New eastern schools league announced for 2015

A new Orienteering Schools League (OSL), coordinated by the South African Orienteering Federation (SAOF), is planned for the Kensington – Bedfordview – Edenvale area and neighbouring suburbs for the first term of 2015.


Orienteering is a walking and running sport of map-based navigation; it’s somewhat like treasure hunting where the map indicates the location of the ‘treasure’.

Local schools are invited to participate in the League (or even a few of the four events).

Schools are also invited to host events if their school property is a reasonable size; this will involve an SAOF orienteer coming to the school to make an orienteering-specific map of the property. This map is made available to the school for their own orienteering activities.

Suggested dates for the 2015 Orienteering Schools League are:

  • Monday, 2 February: #1 Jeppe Boys
  • Monday, 9 February: #2 Venue TBC
  • Monday, 16 February: #3 Venue TBC
  • Monday, 23 February: #4 Edenvale High
  • Monday, 2 March: Optional day (should one of the four scheduled events be rained out)
  • Monday, 9 March: FINAL Kloofendal Nature Reserve (selection criteria; jointly with OSL – NORTH)
  • Weekend: 13 to 15 March: Annual Schools Camp @ Bushtrails (selection criteria; limited to 30 participants)
  • Sunday, 22 March: Gauteng Orienteering Clubs & Schools Relay (three-person teams; all welcome)
  • Ages: approx Grade 5 to Grade 12 (>10yrs)
  • Categories:Primary (Grades 5-7), Junior (<16), Senior (16 and older) – girls and boys
  • Fees: R80/student for all League events
  • Entry: Students may enter as individuals if their school is not participating

Additional information is available on the Orienteering Schools League page on the Orienteering website ( Also visit the page “What is O?” for information and two short videos on the sport of orienteering.

OSL – EAST is coordinated by Lisa de Speville. She has 15 years of orienteering and adventure racing experience, both as a participant, navigator and coach. She is a qualified British Orienteering Federation Level 2 Coach.

Please see this notice of an orienteering teacher workshop scheduled for Monday, 1 December 2014 at Jeppe Boys (14h00 to 16h30). Lisa is also available to make school visits.

with regards,

Lisa de Speville

Project Manager: School Orienteering (SAOF) | Mobile: 082 936-2509