National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  NEW DATES:  Event Safety Workshop 25 May at Dunblane;  UKCC Level 1 30 September - 1 October;  also COACHING FOUNDATION Saturday 10 June, in Nairn - now taking bookings. VERY few places left on adults' TD4/5 coaching weekend, 17 & 18 June.  

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).  Usual 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.  NB Places are going fast, please book early to avoid disappointment!

17 June - coaching and cake - a relaxed day of TD4/5 exercises, with optional open water swim 
18 June - full-on technical coaching for any adult 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.

  • 1 & 8 June - West Dunbartonshire
  • May or June - course planned for Angus - watch for details
  • September 28 (evening) & 29 (afternoon) - East Lothian

We often add dates to suit local requirements, in which case this list will be changed promptly.  


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.  Course fee £60 per person.  Further details are available on a separate page.  

  • 10 June - Nairn Community Centre
  • June or July? - course likely to run in Central Belt

UKCC Level 1 Coach

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

30 September - 1 October.  Venue to be confirmed, likely to be "north".  course fee £250.  Book using Wufoo form.

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

There will also be a 3-day UKCC L1 course at Glenmore Lodge 1-3 December.  Please e-mail Hilary Quick via the Contacts page for further information.

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

Dates are being finalised for four sessions this year;  all O coaches welcome, no charge, and lunches will be provided!

  • July - Moray - improving our questioning skills
  • September - Dumfries & Galloway - effective and enjoyable warmups and cooldowns
  • September - Glenmore Lodge (as part of the Volunteers' Weekend) - "Coaching Safely in Remote Areas"
  • October? - Aberdeenshire? - technical sessions for mixed ability groups

Coach Educator/Tutor updates

Tutor update was held on 28 January;  an additional one will be held on 31 May.  This is for tutors of Introducing Orienteering (formerly Teaching Orienteering).  Anyone who attended on 28 January is welcome at the one on 31 May, but they are not required to attend both.  Venue to be confirmed.  Attendance limited to qualified tutors.


SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be on 1 April;  details on separate page.

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

Tutors are now scattered across several clubs (see list); please contact Hilary Quick if you'd like to become a tutor for it.  We strongly recommend mixed-club workshops! 

  • 25 May (evening) - Dunblane
  • Tuesday 27 June (evening) at Aviemore Community Sport Hub

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

date and venue of the next course are under discussion - please get in touch if you'd like to attend

Grade B Controllers’ course

16 & 17 September at Volunteers' Weekend


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.  

Photo of authorPosted on 11th Jan 17
by Hilary Quick