Join NI orienteering

Join NI Orienteering

Welcome to the NI Orienteering membership page – We are pleased that you are considering joining us and hope that you become an active member of your local club and enjoy orienteering for many years to come.

There are 3 Open Clubs in Northern Ireland
Fermanagh Orienteers (FermO)
Lagan Valley Orienteers (LVO)
North West Orienteering Club (NWOC)
These 3 clubs form the Northern Ireland Orienteering Association (NIOA) also known as NI Orienteering, which in turn is governed by the rules of the British Orienteering (BOF).

Orienteering events are run according to British Orienteering rules governing all aspects of the sport including standard of planning, organising, safety, etc. BOF also provide insurance cover for all events and activities, which would otherwise be prohibitively expensive for each Club. All Club/Association members must also be members of BOF so when you become a member there are 3 membership fees to be paid, although these are all paid to BOF who in turn forward the relevant fees to clubs and associations. Below is the table of membership fees for 2024.

Senior (born 1998 or earlier)£5.00£5.00£15.00£25.00
Senior new members from 1 May£3.00£3.00£10.00£16.00
Young Adult (born 1999 to 2003)£5.00£5.00£10.00£20.00
Young Adult new members from 1 May£2.75£2.75£6.50£12.00
Junior (born 2004 or later)£2.50£2.50£5.00£10.00
Junior new members from 1 May£1.50£1.50£3.00£6.00
Family (2 seniors & at least 1 junior at the same address.)£7.50£7.50£35.00£50.00
Family new members from 1 May£4.50£4.50£23.00£32.00

The membership year runs from January to December. If you join between January and October you membership will expire on 31 December. There are reduced fees for new members joining after 1 May and 1 September for the remainder of the calendar year.

To join identify your local club from the map above and then go the to the British Orienteering online membership page and choose either LVO, NWOC or FERMO.

NI Orienteering Membership Benefits

We are very pleased that you are thinking of becoming a member. As a member you will receive:

  • Reduced entry in all NI Orienteering events.
  • The British Orienteering newsletter (sent by email).
  • Discounts from national companies through the member discounts scheme. (click here for a full list of discounts available)
  • The option to sign up for a range of e-newsletters.
  • Eligibility to compete in the championship classes at the British Championships, the JK and the Area Championships (Northern; Midlands and Southern). *
  • Eligibility to compete in the United Kingdom Orienteering League (UKOL).
  • Eligibility to compete in the Harvester Relays. *
  • Opportunity to qualify to represent your country at international competitions.
  • Eligibility to compete in a Rankings scheme.
  • Eligibility to apply for awards under the British Orienteering Badge Scheme.
  • Access to a ‘Navigational Challenge’ and ‘Racing Challenge’ Incentive Scheme.
  • Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering.
  • Papers and vote at the British Orienteering AGM, including electronic voting.
  • Access to a members only section of the website.

* Please note that members of national federations recognised by the International Orienteering Federation can also compete in the championship classes at the events starred above.

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