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.


We are committed to the principles of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and our Safeguarding page explains our policies and practice.

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

West Midlands Urban League
  • 7th July, Whitchurch, Wrekin Orienteers
  • 1st September, Worcester, Harlequins
West Midlands Championships
  • 15th September, Morridge, POTOC (inc WML)


British Orienteering continues to update advice to clubs and participants to ensure Covid Safe Orienteering.

Whilst restrictions have been lifted, COVID is very much still in circulation and we urge a continued responsible approach to running events and coach sessions.

British Orienteering

As well as formal events, why not brush up your skills and search for a Permanent course local to you through British Orienteering’s list. These include both “real” courses with posts, and “virtual” ones using GPS.

You can also find details of local courses at:
Potteries Orienteering Club MapRuns,
Wrekin Orienteers’ MapRuns,
Walton Chasers’ Map Runs,
and Harlequins’ Mapruns