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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.

An Overview of Orienteering

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.

Find Orienteering Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

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!

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Xplorer

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

National Governing Bodies

British Orienteering

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

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College is an Outstanding all girls College based in Leicester.

Swallowdale Primary School

Swallowdale Primary School provides children with a varied and carefully planned range of physical activities on a daily basis, allowing them to progress and blossom.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

LOPC provides adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

Partners

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

Partners

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