It is not necessary to be a member before attending your first event, but if you intend to compete on a regular basis you are strongly encouraged to join British Orienteering and your local club (this includes the local association, EAOA). The advantages of being a member are listed below, although one of the greatest incentives is that you usually obtain discounted entry fees for events! 

As a member of British Orienteering you will receive:

  • The British Orienteering magazine, Focus, which includes the junior magazine Ozone (3 copies per year - one copy per postal address)
  • Discounts from national companies through the member discounts scheme (click here for a full list of discounts available)
  • The option to sign up for a range of e-newsletters
  • Eligibility to compete in the championship classes at the British Championships, the JK and the Area Championships (Northern; Midlands and Southern)
  • Eligibility to compete in the United Kingdom Orienteering League
  • Eligibility to compete in the Harvester Relays
  • Opportunity to qualify to represent your country at international competitions
  • The option to compete in a Rankings scheme.
  • Eligibility to apply for awards under the British Orienteering Badge Scheme
  • Access to a ‘Navigational Challenge’ and ‘Racing Challenge’ Incentive Scheme
  • Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering
  • Papers and vote at the British Orienteering AGM
  • Access to a members only section of the British Orienteering website

and, in addition, as a member of SuffOC:

  • Quarterly issue of the club magazine "The Punch"
  • Eligibility to enter the Suffoc League and Club Championships and to represent the Club in competitions
  • Eligible to compete in the East Anglian League and enter the EAOA championships
  • Free entry to occasional technical training events run by SuffOC
  • On reaching the required standard, juniors can join the East Anglian Junior Squad to further their development

Fees (2017)

Fees are calculated on a per person basis: for British Orienteering this is £10 per adult and £3.30 per junior (below 21 years on the membership renewal date) and the additional component for SuffOC is £8 per adult and £0 per junior, whether joining as individuals or as a family group. The advantage of joining as a family group is the convenience of one person being able to enter the details of all members of the group under a single log-in to the British Orienteering website.

Note: A new fee structure was confirmed at the 2015 AGM. New members are welcome to join as family groups and those registered under the pre-2016 SuffOC scheme remain as groups on the British Orienteering database but the 2017 fees will be calculated on an individual basis, as shown in the examples in the table below:


 British Orienteering/SuffOC Membership Fees

British Orienteering




£10 per Senior (2 maximum)

+ £3.30 per Junior

£8 per adult

£42.60 (for 2 Seniors

+ 2 Juniors, as an example)


£10 per person



Junior (20 yrs or under)

£3.30 per person




The simplest way is to join is to use the British Orienteering website: this link will take you directly to the correct page, with SuffOC and EAOA already selected. If you prefer to pay by cheque or direct debit then this link is the one to use.

For those who are not competing as often a "SUFFOC Club Only" member scheme is a possibility. This has much more limited benefits: you will be able to compete in the Club League and Club championships and receive the quarterly issue of the club magazine "The Punch", but the other benefits detailed above are excluded. For Suffoc Club Only membership please contact the Membership Secretary at