Orienteering Foundation Newsletter June 2015

Our June 2015 newsletter to donors and supporters.


This is the newsletter for donors and supporters of the Orienteering Foundation.

We intend to publish similar newsletters at least twice a year to keep you informed about the Orienteering Foundation and recent developments in its work.

Please let us know if you find it useful to be kept up-to-date or if you have suggestions for future content of the newsletters.

This issue contains the following items:

  1. Change of Orienteering Foundation Chair
  2. Orienteering Foundation's status and objectives
  3. Trustee recruitment
  4. Recent Orienteering Foundation grants and feedback from recipients
  5. Contacting Orienteering Foundation

1.  Change of Orienteering Foundation Chair

Peter Christopher has stepped down as Chair of Orienteering Foundation, saying that he no longer felt he could do as good a job as he wished as he was not attending and participating in orienteering events as much as before.  The other Trustees thanked Peter for the great work he has done in getting Orienteering Foundation firmly established and setting up a process to obtain donations from individuals who support the Charity's aims.  A new Chair will be elected at the Trustees' meeting this coming September.

2.  Orienteering Foundation's status and objectives

The Orienteering Foundation is a registered Charity (No. 1118793), independent of British Orienteering,  with its stated objectives of distributing its income in the following ways:

  • providing facilities, access and opportunities within the community to encourage and promote orienteering;
  • providing capital and revenue support to increase and sustain participation in orienteering;
  • strengthening the links between orienteering and the community and to harness the potential of orienteering as a force for good in the community and society as a whole.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently Duncan Archer, Neil Cameron, Pauline Olivant and Sue Bett.   Viv Macdonald acts as a part-time administrator supporting the Board.

3.  Trustee recruitment

The Board is actively recruiting new Trustees at the moment – the attached advert has been sent to Clubs and Associations for inclusion in their newsletters and/or on their websites.

4.  Recent Orienteering Foundation grants and feedback from recipients

During 2014 and 2015 the Orienteering Foundation has given the following grants:

Group or organisation Project description Key benefits funded
West Midlands OA Training trip to Sweden To fund coaches
Junior Regional O Squads Training camp to Lagganlia To support two junior coaches and their development
England Junior team Taking part in the World Schools Champs in Turkey To cover some of the exceptional expenses

Juniors Regional O Squads

Summer training camp in Scotland To fund the coaches and lead towards their qualifying
Scottish Schools Association Training camp in Lagganlia Training prior to taking the squad to the World Schools Champs

Quotes from two of the JROS coaches who benefited  from the grants:

I really enjoyed coaching on Lagganlia.  Previously the only coaching I had done was with very inexperienced juniors in my school and club so getting the chance to coach juniors at a TD5 level was much more interesting.  As it was a new experience for me I learnt a lot from the more experienced coaches and with so many coaches I could observe lots of different coaching styles/methods.  Coaching on Lagganlia has made me want to do lots more coaching in the future.  If my expenses had not been paid I might not have attended the camp because I had a lot of competitions and training camps over the summer which all cost quite a lot!  I would definitely like to come again next year


I really appreciated my trip to Norway this summer. It gave me an insight to coaching and I have decided to get some coaching qualifications during my placement year next year. I also got the chance to do some of my own training and to improve on my own orienteering.  I fully recommend to juniors to volunteer on future trips.

5.  Contacting Orienteering Foundation

You can contact the OF by e-mailing .

There is a web site - www.orienteeringfoundation.org.uk -  but a total refresh is under development for launch in the autumn of 2015.

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