Junior orienteering competitions
There are several junior competitions held in Scotland each year, as well as competitions around the UK which Scottish junior teams take part in.
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 Cup
In 2021 we added a new junior competition, the Scottish Junior Cup. This will comprise of three events, and juniors will compete on their usual ‘Scottish O League” course with “B/S” class options also available for M/W14, 16 and 18. Each Scottish area (East, North and West) will be responsible for organising one event.
In 2022, the Jamie Stevenson Trophy (19th June) and the Junior Inter-Area individual competition(4th September) and SOL6 (9th October) will form the three three rounds of the Scottish Junior Cup.
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.