British Orienteering Launches Recognised Centre Scheme

British Orienteering Launches Recognised Centre Scheme to Champion High Quality Orienteering Delivery in the Outdoors

Outdoor Centres that are committed to high quality orienteering delivery can now apply to become a British Orienteering Recognised Centre.

British Orienteering recognise that Outdoor Centres are often responsible for providing people with their first experience of orienteering and the success of this is crucial in determining the likelihood of people trying the sport again.

Each Centre is appointed a highly qualified and experienced advisor who works with them to meet a range of benchmarks which set high standards for the quality of instruction, staff, resources and the effectiveness of their policies and procedures in relation to orienteering delivery.

East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service have recently gained Recognised Centre Status. Senior Instructor Martyn Pegg said

“Gaining Recognised Centre Status from British Orienteering has been a journey of support and continuous improvement. At East Lothian Outdoor Learning we have always valued orienteering and taken pride in its delivery. Knowing that we were going to go through the process of striving to achieve Recognised Centre status meant that we had a positive reason to have a good critical look at our delivery of Orienteering. The whole process enabled us to, with the help of our advisor, further improve our delivery. Having achieved this status has increased the visibility of our quality orienteering provision and has helped us enormously promote quality orienteering to more of our schools.

Recognised Centres are committed to delivering a programme that is tailored to their group’s needs. Whether they are looking to introduce people to orienteering for the first time or if they need to be stretched a bit further on some unfamiliar ground then a Recognised Centre will be able to help them. Look out for the Recognised Centre logo or for more information visit the recognised centre pages on the British Orienteering Web Site or contact driley@britishorienteering.org.uk