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National Centre course schedule

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LATEST ITEMS: Event Safety Workshop Forres 15 December;  also now taking bookings for Coaching Foundation course 11 March, UKCC L1 29-30 April and L2 25-26 March 2017.   

17th Nov 16   Read more...


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.   Updated 25 October to include excellent cards to promote post-session discussion.   Along with maps of mazes, these are available under "Resources for sessions".

25th Oct 16   Read more...


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   Read more...


Coaching Foundation course

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Two courses in 2016

This course was designed specifically for experienced orienteers who want to dip their toes into the waters of coaching, and as a stepping stone towards the UKCC qualifications.  From 2017 the course fee will be £60 for members of clubs affiliated to SOA, £100 for non-members.

13th Dec 15   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


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   Read more...


SOA Activity Weekend 2013

Nearly 90 SOA members descended on Glenmore Lodge and enjoyed a variety of physical activities and learning opportunities, in magnificent surroundings and pleasant sunshine.  Many, many thanks to all who contributed their time, effort and expertise.  Results, handouts and feedback will be posted here as they become available - handouts from Lynne Walker’s “Mental” session and the Organiser’s Workshop now added, with apologies for delay.

30th Sep 13   Read more...


Tutor Update day 16 February 2013

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All tutors of UKCC and Teaching Orienteering courses in Scotland are invited to an update day on Saturday 16 February 2013.

12th Sep 12   Read more...


Older items

Coach Activity Days… 24th Feb 12

Badge schemes… 26th Nov 10

SOA Coaching Conference 2010… 26th Apr 10

Materials for Junior Incentive Scheme… 02nd Sep 08

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