Orienteering Tips & Hints

Orienteering Tips & Hints

Orienteering-essexOrienteering is an outdoor adventure sport for all ages no matter how young, old or fit you are and involves walking or running, all at your own pace of course, while using map reading skills to navigate your way around a course. The aim of the sport is to successfully navigate around the course in the quickest time possible.

Taking place almost anywhere you can imagine, from the concrete jungle to the countryside and anywhere in between. Orienteering can be an awesome sport for many people, weather you just love to be outside or even if you’re just bored of the current TV schedule.

Beginners Tips

To help the newcomers along, here’s few TC top tips to get you on your way (Was that a pun?).

  1. Folding the map – To help you navigate, fold your map so that you can easily see where you are.
  2. Orientation – Much like a satnav, always keep your map facing the correct way. For example, the features on the ground in front of you are also in front of you on the map, makes sense right? You can also use a compass to orientate your map, making sure that the north lines on the map are pointing the same way as the compass needle. Remember each time you change direction to rotate the map to the direction you are facing. Top tip!
  3. Thumb the map – Yep, that sounds odd, but it helps to keep track of where you are at all times on your map, loose where you are and this could cost you time! Remember to mark your position on the map using your thumb or mark a check point or feature where you can check your position.
  4. Checking the control card – When you have found a control, you should check the code matches your description sheet. It is also wise to check the control is located at the correct feature on your map, that way you will know you have reached the correct control.
  5. Have fun! – Last but not least, enjoy yourself and have fun!

What is a control?

orienteering_controlHopefully our beginners tips have set you on your way to an amazing day (Yeah… that was another pun). But what exactly is a control? Controls are provided along with a control description sheet which tells you exactly what you’re looking for. When you locate the control, you will see a code of letters or numbers which should match those on your control description sheet. If you have found the correct control and the code matches your description sheet, you’re in the right place!


You don’t need much equipment to start orienteering. Simply bring yourself, along with some comfortable and suitable clothing. Remember, the weather may not be great and if you are caught in a rain shower without any waterproofs it could ruin your day. It is advisable to also wear full leg cover. Other equipment should be available to buy or hire.

  1. Electronic cards – A gadget used to confirm you have visited all controls in the correct order.
  2. Compass – As you progress, you will need a compass.



Our must have items to keep you warm on and off the pitch this Winter!

As the days are starting to get colder, we are going to need a few more layers to keep us warm on and off the pitch. Here at Team Colours we have many products for you to choose from, all of which can be customised with a choice of styles, colours, logos and a wide range of sizes. Many of our products also have the option of either cut and sew where logos, numbers names etc can be printed onto the garments for you, or sublimation where any design can be printed into the fabric of the design allowing any customisation at no extra cost. Embroidery is also available on many of our products.

Here are just a few of our products for you to choose from:


Hoodies: We can provide you and your team custom hoodies to wear proudly. These are great to wear before or after a game, with designs that will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. All styles and sizes available as well as the option for sublimation allowing any design you desire to be printed.hoodies


Sweatshirts: Personalised sweatshirts make perfect teamwear for your company or your team. They are specially designed so that we can adapt the colours of any style to suit your requirements. Zipped or unzipped options. Two styles available for the cut and sew option or any design you desire with sublimation.sweatshirts


Onesies: Onesies are a great club leisurewear product to lounge around in after a match, at home or on tour. They are super soft and comfortable and will keep you toasty warm.  Fully customisable with your choice of styles, colours, hood linings, logos & sizes, and feature front zip and side pockets on front of top and side of bottoms.



Baselayers: (tops, leggings, shorts and baselayer onesies) Baselayers are great for added warmth to wear under your team kit or training gear. There are a wide range of colours and sizes available, handy for matching them to your team kit. Fully customisable with logos or names etc.



Bodywarmers: Bodywarmers are great for on and off the pitch, with a super soft fleece lining they provide added warmth to wear over your team kit or training gear. We offer a wide range of styles and sizes available in many colours. Fully customisable with logos or names etc.



Leggings: Leggings are great for training. Comfortable, warm and easy to move about in, why wouldn’t you want a pair. These are also a great option for dance or as a baselayer under your kit. They come in a choice of lengths and can be sublimated with any design or printed with logos and/or names etc.


Jason Kenny, An Inspiration To Us All!


Jason Kenny, British track cyclist, is a sporting hero in our eyes. At 28 years of age he has achieved a lot and topped it all off at this year’s recent Olympic Games where he took home 3 gold medals.

Jason was only 20 years of age when he won his first gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Team Sprint. In the 2012 Olympics, he defeated his great rival, the Frenchman Grégory Baugé by winning gold, and won another gold in the Team Sprint also. This therefore means that Jason, alongside fellow track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, holds the highest number of gold medals for a British Athlete. We cannot imagine how amazing that must feel for him.

Jason started competing at a high level from around the age of 15 and grew from strength to strength from then. Born and bred in Bolten, the leisure centre at the Bolten One Complex has now been named after him.

Jason is just one example of hundreds of successful athletes across the world that we can look to for inspiration with our own sporting endeavours. Whether or not we would ever want to compete at professional or Olympic standards, seeing what these people have done and can do, can only motivate us to train that little bit harder and aim that bit higher.

Here at Team Colours we want to see everyone succeed and we love to be able to help you realise your potential. If you would love to get involved in cycling, you can look on the British Cycling website on how to get involved.

If you are already a keen cyclist, involved with a club or team then check out our range custom cycling clothing and see what we can do for you today.