The IOF has signed a two-year deal with Lumonite ©IOF

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) has signed a two-year partnership with portable lighting manufacturer Lumonite.

Under the terms of the agreement, the IOF and the Finland-based company will work together to "further strengthen the headlamp market".

Lumonite is also set to be involved in World Orienteering Day, which the IOF moved from May to September last month because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The company develops headlamps for orienteering and other sports such as cross-country skiing.

Thierry Gueorgiou of France, a 14-time world champion, is among the athletes to have used Lumonite's headlamps during competition.

Details of Lumonite's involvement in activities held as part of World Orienteering Day are yet to be confirmed.

The day is designed to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, with a particular emphasis placed on schools.

The IOF asks that each club associated with a National Federation gets in contact with at least one school to help implement orienteering lessons and activities.

Students also get to keep maps as a memento of World Orienteering Day, with it hoped that the maps themselves can boost orienteering's visibility.

In 2019, 398,712 people were reported to have taken part in a World Orienteering Day event by the IOF - the largest total recorded through four editions of the special day.