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News and Information from the National Centre

National Centre course schedule

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LATEST ITEMS: Grade C Controllers' Course Inverness 19 November; places still available at the Event Safety Workshop in Glasgow on 7 November and in Inverness on 29 November, but Edinburgh on 21 November is now FULL.  Coaching Foundation planned for 22 October has been cancelled.  UKCC L1 and L2 dates for March and April 2017.

03rd Oct 16  

Information and resources for coaches

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This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity.  Document describing New Zealand's Coaching Philosophy added 5 April 2016 - essential reading for all coaches!  Also new material for mazes added 28 April;  cones grids coming soon...

05th Apr 16  

Funding for UKCC courses

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Online applications

Generous subsidies are available from sportscotland for UKCC coach education courses, to members of SOA clubs.  Applications must now be made online.

15th Dec 15  

Coaching Foundation course

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Two courses in 2016

Now entering its third year, the Coaching Foundation course continues to attract interest.  One or two more courses are planned for 2016 - on 19 September and possible one other date in October at Glenmore Lodge.  This course was designed specifically for experienced orienteers who want to dip their toes into the waters of coaching.

13th Dec 15  

Teaching Orienteering courses

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The Teaching Orienteering courses (part 1 and part 2) provide excellent training for anyone wishing to introduce the sport in schools, scouts or other youth groups.  Our schedule offers these courses throughout Scotland and from this page you can download a printable publicity leaflet.  Where possible, dates will fit in with known In-Service days.

28th Feb 15  

About the National Centre

Where the centre is located and contact details.

22nd Dec 14  

Coach CPD Days for 2015

We are pleased to announce dates for Coach CPD in 2015.  Venues will be allocated in discussion with clubs;  please get in touch if you’d like to request a particular date in your area.  The general theme for the sessions will be “Lively sessions for newcomers and returners”.

20th Dec 14  

Condes for course planning

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The Condes User Guide has been updated for use with version 9 of the Condes software, which offers several improvements in both functionality and interface.  Of particular interest to coaches and anyone planning unconventional events is the ability to do things to the underlying map - see section 17 of the User Guide.

29th Sep 14  

Coach CPD Days for 2014

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We are pleased to announce more detail of the Coach CPD days for 2014. Dates and venues are now available for the series of highly practical coaches’ workshops across the country, which will allow us to produce sets of valuable resources for all coaches.  Agenda for the last date - 7th December - is now available.

16th Sep 14  

Why do we need coach licensing?

Lynne Walker

SOA Coaching Co-ordinator Lynne Walker explains the rationale behind the requirement for coaches to be licensed.

19th Mar 14  

Older items

Coach CPD Days for 2013… 08th Oct 13

SOA Activity Weekend 2013… 30th Sep 13

Tutor Update day 16 February 2013… 12th Sep 12

Coach Activity Days… 24th Feb 12

Coaching Updates for 2011… 13th Feb 11

Badge schemes… 26th Nov 10

SOA Development Conference 2010… 21st Jun 10

SOA Coaching Conference 2010… 26th Apr 10

Notes of Controllers’ Update Session… 26th Feb 10

Materials for Junior Incentive Scheme… 02nd Sep 08

Certificate Templates… 02nd Sep 08

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