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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.

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News stories

BOC / BRC refunds raise over £6000 for JROS

Entrants to the cancelled British Championships weekend have generously donated more than £6000 in refunds to the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS) via the Orienteering Foundation.

08th Feb 21   Read more…


What will you do in 2021?

Are you thinking of a personal challenge in 2021? Why not do it as a fundraiser for the Orienteering Foundation!

07th Feb 21   Read more…


FVO club development officer

We are pleased to award a grant to Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) to help extend their Development Officer role.

06th Feb 21   Read more…


Annual report 2020

Our annual report for 2020 is now available here.

31st Jan 21   Read more…


Andrew Evans takes over as Chair

After 5 years in the role, Neil Cameron (NGOC) has stepped down as Chair of the Orienteering Foundation, and Andrew Evans (DFOK) has taken over.

30th Jan 21   Read more…


Duncan Archer steps down as Trustee

After 6 years in role, Duncan Archer is stepping down as a Trustee, but continuing as an Ambassador of the Orienteering Foundation.

30th Jan 21   Read more…


CLOK Club and Schools Development Officer adverts

We recently announced support for CLOK to contract a Club Development Officer. This position is now being advertised.

30th Jan 21   Read more…


TrailO promotional video

We are pleased to announce support for production of a video describing and promoting TrailO.

30th Jan 21   Read more…


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