Author: Sarah Brown
The GB Orienteers are very grateful for the support they receive from clubs and regions.
They also thank the The Orienteering Foundation the UK Charity that promotes the sport of orienteering in the UK through enhancement, innovation, and alleviation of hardship.
They would also like to thank everyone who has given significant help over the years, from family and friends to coaches, companies and many individuals who have donated money.
Many of the athletes do want to be involved in inspiring our juniors to become the best. Individuals in the squad have a wealth of useful experience to pass on, so if there is an opportunity where they can help you, (coaching talks, Q and A, promoting an event) please get in touch.
The funding for this year is outlined below, as is a summary of the funding last year. It is easy to see how the costs add up.
This summer, there will be a short fund-raising campaign to help support the team for this year's World Championships. (Please look out for this announcement in our news.) The Orienteering Foundation have kindly offered to help with this, and will also accept donations specifically to help the squad as a whole.
Before 2017, Team GB had specific funding to help support training for, and competition in, international races including the World Championships (WOC). British Orienteering and athlete contributions also contributed to taking part in international competitions. A reduction in funding led to the Board agreeing immediate steps to reduce costs. There is more about this on the British Orienteering site, in announcements and meeting minutes.
One of the consequences of this was raising awareness of how hard it was for the squad members, especially the younger ones, to work enough to afford to live and afford the costs of competing, at the same time as doing what they need to to develop into international senior athletes.
In 2017, British Orienteering partially funded the team at the World Championships (paying entry fees and accreditation) as well as covering costs for team management, a physiotherapist and medical staff. Athletes made individual contributions approx £600 (accommodation, transport and travel to event). A crowd-funding appeal, linked to The Orienteering Foundation charity, raised approximately £10,000 that was shared amongst the GB athletes attending the World Championships. An additional cost to the athletes was travelling to test races.
GB Teams also attended three World Cup rounds: Finland, Latvia and Switzerland. This was to gain experience and ranking points necessary to get more advantageous start times and thus do better at future events. For Finland and Switzerland, athlete costs were around £300 (accommodation, transport and travel to event.)
Four athletes attended the World Games in Poland; all costs were paid by the World Games organisation apart from travel which the athletes organised and paid for.
Individual athletes can get financial help from their clubs and regions, and this support is of course most welcome.
The position for 2018 is described in a British Orienteering announcement from November 2017.
For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will cover the following costs:
- IOF Athlete license
- Event accreditation
- Event entry fees
Athletes will be required to fund all remaining costs including travel and accommodation. For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will identify a volunteer Team Manager. This role will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team.
In addition, at World Cup 1 (the European Championships) and World Orienteering Championships British Orienteering will recruit two additional support volunteers.
Additionally, British Orienteering is making awards to those judged potential medal-winning athletes (criteria are published on the British Orienteering website.) It is expected this will move to 2-year funding from 2019. For 2018 these athletes are (see Performance Athlete Awards in the British Orienteering News Archive):