find your local club https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/find_a_club
Advertising  https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/publicity
PR https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/generating_pr
Mapping https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/mapping_resources
Webinars https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/webinars