West Midlands Orienteering Association

West Midlands Orienteering Association

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.

The WMOA also organises and provides financial support to a Junior Squad and runs training courses for members who wish to become event officials or upgrade their qualifications.

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.

New to orienteering?  British Orienteering has advice on how to get started, or locate your nearest club for help and information.

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
West Midlands Urban League 2020:
  • 5 April 2020: Woodside, Telford (WRE)
  • 7 June 2020: Hinckley (OD)
West Midlands League 2020: West Midlands Championships 2020:
  • 22 November 2020: Parkhall Country Park (POTOC – also WM League)