National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  Newly available:  few places on Coaching Foundation course in Aberdeenshire 25 March;  also taking bookings for Coaching Foundation course 11 March, UKCC L1 29-30 April, and for coaching weekends for participants of all standards, 18 & 19 March, 17 & 18 June.  UKCC L2 March/April postponed.

11th Jan 17

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Adult Beginners/improvers' days and weekends

Whatever your standard, we guarantee you'll learn a lot on our coaching weekends.  Come for one day or both;  usual fee £30 per person per day, £10 discount for SOA members (all non-residential).  Maximum 6 people to 1 coach.  Licensed coaches get the day free in return for preparing and delivering a session.  We use top quality Speyside forests, exquisite maps and the best local tea-rooms.  The two-fold aim is simply to have fun while learning or improving your orienteering.  All the coaching is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.

18-19 March - adults of any standard - come for both days or just one!  Closing date 4 March. (NB due to holidays, bookings made between 21 Feb and 4 March will be confirmed on 5 March)
17 June - coaching and cake - a relaxed day, with optional swim 
18 June - full-on technical coaching for anyone who wants to be well challenged

For all of these, please book via the Wufoo form.

Introducing Orienteering courses

Our new, improved offering for teachers, youth leaders and staff in outdoor centres.  Standard course fee £70 per person per day (discounts apply when 6 or more are invoiced together).

Unless stated otherwise, book by e-mail to Hilary Quick via the Contacts page.

16 February - Oban 
3 March - Abernethy Ardgour
?? March - Bonaly
29 - 30 April - Lamlash Outdoor Education Centre, Arran - COURSE FULL

Some of these dates are liable to change to suit local requirements, in which case this list will be changed promptly.  The following courses have been postponed until later this year:

13 or 14 February - Ayrshire - POSTPONED
15 February - Lanarkshire - POSTPONED
15 February - Fife - POSTPONED
17 February - Glasgow - POSTPONED
22 February - Highland - POSTPONED


Young Leader Award

A closed offering of this course will be run at Glenmore Lodge in October.
Please contact us if you'd like this course to be run near you.


Coaching Foundation course

This one-day course is for experienced orienteers who are members a SOA club.  Evidence is required of competence at TD4.  Further details are available on a separate page.  

  • 11 March - venue to be confirmed, probably Central Belt
  • 25 March - Aberdeenshire

UKCC Level 1 Coach

For 2-day Level 1 courses, candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).   

29-30 April 2017 - venue to be confirmed (probably near Perth);  course fee £250.  Please use this form to book your place.

Subsidies are usually available from sportscotland for this course, for eligible candidates.  Apply via their website.  

UKCC Level 2 Coach

Please note this is a 3 day course (plus 1 assessment day) and candidates should normally attend all 3 days of the same course.  Post-course work is then completed before final assessment, which must be within 2 years.

25-26 March 2017 - POSTPONED.  Please watch for new date later this year.  Please use this form to book your place.  Course fee £300.  Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland - apply direct.

UKCC Level 3 Coach

This course ran 6-8 November 2015 (plus some separate additional dates).  Next scheduled course likely to be 2017 or 2018, though some of the topics will be covered in CPD sessions in the meantime.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2017

Four sessions will be arranged for 2017, with topics carried forward from 2016 including disability awareness.  Detail to follow.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2016

Four Saturday sessions with an underlying the theme of "working together to strengthen coaching in the area", with specialist topics to provide the focus.  Our "mental" session in April was followed by:

3 September - "Coach and be coached" session with outdoor activity at South Creag Vinean followed by indoor discussion over tea and cake at Birnam Arts Centre.

24 September - Musselburgh - disability awareness

Output from these sessions will be shared on the Coaching Resources page.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2015

All of our sessions have now taken place.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2014 

We have completed this year's series of CPD sessions.  Throughout the year our focus was on sharing best ideas and producing useful materials for all coaches in Scotland. 

SOA Coach Activity Days 2013 - "Coaching Together"

During 2013 we held two Activity Days, both focussed on coaching of techniques for terrain running.  Handouts can be downloaded from Coach CPD Days 2013 page

Coach Educator/Tutor updates

Tutor update planned for February 2016 was cancelled - written update has been issued.  Next CPD meeting will be in Spring 2017.


SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be in early 2017.

Volunteers' Weekend

We held another enjoyable and informative Volunteers' Weekend 13-15 May;  reports and other information is on the separate page.  We will run the next one 15-17 September 2017.

Event Safety Workshop

April date under discussion for Central Belt; 

further dates are being arranged and will be publicised shortly

Please use this form to book for any of these workshops.

Event Organisers' Workshop

This is often combined with the Event Safety Workshop for a comprehensive training session for event officials.

Grade C Controllers’ course

18 March 2017 - venue to be confirmed.

Grade B Controllers’ course

27 May - venue to be confirmed


Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

These are often run locally;  please phone to discuss your requirements.  Currently available:

Planners' course

This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.

Condes workshop

This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.

OCAD workshop

can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch

Open Orienteering Mapping software workshop

might be scheduled soon, watch this space!

SI workshop

can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch.


Closing dates:  Bookings will not normally be accepted after the closing date, where one is stated.  For some courses, an early closing date is necessary in order to obtain course resources.

The course schedule is constantly changing, with latest additions or cancellations outlined in the summary as above.

Courses will be confirmed or cancelled within 24 hours of their stated closing date.  We recommend that you don’t commit to accommodation etc. until your course has been confirmed. 

We aim to acknowledge bookings as soon as possible after receiving the form, so if you don’t get an acknowledgement within about 4 days, please phone.  

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by Hilary Quick