Training & Support

Live sessions

Find out when sessions are running and catch up on-line. 

2022 sees the continuation of the live webinar programme. Most sessions are delivered using the Go To Webinar platform providing easy access for all to view. 

Subjects will be delivered by many different guests drawing on the experience of members from across the country, showing examples of successful club projects and hearing from people outside of orienteering sharing best practice which you could adapt for your club.

You'll need to register using the links below which will provide you with the easy steps to follow at the time of the session. If you miss the session we'll also have details of how to catch up in your own time.

Sharing advice and support.

This page will contain all the dates and live session information as they are confirmed. Each session will last approximately 45/60 minutes and is free to watch.

Upcoming sessions & registration links

Watch this space for more webinars coming soon.

The British Orienteering 2022 Development Conference will be help on line. There are nine Online sessions planned to run throughout the month of January. Full details and registration can be found here. recordings and slides from the sessions can be found below.

Missed any of our webinars?

Follow the links below  (click on the session title) to watch any of the sessions back in your own time.

Development Conference 2022 Session Overview

Engaging and retaining young people

Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

Monday 10 January

The workshop will explore the various pathways that can be used to engage and retain juniors and young people including:

Non-performance-based approaches such as club coaching, STAR awards, area teams, juniors planning and organising workshops and opportunities, Young Leaders Award.

Attendee discussion ideas can be found in the files attached:

Session Recording

Creating a whole club experience

Presenter: Pauline Tryner, SYO

Thursday 13 January

In this session we will be looking at what makes a successful club which is more than just putting on quality events.

Session Recording

Retaining beginner orienteers

Presenter: Neil Cameron, The Orienteering Foundation

Monday 17 January

Neil will present the key points from the Orienteering Foundation’s newcomer retention project, including Good Practice recommendations; results from a survey of club websites’ beginner/newcomer content; and the findings of three “mystery visits” made by beginners to club events.

Session Recording

Supporting club development through the employment of a Club Development Officer

Presenters: Andrew Evans, The Orienteering Foundation and Caroline Mackenzie and Mary Fleming from Cleveland Orienteering Klub

Tuesday 18 January

Andrew would like to explain the help the Orienteering Foundation can offer to support club development; an example of this is the employment of a Club Development Officer (CDO). We will look at CLOK as a case study, Caroline will explain how the club came about shaping a plan and recruiting a CDO, and Mary will set out the ideas and programmes she has recently been involved with. 

 Session Recording

Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective

Presenters: Leanne Sargeant and Richard Burke, Forestry England

Wednesday 19 January

This session will allow clubs the opportunity to look at and understand the land and access issues from the perspective of a landowner and ecologist; in particular the special qualities of the New Forest. It will also look at how Forestry England is planning on managing recreation in the future which will hopefully advise clubs on future event applications.

Session Recording

WOC 2024 Development Opportunities

Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association

Monday 24 January

The workshop will explore ideas for using WOC 2024 as a platform around which to create some specific lead-in opportunities for new participation in orienteering, especially for young people and in a sprint (urban park) setting.

Feedback and input will be sought from clubs and members in relation to some specific ideas that will be outlined ahead of the workshop.

Session Recording

Women’s Sporting Journeys

Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys

Thursday 27 January

Hannah wishes to share with you the ‘Women’s Sporting Journeys: How to keep women engaged in sport throughout their lives’ report.

With a specific focus on Orienteering, we will look at how women’s experiences change through their life stages and identify opportunities to help more women enjoy a longer and more connected sporting journey.

Session Recording


Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering

Tuesday 1 February

This is an opportunity for clubs to look at this area of their governance to ensure there is a sure foundation for the club to be a safe place for its members.

Session Recording

Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session

Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

Wednesday 2 February

The workshop will explore the various pathways that can be used to engage and retain juniors and young people including:

Non-performance-based approaches such as club coaching, STAR awards, area teams, juniors planning and organising workshops and opportunities, Young Leaders Award.

Session Recording

Title & link Session overview

Mapping Webinar - Part 2: An Introduction to surveying and creating base maps

Tuesday 4 May 2021

This webinar is aimed at beginner mappers.

The main content of this session introduces the various products and packages available for you to create base maps. It provides an introduction to setting up a map, from selecting the area to generating a base map as well as the basics of contours and georeferencing.  

Martin Hore (SUFFOC), Simon Starkey (LEI), Ben Mitchell (SBOC) and John Moody (Kerno) all present and share their knowledge and skills using different mapping software, providing an an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper and OCAD. 

QGIS and LiDAR are also demonstrated and other sources discussed.


Mapping Webinar – Part 1: Background Basics 

Tues 20 April 2021 


For beginner mappers and those interested in learning about mapping this session brings you some background basics to Orienteering mapping including what makes a good orienteering map, the methodology of updating/improving an exisiting map and practical demonstrations and exercises.

Martin Bagness (WAROC) and Ian Cooper (SYO) present the content and were also joined by experienced mapper panellists David Olivant (NOC), Rod Postlethwaite (WRE) and chair of map group Terry Smith (SOC).

Getting Started with Orienteering Mapping – An Introduction

Orienteering Mapping – An Introduction to Generalisation


Sharing return to Orienteering club experiences

From experiences of returning to traditional events to virtual leagues - hear about club experiences and get the latest National picture from British Orienteering.  We heard from a selection of club speakers including Jon Eaton (WCOC), Colin Dickson (BAOC), Jason Falconer (WSX), Phill Batts (CLOK), Martyn Roome (SROC). DVO example not featured on the eve is also below.


British Orienteering AGM 2020

Saturday 1st August 2020

This years AGM took place virtually due to the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19. 

Q&A on the Back to Orienteering guidance.

Tuesday 21st July 2020

This session outlines the key points resulting from the published guidance for each nation and took live questions. We hope this session provides the confidence and practical understanding to support clubs as they continue to move forward in planning their return to local level event delivery.


Entries, Booking & Contactless payment systems.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

This session provides a recap of fully integrated entry with payment systems - Fabian, SI, Eventrac etc followed by some excellent examples of individual club booking systems from CLOK, POTOC & HH.  An overview of the most common contactless card payment systems - Izettle vs Sumup vs Square is provided along with a helpful experience of using iZettle from SLOW.  LVO also provide a helpful iZettle user guide handout.


Introduction to the UsynligO Virtual App

Monday 15th July 2020

Simon Bailey from BOK demonstrates how the UsynligO app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions.


Q&A on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Join British Orienteering CEO Peter Hart and the Development team to discuss the Back to Orienteering action plan. Peter and the team answered your questions live and heard your thoughts for how local events and the sport may look when local events and activities resume.

Bitesize Webinar session

Using OCAD for Map Run

In this recorded session, Pat discusses using OCAD with MapRun. Pat provides support for users of the MapRun App on using OCAD maps/exporting courses.


Bitesize Webinar session

Map Run Administration

In this recorded session, Pat follows up his earlier Map Run webinar by explaining the local administration role associated with Map Run.


Open Orienteering Map
Tuesday 19th May 2020

This session sees Oliver O'Brien demonstrating how to use Open Orienteering Map, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as relating its use for creating virtual Orienteering and it's more familiar use in urban/ street orienteering.


How to use the MapRun app for virtual courses Tuesday 12th May 2020

In this webinar Pat demonstrates how the app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions and answers.  


Using Routegadget to set up virtual courses Thursday 8th May 2020 In this webinar, Simon demonstrates how to use Routegadget to set up virtual courses (without SI results), the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as an taking questions to provide further insight into its practicalities.
Getting to know Routegadget Thursday 5th March Simon Errington from Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) presents all about Routegadget. Showing you the basics through to some more advanced techniques.
Organising successful events Thursday 28th November 2019 In this webinar, Helen Errington (HH) unpicks the key functions involved in organising different types of orienteering events event. Throughout the session Helen discusses ways to ensure events are delivered as successfully as possible and considering the criteria by which an event might be considered to be successful relative to its aims.
Top tips for club promotion Thursday 10th October 2019 This short, 20 minute webinar looked at some important tips for promoting your club and event. Looking at how to source the ideal promotional photo, to overlaying the right text and then some key hook words to help sell your event.
University Orienteering - Getting the most from your clubTuesday 10th September 2019 Are you involved in running your University Orienteering Club? Would you like new ideas to grow your club and find out more ways to get out orienteering? Then look no further than our live webinar for University clubs. 
Understanding purple pen Tuesday 23rd July 2019 Simon Errington from Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) provides an insight into understanding purple pen. Showing the basics through to some more advanced techniques. It will be useful to ensure you have Purple Pen downloaded onto your computer to practice afterwards or as you view the session.
Delivering participant focused events
Thursday 27th June 2019

This session drew on current insight to better understanding what makes an excellent experience for participants at local and regional events.

Led by Martin Chester, author of 'Getting Active Outdoors' and former Director of Training at Plas y Brenin, the session looked at the specific needs and expectations of different participant groups. The webinar shared what has been successful in this area and highlight practical ways that events can be adapted and tailored.

This webinar will provide support for those planning and delivering club events and looking for different ways to put the participant at the heart of this process.

Growing your clubs volunteers 23rd May 2019

This session looked at what clubs can do to help increase the numbers of volunteers within your club. Alongside recruitment, there was dicussion looking at how you can both sustain and develop your volunteers.

Jenny Betteridge, Strategic Lead for Volunteer at Sport England joined the session to providing excellent insight, knowledge and experience away from Orienteering which clubs can look to adapt within the sport.

Attracting and retaining juniors 25th April 2019 This webinar shared one club’s experience of planning and implementing a new junior programme. 
SARUM started a successful new junior club in 2017, offering a fun and enjoyable programme for local families. 
Club members recounted how they planned the project, acquired the funding, recruited and retained the families.  
There is also an interview with a mother about her family’s experiences with orienteering as part of a busy life.
Coaching newcomers 28th March 2019 This session shared DVO's experience of running parks series and introducing new families and individuals to our sport. What needs to be in place at the first event and how you might develop this to encourage newcomers into mainstream orienteering and club activities.
Communication social media v traditional methods 14th March 2019 This session discussed the different methods clubs have used to promote themselves and their events. Utilising the experiences of TVOC, there is advice on avenues to try, how to get there and discussing just what it is the club want to achieve and get out of any promotion.
Planning focus 28th February 2019 The session looks at planning, from where to begin, tips and advice as you move forward creating your event. Barry Elkington will lead the session. Barry is an extremely experienced and highly regarded planner. The session is for everyone who is looking to start planning and for those who are experienced and are looking to give advice to others, continue their learning and share ideas. 

To revisit our pilot webinars from 2018, follow the links below;

Coaching for mixed abilities Planning for light green courses Developing your club 

All our sessions and other videos are also available on British Orienteerings YouTube channel

How do the sessions work?

After you've registered, you'll receive a confirmation email with the link you need to follow at the time of the session. Simply click the link at the right time and you're there. 

Each session will be unique to the subject discussed. However, for each one, you'll be able to ask questions throughout through the question or chat functions. In some cases, you'll be able to raise your hand and verbally ask a question. Short polls and multiple choice questions may also feature, providing you with the opportunity to play your part at the click of a button.

How can you get involved?

Should you have a subject you'd like to hear about or would be interested in contributing too or delivering a session, please contact Peter Brooke on