We are the Orienteering Foundation, a charity that promotes and supports orienteering, to bring all the benefits this amazing sport has to offer the people of the UK, and to ensure that our sport is here for the enjoyment of generations to come.

But the future of our sport is at risk. Only 10% of our orienteering community is aged between 20-34 and in 2017 nearly 10,000 school children participated in our grassroots schemes. Worryingly despite this good work we are seeing drop out rates of 70-80% in those crucial skill building years of ages 13-21.

And our volunteers are getting tired. Last year there was a 4% drop in the number of events run, but a 7% increase in competitors. The demands outside events also continue to rise. We know people want to participate in our sport but we are in danger of burning out our volunteers.

Technology in the sport provides massive opportunity but we need to invest. We have all seen major changes over the past twenty years with the emergence of electronic punching and tracking systems, mapping software, and online analysis tools.

With your support the Orienteering Foundation works to tackle emerging issues. We currently fund junior programmes, invest in elites, support adult coaching opportunities, support those developing tools and techniques to alleviate volunteer workloads, and sponsor projects which look to exploit new technologies in our sport. With your help we can do more. 

WOC 2024

The Orienteering Foundation is a proud supporter of the World Orienteering Championships 2024 in Edinburgh, where we have agreed a grant towards the printing of the WOC Tour programme.

Tue 21 May 2024Read more…

DVO club development officer update

Last year we awarded DVO a grant to support a club development officer, and Chris Millard was appointed. Read on for Chris's report...

Sun 5 May 2024Read more…

Club development officer awards for CLYDE, INT and LOC

We are delighted to announce *three* awards to support club development officers - with new positions at CLYDE and Interlopers (INT), and an extension for Lakeland (LOC).

Sun 5 May 2024Read more…

LVO Junior and Families Officer

We are pleased to announce a grant to Lagan Valley Orienteers (LVO) towards an orienteering officer who supports attracting and welcoming juniors and families into the club

Sun 5 May 2024Read more…

Belvoir Orienteering Festival grant

We are pleased to announce a grant towards the Belvoir Orienteering Festival in June this year.

Sun 5 May 2024Read more…

Juniors on the Lagganlia 2023 camp

JROS junior coaching support

We are delighted to announce support towards costs for junior coaches attending the Lagganlia junior training camp this summer

Sun 5 May 2024Read more…

Lakeland CDO report

Following a previous grant and report last year, you can read a copy of the recent article in Compass Sport magazine (subscriber here!) about progress with Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) family project which is having great success attracting and retaining families.

Sat 4 May 2024

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