Junior orienteering competitions
In Scotland, there are several junior competitions held each year, as well as around the UK for junior teams.
Jamie Stevenson Trophy
An annual inter-club competition for junior classes only, and traditionally held in central Scotland to encourage participation from all Scottish clubs. It was initiated as a fund-raising event for ScotJOS by Bill and Anne Stevenson in honour of their son, Jamie, who is a multiple World Championships medal winner and also one of our Patrons. It’s a chance for all juniors in a club to take part in a competitive event with a parade of athletes, commentary and prize-giving.
Scottish Junior Inter-Area Competition
Individual and relay events over a weekend with an overnight stay, usually in a youth hostel. Encouraging participation is an important part of the competition, with juniors representing their region rather than club. Initial information for each year is communicated via clubs.
Junior Inter-Regional Championships
A weekend competition between all the junior Inter-Regional Squads in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (12 in all). The Regional Orienteering Associations host the event on a rota system which means it only comes to Scotland every 12 years and a lot of travelling for our team in other years! The Scotland team is selected by a panel on behalf of Scottish Orienteering, taking account of results from a set of selection races announced each year. Any junior in a Scottish club is eligible for selection.
Junior Home International
Another weekend competition hosted in turn by the 4 home nations (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England). The Scotland team is selected by a panel on behalf of Scottish Orienteering, taking account of results from a set of selection races announced each year. Eligibility criteria include being born in Scotland, or with a parent born in Scotland, or being resident in Scotland for more than a year.
Scottish Schools Festival
Held on the first Friday in June since 1995, the Scottish Schools’ Orienteering Festival (SSOF) is a competition primarily designed for young orienteers who have been introduced to the sport at school but everyone is welcome.