World Orienteering Week 2019

Welcome to World Orienteering Week:  15 - 21 May

World Orienteering Week is set to sees thousands of orienteering events taking place across the world!  Organised by the International Orienteering Federation all countries across the world are encouraged to put on or take part in orienteering activities and events during the week 15 – 21 May 2019. 

Here in the UK, there are a wide range of orienteering activities and events set to take place throughout the week with the aim of celebrating the sport of orienteering.  Local orienteering clubs, schools and community groups across the UK are encouraging newcomers to “have a go!” and try the sport of orienteering.  

The events are taking place in cities, parks, forests and in school playgrounds, office grounds and people of all ages are encouraged to take part. 

For Primary School Teachers and Youth Leaders

The aim is to have 500,000 people take part in orienteering during that week across the world. Orienteering is a sport that keeps you fit, challenges the mind, and is lots of fun!

Join in by organising a simple orienteering activity for your school or youth group.

You can participate in World Orienteering Week by following and completing these three easy steps:

  • Pre-register your school name and activity in the World Orienteering Week global database here.   
  • Download your FREE Primary School Teacher and Youth Leader Resource Pack here.
  • Carry out the exercise during school lesson or activity time.  It will take just 30 minutes to prepare and 30 mins to carry out.

There is also a wide range of other FREE resources available from the official International Federation of Orienteering (IOF) World Orienteering Day website to download for your schools to use throughout the week.  You can access these resources here.

Karin Kirk, Publicity Officer and Schools Liaison at Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club, says:
Nearly 200,000 participants from 64 countries at 1,121 events were attended on World Orienteering Day last year. Octavian Droobers had a most successful event at Kenilworth, in Abbey Fields Park and around the town. 113 participants plus many friends and families had a great time and organisers, with lots of help from club members, were very pleased with the number of newcomers especially juniors running on the 5 courses.”

Amy Curtis, Club Publicity Officer at Bristol Orienteering Klub, says:
“More than 350 local school children joined Bristol Orienteering Klub at Oldbury Court for coaching and running in the glorious sunshine. We are looking forward to making it even better this year and introducing a whole new group of young people to our exciting sport.”

Mark Edwards, Red Rose Orienteering Club’s Chair and Organiser, says:
“SROC - Red Rose Orienteering Club organised a score event for their local sports partnership. (We had 20 schools take part and a total of 180 children enjoyed the event. Each participant received a certificate which included the World Orienteering Day logo.”

The aim is to get as many people orienteering here in the UK and to help support the “Official International Orienteering Federation Record” which is to get as many people as possible participating in Orienteering across the week.

Local orienteering clubs are encouraging all those people who have already tried orienteering maybe in their school years to come along and have a go. Like-wise these events are a great way to find out more about the sport with the opportunity of been shown how to orienteer and “have a go!” at taking part in simple navigation.


How are you planning to get involved and support World Orienteering Week?

There are plenty of ways to join in with all of the UK Orienteering fun!
Take part in the events that are already planned to take place across the UK.

Check out this list of club activities and events.