The UK's charity to promote innovation and to support people and projects in orienteering through fund-raising activities.
The Orienteering Foundation is a registered charity, independent of British Orienteering. It was set up with money from a bequest from Bertie & Elsie Ward, and is now raising further funds, and awarding grants. The objectives are to promote the sport of orienteering in the UK through enhancement, innovation, and alleviation of hardship.
The Orienteering Foundation is built on your generosity. We welcome all donations, no matter how large or small, and there are many ways you can contribute. See the Donate page.
Many grants have been made, for example supporting national teams at the World Schools Championships, regional squads training at home and abroad, and enhancing the Junior Home Internationals. There has been a historical focus on juniors, but we welcome grant applications for any UK projects that meet our objectives. See the Apply for Funding page.
It is just over 13 years now since Peter Palmer left us. For many orienteers, his name is synonymous with the annual Junior Team Relay. But who was he and why was he so important to Orienteering in Britain?
In his remaining years he penned an autobiography which his son, Stephen Palmer, recently found again and has generously agreed to offer it in return for donations to the Orienteering Foundation.
We are pleased to report on two grants that were awarded in October 2016.
Alan Brown of North Gloucester Orienteering Club (NGOC) has undertaken an epic walk around the coastline of mainland Britain in stages between 2008 and 2016. He has written a book about his exploits titled "A Walk Round the Coastline of Great Britain", and has generously agreed to offer it in return for donations to the Orienteering Foundation.
The Orienteering Foundation's annual report for calendar year 2015 has now been published PDF.
Report on coach development, part funded by the Orienteering Foundation, at the JROS training camp at Lagganlia this summer.