National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  Tutor CPD cancelled.  Now taking bookings for:  Coaching Foundation course 2 April, Grade C Controllers' course in Speyside 16 April.  

06th Jan 16

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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 tuition is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.

Two weekends are planned for 2016:

  • 16-17 April
  • 18-19 June

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 (except for courses marked *)
date tbc - North Lanarkshire
16 February - Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen
17 February - Glasgow - CANCELLED
17 February - Fortrose
18 February - E Ayrshire
date tbc - Galashiels
11 March - East Lothian * - book via East Lothian Council website
11 March - Abernethy Ardgour
23 March - Lochore Meadows, Fife
19 May - Moray
27 May - Dundee
6 June - Inverness
7 June - Fife
15 Oct - Glenmore Lodge

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.

13 February - Kinnoull, near Perth - bookings now closed.
2 April - Kinnoull, near Perth

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).   

12-13 March (2-day course) - Glenmore Lodge.  Course fee £250.  COURSE FULL

23-25 May (3-day course) - Edinburgh University.  COURSE CANCELLED

17-18 September (2-day course) - Glenmore Lodge.  Course fee £250.

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.

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

8-9 October - Glenmore Lodge.  Course fee to be confirmed.  Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland.  Closing date 15 September 2016.

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 - Kincraig (near Aviemore) - Psychology

25 June - Kinnoull (near Perth) - Coaching the whole person:  the coach-athlete relationship, nutrition and drugs

3 September - Deeside - technical or physical coaching - exact topic to be confirmed

24 September - Musselburgh (prob.) - 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

Tutor update planned for February has been 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.

Volunteers' Weekend

Following the immensely successful weekend in September 2013, we will run the next Volunteers' Weekend 13-15 May 2016, to include some of these courses and workshops.  More information is on the separate page.

Event Safety Workshop

31 January - Nairn
date tbc - Stirling
date tbc - Dalbeattie
date tbc - Edinburgh or Glasgow

This course will also be offered at the Volunteers' Weekend.

Event Organisers' Workshop

31 January, Nairn, combined with Event Safety Workshop 

This course will also be offered at the Volunteers' Weekend.

Grade C Controllers’ course

16 April - Speyside

Grade B Controllers’ course

next course likely to be late 2016 or early 2017

 

Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

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

Planners' course

18 January (evening) - Nairn
This course will also will be offered during the Volunteers' Activity Weekend

Condes workshop

will be offered during the Volunteers' Activity Weekend

OCAD workshop

will be offered during the Volunteers' Activity Weekend

SI workshop

will be offered during the Volunteers' Activity Weekend

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