National Centre course schedule
LATEST ITEMS: Grade C Controllers' Course Inverness 19 November; Event Safety Workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh 7 and 21 November respectively. Places available on Coaching Foundation course in Speyside on Saturday 22 October.
TECHNIQUE & PERSONAL PERFORMANCE
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.
The next session planned for 2016 will be on 24 September, for adults at TD4-5 level. This is followed by the ever-popular "Christmas avoidance" days, 22 December 2016 - 3 January 2017. Please use this form to book your place.
Teaching Orienteering courses
Unless stated otherwise, book by e-mail to Hilary Quick via the Contacts page.
Teaching Orienteering Part 1
Course fee £70 per person (discounts apply when 6 or more are invoiced together)
27 October & 3 November (twilight sessions) - Alves PS, Moray
15 Oct - Glenmore Lodge
10 February - Borders
13 or 14 February - Ayrshire
15 February - Lanarkshire
15 February - Fife
16 February - Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire
16 February - Oban (or thereabouts)
17 February - Glasgow
22 February - Highland
3 March - Abernethy Ardgour
Some of these dates are liable to change to suit local requirements, in which case this list will be changed promptly.
Teaching Orienteering Part 2
Course fee £85 per person.
16 Oct - Glenmore Lodge
Young Leader Award
Please contact us if you'd like this course to be run.
TRAINING FOR COACHES
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. Course fee (SOA members) is £20, to cover lunch and venue costs. Non-members are welcome; please ask about rates.
- 22 October - probably at Glenmore Lodge
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).
The next Level 1 course will be run in March or April 2017. Details to follow.
Subsidies are usually available from sportscotland for this course, for eligible candidates.
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.
8-9 October - Kinnoull, near Perth. Course fee £300. Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland. Bookings now CLOSED.
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. Three of these sessions form part of the UKCC Level 3 training, although attendance isn't limited to people who are committed to that qualification. Our "mental" session in April will be 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
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.
COURSES FOR OFFICIALS
SOA Club Development Conference
The next Club Development Conference will be later in 2016.
We held another enjoyable and informative Volunteers' Weekend 13-15 May; reports and other information is on the separate page. We hope to run the next one 13-15 September 2017.
Event Safety Workshop
26 September - Argus Centre, Selkirk, 6-9.30pm, tutor Lindsey Knox; book direct with Lindsey or by e-mail to
7 November - Glasgow - venue tbc - 6:30-9:30pm, tutor Roger Scrutton. Book by e-mail to
21 November - Edinburgh - venue tbc - 6:30-9:30pm, tutor Roger Scrutton. Book by e-mail to
November date tbc - Inverness
Event Organisers' Workshop
This is often combined with the Event Safety Workshop for a comprehensive training session for event officials.
Grade C Controllers’ course
19 November - Inverness. Book by e-mail to
Grade B Controllers’ course
next course likely to be early 2017
Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops
These are often run locally; please phone to discuss your requirements. Currently available:
This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.
This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.
can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch
Open Orienteering Mapping software workshop
might be scheduled soon, watch this space!
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.