EOC bannerThe English Orienteering Council is the long-established (1973), autonomous and democratic body which has sole responsibility for the England national orienteering teams.

Its voting members comprise representatives (often the Chair) of each of the nine English Regions of the British Orienteering Federation. The Council meets annually to make policy decisions. The leg-work is performed by the Selectors and Team Managers appointed at that meeting.

Unlike the other Home Nations, England has no National Association and no National Governing Body. Whilst British Orienteering receives direct funding from Sport England and until 2011 passed on a small annual grant, this grant was discontinued in 2012. Most of the funding for England teams comes from selected athletes’ substantial personal contributions (70%): the English Regional Orienteering Associations provide the balance of the support.

The EOC currently raises teams to compete in four competitions annually: three separate Home Internationals: Junior, Senior and Veteran, against Ireland, Scotland and Wales; as well as a multi age group competition, Interland, against our nearest continental European neighbours. Unlike GBR representative teams, these competitions offer the opportunity for national representative honours to athletes, male and female, in age classes M/W14 up to M/W70.