Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Membership information

We would like to encourage you to consider joining our orienteering club. ESOC is a friendly, active club, which promotes and organises orienteering events around Edinburgh.

Membership Options

There are three membership options: British membership, Scottish membership or ESOC Group membership (for details of Senior, Junior and Family membership types, scroll down):

1. British membership

Joining Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC), the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) and British Orienteering.

Best suited to those who want to take part in orienteering events across Scotland, the UK, and potentially internationally. You can take on any club, event official or coaching role if suitably qualified.

2. Scottish membership

Joining Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) and the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA).

Best suited to those who only wish to orienteer in their local region of Scotland. There are some limitations on entering some larger competitions and taking on coaching and official roles.

3. ESOC Group membership

Joining Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) only. 

This membership option is available for bona fide school groups and other types of groups (Scouts, Guides, etc); for more information click here.

Costs of Membership

The fees given below cover membership from the date of joining until 31st December 2022.

Membership Category

British Membership Fee

Scottish Membership Fee

Senior (born in 2000 or earlier)



Junior (born in 2001 or later)



Family (Up to 2 adults and any junior family members living at the same address)

£76.00 (Min)*


* Final cost depends on number of juniors (£7 extra per junior).

** Currently SOA do not recognise family membership.

How to Join

Important: If you are renewing your membership, you should have received an email from British Orienteering or Scottish Orienteering - please follow the instructions in the email to renew. The links below are for people joining for the first time.

Please join via British or Scottish Orienteering websites:



Advantages of joining ESOC

  • Reduced entry fees to events, including local events
    For Scottish membership, this only includes events in Scotland.​
  • Regular training sessions for adults and older juniors
    These are suitable for people with all levels of orienteering skills, including beginners. In the winter, the weekly training is a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions focusing on fitness. In the spring and autumn it then moves completely outdoors to concentrate more on orienteering skills.
  • Regular training sessions for juniors (East of Scotland Orienteering Association)
    These are held roughly monthly and again cater for all orienteering levels. Children from roughly age 8 upwards are invited.
  • Bimonthly club newsletter 
    Our newsletter, Capital-O, reports on recent events and gives information about forthcoming events, as well as news and features about what some of our members have been up to. The newsletter is accompanied by The O-Zone, aimed at juniors and highlighting their achievements. The newsletters are available via email, unless a paper copy is requested.
  • Quarterly Scottish Orienteering Association magazine
    The SOA magazine, SCORE, includes news and views about orienteering throughout Scotland. It is produced in full-colour electronic form, available on the SOA website, and a link to each new issue is emailed to all SOA members. A paper version is also available on request.
  • Regular emails to notify members of forthcoming events and other orienteering news
  • Discount at Edinburgh running shops and Scottish Orienteering partners
  • Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with Scottish Orienteering

Additional advantages as a British Orienteering Member

  • Reduced entry fees at all events nationally
  • Eligibility to compete for ESOC in a variety of national competitions
  • Ability to apply for awards under British Orienteering's Badge Scheme
  • Success/progress recognised through the 'Navigational Challenge' and 'Racing Challenge' incentive schemes 
  • Inclusion in the British Orienteering Ranking Scheme
  • Additional discounts at British Orienteering partners
  • Regular emails from British Orienteering, including being able to sign up for a range of e-newsletters about various orienteering matters
  • Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering
  • Access to the members' section of the British Orienteering website