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LATEST ITEMS:  Date confirmed for Grade C Controllers’ course: 29th November 2014.  UKCC dates for 2015, including new Level 3 modules and Coaching Foundation course.



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.


October ?? - Renfrewshire
17 November - Moray


18 February - Kingussie/Laggan
6 March - Ardgour, near Fort William
21 May - Moray



Teaching Orienteering Part 2

Individual course fee:  £95


25 October - Glenmore Lodge

Young Leader Award


Please contact us if you'd like this course to be run.  The following courses are pencilled in:

autumn 2014 - Aviemore
autumn 2014 - Tain



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.

7 March - Inverness or Nairn
13 March - Glenmore
28 March - Kinnoull Hill
11 April - Aberdeenshire
18 April - Dalbeattie
25 April - Edinburgh
30 May - Glasgow
19 September - Inverness

UKCC Level 1 Coach


2015 - all Level 1 courses will be 2 days, and candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).  Course fee £260 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding up to £101.50 available for eligible candidates.

14-15 March

20-21 June

31 October - 1 November


UKCC Level 2 Coach

Course fee for 2015 is £355 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding of £149 available for eligible candidates.

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


16-17 May and 13 June (candidates must attend all three days)


UKCC Level 3 Coach

Course fee for 2015 is £680 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding of £446 available for eligible candidates.

Work is in hand to get the Level 3 qualification accredited with SQA.  Modules will also be open to coaches qualified at UKCC Level 2 (or equivalent) or working towards that.


6-8 November - Glenmore Lodge

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2014 

We have one more CPD workshop planned for 2014, probably in Dalbeattie, date to be confirmed.  Throughout the year our focus has been 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

Update session held 16 February 2013;  the next is scheduled for early 2015.




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;  fee £30 per person per day, £10 discount for SOA members.  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 improving your orienteering.  Dates for 2014 will be advertised shortly.



SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be in 2016..  

Event Safety Workshop

13th December 2014, Tomatin.  Book by e-mail lto Johannes.

Event Organisers' Workshop

13th December 2014, Tomatin.  Book by e-mail to Johannes.

Grade C Controllers’ course

29th November, 2014, Perth.  Please get in touch if you haven't already and wish to attend this course.

Grade B Controllers’ course

The next offering will be in spring 2015.  Please get in touch if you would like to attend this course. 

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.  This includes:

Condes workshop

SI workshop

For courses that do not state any particular booking method, please use the standard booking form DOC or PDF
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. 

Unless specified otherwise, please send a booking form DOC or PDF, or Contact us for further information.  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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