The North West region is a federation of clubs who get together to agree activities of mutual benefit. The main activities undertaken by the region include:-
- Coordination of the annual event programme to ensure that there is no clash of event dates within the region and with other events, either nationally or in regions close by.
- Organise and pay for a Junior Squad. This selects good and promising orienteers from the clubs and gives them additional training.
- Stage major events such as the JK and the British Orienteering Championships which are too large for anyone club to take on its own. These are staged, in general about once every 10 years in the North West.
- Stage the Lakes 5 Day event every four years
In 2011 the event types have been renamed to be Levels A,B,C & D.
In the past they have been given different labels which may help orienteers understand the style of event:-
- Level D - Local Events
These are generally held on midweek Summer evenings but may also be come-and-try-it events at weekends
These tend to offer a reduced number of courses - often "easy" and "technical"
- Level C - District Events
Held mainly on Sundays throughout the region these events offer a wide range of courses - suitable for all
An ideal starting point for beginners
- Level B - Regional Events
These events are a step up from district events and are generally held once a month somewhere in the region.
They form the standard for the new North West Orienteering League
Competition is in age classes for seniors and juniors
- Level A - National & Championship Events
Similar to regional events but competitors come from all over the country
NWOA hosts the Northern Championships on a rota basis with NEOA & YHOA
These include the British Championships and the JK Festival