What is it?
Orienteering is similar to a cross-country race but you navigate using a map instead of following a set course
• An outdoor sport where you navigate at your own pace between control markers on a set course using a special map and sometimes a compass
• A sport recognised by Sports Councils
• A sport enjoyed by people of all ages: 3 - 90
• A sport where we have had two World Champions: Yvette Baker and Jamie Stevenson in recent years
• A sport adopted by 1 in 10 schools in the country to enhance children's experiences of the outdoors
• A sport offered to pupils in 55% of schools in England (DFES survey)
• Each November over 1000 schoolchildren compete at the British Schools Orienteering Championships.
What does it have to offer?
Opportunities for on and off-site experiences (often in beautiful countryside)
• Challenge and adventure
• Competition with yourself and others
• Use of map and compass skills to aid navigation
• Encouragement of decision making
• Healthy exercise for brain as well as body.
How does it fit into school?
The National Curriculum for PE, Geography and Mathematics
• An adventure activity on the doorstep which is cheap to set up and run
• A sport with its own school competitions and championships at every level
• A recreational activity for outdoor activity weekends away.
Why is it fun?
Exploring the countryside
• Knowing where you're going
• Running or walking along grassy forest paths
• Experiencing the thrill of finding the controls
• Reviewing your route decisions with your friends afterwards
• You don't have to take part on your own - two heads sharing the map reading can sometimes be better than one.