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Orienteering is part treasure hunt, part amazing race. It is as much a mental activity as a physical one. It can be conducted outdoors and indoors and it caters for all levels of fitness, for walkers as well as runners.

The program teaches students orienteering skills using a variety of active, fun and inclusive games. Some of the skills students will learn include reading maps, map symbols, orientating the map (cardinal points/NESW) and route choice. The program concludes with an orienteering line course around the school.

Program Details

Orienteering Australia offer a range Sporting Schools program packages that can be customised according to the age and experience of the students, as well as the number of lessons required.

An essential part of orienteering at school is having an up-to-date orienteering map for your school area. If your school has never been mapped, or the map requires updating, please choose a package option that includes mapping.

Packages can be delivered as 45 or 60 minutes sessions (dependent on class size).

Coach Delivered Packages

Teacher Delivered

Coach Delivered + Mapping (1 Class)
This package is for schools that have never been mapped and would like a coach to deliver the class.

Teacher Delivered + Mapping
This package is for schools that have never been mapped and would like to use an internal teacher to deliver the class.

Coach Delivered (1 Class)
This package is for schools that have been mapped previously and would like a coach to deliver the class. Schools can choose between 45 min or 60 min class.

Teacher Delivered
This package is for schools that have been mapped previously and would like to use an internal teacher to deliver the class.


Orienteering ACT can provide services for all of the ACT and the surrounding region of SE NSW. Services include coaching for schools, mapping of the school and adjacent ovals and parklands, and professional development for teachers.

New South Wales:
Coach-led programs are available in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Southern Highlands. Teacher-led programs are available state-wide with mapping services and BOSTES-accredited Professional Development in partnership with the NSW School Sports Unit. Orienteering NSW also provide Level 0 Coaching to teachers who are members of ONSW.

Northern Territory:
Please contact Top End Orienteers for current availability of services.

Orienteering Queensland (OQ) provide mapping, coaches and teacher training to many areas in South East Queensland, and some parts of Wide Bay, Cairns and Townsville. Contact OQ for Qld services.

South Australia:
The area broadly covered for sporting schools in SA is Adelaide metro area and Inner Hills.

Orienteering Tasmania can service the greater Hobart region, Launceston and the Tamar valley, and the Devonport region (the south, north and northwest of the state).

Orienteering Victoria (OV) can service coach-led programs, including mapping, to metropolitan Melbourne (boundaries are eastern Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Woodend, Healesville, Narre Warren and Mornington, and up to 50km from Ballarat). Please contact OV for availability in Bendigo. Teacher-led programs, including mapping and Professional Development, are available in metropolitan Melbourne (as above) and up to 50km radius from Ballarat and Bendigo.

Western Australia:
Please contact Orienteering WA (OWA) for current services in your area. In general, OWA will not provide orienteering services north of Geraldton or east of Kalgoorlie.


The essential requirements for teaching orienteering is a school map and a qualified orienteering coach. If your school doesn’t already have a map that can be used for orienteering, then this can be organised.

An orienteering map of the school is a great resource beyond this program – it will be of use to social science, maths, PE, and gifted and talented classes. It’s also a handy planning tool if the school wants to add new buildings!

The cost of mapping a small primary school starts at around $250 – $350. A larger school may cost around $600 to map. More information is available by viewing the Orienteering Australia website.


Teachers can deliver orienteering in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below:

  • Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance
  • Attend a professional development workshop.

Please visit your state/territory association’s website for more information.


To become a coach and deliver orienteering in Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:

  • Be aged 17 years or over
  • Hold a current Working With Children Check
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance
  • Orienteering Level 0 Accreditation or above.

Please visit your state/territory association’s website for more information.

Coaching Providers

Sporting Schools is an Australia-wide program in partnership with more than 35 national sporting organisations (NSO), of which Orienteering Australia is one.

Orienteering Australia coordinates all Sporting Schools programs and does not require external coaching providers. For further information please contact Orienteering Australia.

Orienteering Australia Resources

Orienteering NSW have developed an OK-GO schools kit and companion booklet for years 2 - 6 which can be purchased for $210 (including GST). The kit includes:

  • soft copies of all the materials needed (so it is a one-off purchase)
  • explanations of weekly activities

Compasses are not used as the emphasis is on learning how to read a map and becoming familiar with the features on it.

All state orienteering associations have detailed information on available lessons and equipment on their websites, please find contact details here. Orienteering Australia is developing an updated Level 0 Coaching Curriculum and Manual to include on its website with videos and other coaching and information resources for the Sporting Schools program.


Orienteering Australia

ACT Sporting Schools
Manager: Stephen Goggs

NSW Sporting Schools
Manager: Jim Mackay

NT Sporting Schools
Manager: Orienteering NT

QLD Sporting Schools
Manager: Felicity Crosato

SA Sporting Schools
Manager: Zita Sankauskas

TAS Sporting Schools
Manager: Jane Calder

VIC Sporting Schools
Manager: Brodie Nankervis

WA Sporting Schools
Manager: Janet Fletcher

Have any questions about Sporting Schools?

Phone: 1300 785 707
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