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Orienteering

British Orienteering

Contact Name
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Contact Email
info@britishorienteering.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01629 583037

Get Involved

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport, enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, that tests navigational skill and fitness in order to complete a course in the fastest possible time.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.

Benefits

  • Increases fitness levels but also improves special awareness, decision making and navigation skills.
  • Running and walking over uneven terrain also works the whole of your body and improves balance.
  • Most importantly it gets you out in the great outdoors exploring our amazing countryside, giving you the feel-good factor and reducing stress levels.

Involvement

If attending an event for the first time it's best to search for a 'Level D' event, which will be most suitable for beginners and will have experienced orienteers available to help you get started.

Equipment

To get started you just need a pair of trainers, or comfortable shoes if you're not running, and outdoor clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Everything else will be provided at the event.

Facts

  • Orienteering began in Scandinavia in the 19th Century and was primarily a military training event.
  • It was not until 1919 that the modern version of orienteering was created in Sweden by Ernst Killander as a competitive sport.

Campaigns

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

National Programmes

Xplorer

A fun navigation event or challenge, where each participant (or family) is given a map marked with control points.

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Harborough LSA
    Active Leicester
    Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
  • H&B LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
  • County Sport Network
    Blaby LSA
    O&W LSA
    NWL LSA

Partners

  • Sport England
    Harborough LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Safeguarding
    Charnwood LSA
  • NWL LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • H&B LSA
    Active Leicester
  • O&W LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Rutland
    County Sport Network