The West Midlands Orienteering Association (WMOA) is the regional association of orienteering clubs in the West Midlands, covering the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The WMOA is affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation. Its origins were documented in a West Midlander article by Rod Postlethwaite.
The association organises various competitions between its member clubs and individuals, as well as co-ordinating fixtures to minimise date clashes both within the region, in neighbouring regions and nationally.
Major events such as the JK and the British Orienteering Championships rotate around the UK’s regions and are too large for any one club to organise. The association provides coordination when it is the West Midlands’ turn to host them, and will provide links to the event web sites from here.
Want help to improve? Ask your club coach for advice – he or she knows we were all beginners once, and will not bite! On line, we recommend the Better Orienteering web site and this series of technique videos by South London Orienteers.
Principal forthcoming fixtures in the region
The following fixtures form part of the Association’s competitions; the region’s clubs organise many other events which you can find on their web sites (see the Clubs page for links – please be sure to check the relevant club web site before travelling, particularly in the case of bad weather).West Midlands CompassSport Cup/Trophy round:
- 16 February 2020: Postensplain (HOC) – CANCELLED
- 5 April 2020: Woodside, Telford (WRE)
- 7 June 2020: Hinckley (OD)
- Will be back with Event 4 at Bagot Wood, hopefully in April, subject to date change.
- 22 November 2020: Parkhall Country Park (POTOC – also WM League)