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News and Information from the National Centre
LATEST ITEMS: Dates for Teaching Orienteering courses in Spring 2017 now available. Coach CPD on 3 September will be at Creag Vinean near Dunkeld; bookings open for Coaching Foundation course 16 September near Perth, and UKCC L2 8-9 & 29 October near Perth. For most courses there is now a specific on-line booking form.
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...
Generous subsidies are available from sportscotland for UKCC coach education courses, to members of SOA clubs. Applications must now be made online.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
SOA Coaching Co-ordinator Lynne Walker explains the rationale behind the requirement for coaches to be licensed.
We have now held two Coach CPD Days in 2013, both looking at terrain running techniques and how to coach them, plus an introduction to Strength and Conditioning, and shorter discussions of various coaching skills. Various items from both sessions are now available for download.
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.