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LATEST ITEMS:  ONE PLACE remaining on UKCC L2 course March/April 2016.  Now taking bookings for UKCC L1 course at Edin Uni 23-25 May.



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 tuition is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.

As a regular feature we offer 8 sessions (4 days) of coaching over Christmas.  Watch this space for details, and make your wishes known now to your family!



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

Teaching Orienteering Part 1

Individual course fee: £75  Please phone or e​-mail to discuss group rate.


27 November - Culzean Country Park


10 February - Fife
10 February - North Lanarkshire
16 February - Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen
17 February - Glasgow
18 February - E Ayrshire
11 March - East Lothian - book via East Lothian Council website
13 March - Abernethy Ardgour
5 May - North Lanarkshire
19 May - Moray
27 May - Dundee
6 June - Inverness
7 June - Fife


Teaching Orienteering Part 2

Individual c​ourse fee:  £95


Next course likely to be October 2016.

Please contact us if you'd like this course to be run.

Young Leader Award

Please contact us if you'd like this course to be run.  


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 separate page.  Attendance at this course is FREE OF CHARGE to SOA members.


13 February - venue to be confirmed
2 April - venue to be confirmed

If places are available, qualified coaches may attend this course as a refresher.

UKCC Level 1 Coach

For 2-day Level 1 courses, candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).   Costs for 2016 to be confirmed.


12-13 March (2-day course) - venue to be confirmed (NB this was previously advertised as February - this was an error!)

23-25 May (3-day course) - Edinburgh University

UKCC Level 2 Coach

Course fees for 2016 vary according to venue.

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.


19-20 March and Saturday 16 April - at Clydemuirsheil Country Park.   ONE PLACE AVAILABLE.   Course fee £290, candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland.

If there is sufficient demand, we will run a second Level 2 course in the Autumn - please get in touch if you're interested.

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 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.  These sessions form part of the UKCC Level 3 training, although attendance isn't limited to people who are committed to that qualification.  Venues will be allocated on first come first served basis - please get in touch to have your preferred date arranged for a venue near you:

23 April - Speyside - Psychology

25 June - central venue to be confirmed - Coaching the whole person:  the coach-athlete relationship, nutrition and drugs

3 September - Musselburgh - exact topic to be confirmed

24 September - Deeside (probably) - exact topic to be confirmed

In addition, some Coach CPD sessions will be included in the Volunteers' Weekend, 13-15 May at Glenmore Lodge.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2015

All of our sessions have now taken place...  output is being consolidated.


SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2014 

We have completed this year's series of CPD sessions.  Throughout the year our focus has been on sharing best ideas and producing useful materials for all coaches in Scotland.  Attention now turns to the production of the cards.

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


27 February


SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be 13-15 May 2016.   Some of the courses mentioned below will be available then.

Event Safety Workshop

please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run for your club

Event Organisers' Workshop

date tbc, Nairn, combined with Event Safety Workshop 

Grade C Controllers’ course

next course likely to be mid 2016

Grade B Controllers’ course

next course likely to be late 2016

Volunteers' Activity Weekend

Following the immensely successful weekend in September 2013, we will run the next Volunteers' Activity Weekend 13-15 May 2016.  Details will be published as they become available.

Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

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

Planners' course

none currently scheduled - please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run

Condes workshop

probably in December near Perth

OCAD workshop

will be included in Volunteers' Activity Weekend, see above

SI workshop

none currently scheduled - please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run

Please send e-mail to enquire or to book a place on a course.  We will then send you a booking form if this is required for your chosen course.
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.

Most courses are run at Glenmore Lodge;  it is our preferred venue for several reasons, not least the fact that we’ve got an excellent range of areas nearby which are suitable for a wide variety of activities.  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, please phone.  It has been known for people to send things to wrong addresses, whether e-mail or postal, and sometimes even for people to think they’ve sent things when in fact they haven’t.

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by Hilary Quick - Development Officer


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