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LATEST ITEMS:  Event Safety Workshop 14th November, Nairn.  UKCC courses and Coach CPD for 2016 now in the calendar.



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!



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.


24 October - Glenmore Lodge - cancelled
12 November - Borders
13 November - Fife
16 November - Aberdeenshire
19 November - Perth


10 February - Fife
17 February - Glasgow
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


25 October - Glenmore Lodge - cancelled

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

2015 & 2016 - all Level 1 courses will be 2 days, and candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).  2015 course fee max. £260 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding up to £81 available for eligible candidates.  Costs for 2016 to be confirmed.

31 October - 1 November - Glenmore Lodge.  CANCELLED


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

UKCC Level 2 Coach

Course fees for 2016 to be confirmed.

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 - venue near Glasgow to be confirmed

UKCC Level 3 Coach

Course fee for 2015 is £595 (at Glenmore Lodge, non-residential).  Funding of £400 available for eligible candidates.

This qualification has now been accepted to be awarded by SQA.  Modules will also be open to coaches qualified at UKCC Level 2 (or equivalent) or working towards that.  

6-8 November - Glenmore Lodge  - the course is now FULL (though some spaces are available on the CPD sessions - see below)

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2016

Four Saturday sessions with the theme "working together to strengthen coaching in the area"; 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

25 June

3 September

24 September

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

Most of our sessions have now taken place...

Friday evening and Saturday 6th and 7th November (piggy-backing on the UKCC L3 course) - Glenmore Lodge - £20 per session (includes refreshments)

Saturday 21st November - Musselburgh

With the exception of the sessions on 6-7th November, attendance at these sessions is free of charge to SOA members who are licensed coaches;  unlicensed coaches and other interested people may attend if places are available, at a cost of £20 per session.

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

14 November, Nairn - combined with Event Organisers' Workshop.    

Event Organisers' Workshop

14 November, Nairn, combined with Event Safety Workshop.

Grade C Controllers’ course

next course likely to be late 2015

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

6 October in Dunkeld

Condes workshop

probably in November near Perth

OCAD workshop

probably during October near Perth

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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