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Orienteering Resources for Teachers & Coaches:

Collated by Ken Thompson updated 27th Jan 2020  Thanks to ideas also contributed by Sport Australia (formally Australian Sports Commission), Adrian Uppill, Paul Hoopman, Chris Franklin, Kay Haarsma & Zita Sankauskas. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change.

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  • Orienteering: The Adventure Sport for Everyone A new short promotional Video filmed at the 2017 National Championhips in NSW       
  • Two good inspirational videos to show students (particularly older students or adults) at the start of your programme:

Orienteering More than just running

Xperience Orienteering

 An Introduction to what orienteering is all about: 2012_Flinders_Uni_Presentation_min.pdf

Current List of Permanent Orienteering Courses: DIY Orienteering

Purple Pen: a free program for course planning and printing: http://purple-pen.org

Notes on use & installation of Purple Pen: Using Purple Pen For Course Planning

Contact Information:

  • All general inquiries regarding school support: email1
  • Technical support re use of Purple Pen: Ken Thompson.  email1

Orienteering Supplies:

  • Orienteering Service of Australia (OSoA) is a distributor for SILVA, and carries a wide stock of compasses, MTBO products, control flags, cards and punches, gaiters, books, headlamps, maps, etc.      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Contact: Ralph Koch   Ph: 03 9714 8540    Mobile: 0419 577 514        http://www.osoa.com.au

  • Wildfire Sports: Specialist provider of Garmin watches, compasses, clothing, map boards and other sports equipment.      Ph: 07 3339 1433 or 0422 248 549      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            

  •  Punches  -from Peter Shepherd (NSW O shop) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Cost is $50 for a box of ten.Home phone is 0295253703 but e-mail is the preferred contact.
  • Permanent Markers Daytona Signs138 Morgan Ave Melrose Park 5039 Ph 8277 1303  (Mention Orienteering SA & they will know what you mean) 50 X Metal plates 9.5cm x 9.5cm  with orange triangle plus alphabet & number codes (suggest 3 sets of alpha & 2 sets of numbers) approx. cost (2014) $350
  • Corflute controls 130mm x 200mm with triangular top as shown with facility to attach a punch are good for schoolyards and corflutecontrolportable use as they aren’t as visible as normal flags & punches.  Cost 20 - $165 incl GST, 30 $231 incl GST.  You can add a lock and chain if you feel necessary. Enquiries to School support email: email1

 Free Supplies: 

Ideas & Info for School Orienteering:

Programme Suitable for Primary School Use: (as used in NSW After Hours Care Programme)








Recommended Books:

  • Orienteering Games: The Ultimate Teaching Resource’ Available from Orienteering Queenland Electronic version $22, Printed version $48.50  https://oq.asn.au/o-games-book
  •  There is also an excellent free resource, "Games Orienteers Play", which contains lesson plans for Prep to Yr 12. This is also available from Orienteering Queensland.
  •    Illustrated young readers book "Gang O Kids" by Hazel Edwards  $11.95     Available from: www.osoa.com.au
  • An excellent introductory guide to the sport of orienteering written by Carol McNeill.  $34.95 *       Web: www.osoa.com.au
  •    Elementary Orienteering Instructors Manual $16.95 plus postage. Available online from Orienteering Service of Australia (see above). A bit dated but contains some good ideas.

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