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. 

BRC 2024 Men's Premier start

Donations from British Champs

We are delighted to report that nearly £350 was raised as part of British Champs competitors donating when making their entries. We are very grateful for everyone's generosity and the money makes a real difference to the support we can give to those applying to us for funding.

Sun 21 Apr 2024

GBR team coach education update

Last year we made a grant towards coach education for the GBR team (see award article). Here we catch up on how the program is going.

Sun 18 Feb 2024Read more…

GBR team altitude training

In 2023 we gave a grant towards a high altitude training program for athletes preparing for international races. Here we catch up with a review of the program, and hear about plans to continue it into 2024.

Sun 18 Feb 2024Read more…

Annual report 2023

Our annual report for 2023 is now available here.

Sat 10 Feb 2024Read more…

Glasgow University BUCS grant

We are pleased to announce a grant to Glasgow University Orienteering Club towards expenses for the team attending BUCS

Sun 4 Feb 2024Read more…

New CLOK club development officer

We recently extended our grant for CLOK's club development officer into a third year (see award here), and you can read the year two report here. Mary Fleming who used to be the CLOK CDO decided to step down, and CLOK have now appointed a new CDO - Rachel Baker.

Sun 28 Jan 2024Read more…

Moravian club development officer update

Last year we announced an award to Moravian for a club development officer project, that would capitalise on the momentum created by the Moray 2023 Scottish 6 Days (see the award here, also awards for some other CDOs at the same time!). We now bring you a report on the progress with the project.

Sun 21 Jan 2024Read more…

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