Lochaber Orienteering Development

Outdoor Capital

We are pleased to announce a grant towards orienteering development in the Lochaber area, capitalising on the forthcoming Scottish 6 Days

Currently there is no orienteering club in or near Fort William, the event centre for the 2021 Scottish 6-days, with the nearest clubs (EckO and BASOC) both based some 50 miles distant. As the outdoor capital of the UK and a place where hill running is already a popular sport, it is anticipated that there could be significant interest in orienteering. The 6-day event offers a strong hook to try and grow the sport in the area. Furthermore, there has been a notable increase in interest in orienteering, from schools especially, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The objective of this project is to offer opportunities for members of the local community, and especially school children, to try orienteering ahead of the event. The Lochaber Active Schools Co-ordinator will work with the SOA development team to introduce orienteering to schools, including training teachers to be able to deliver activities in school time, and facilitating further opportunities for primary aged children to participate in orienteering out of school.

The project has goals including:

We look forward to seeing the project delivered, and sincerely hope the Lochabar 2021 6-days is able to go ahead, to help stimulate interest in orienteering in the area.

Last updated: Sat 14 Jan 2023