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LATEST ITEMS:  Changes to UKCC course fees, dates for Coach CPD in 2015.



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.


7 May - Wishaw (course full)
7 May - John Paul Academy, Glasgow
21 May - Moray
24 October - Glenmore Lodge
12 November - Borders
13 November - Fife
16 November - Aberdeenshire
date to be arranged in Dumfries & Galloway


10 February 2016 - Fife



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.  


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.

28 March - Kinnoull Hill
9 May - Aberdeenshire (Deeside Activity Park)
18 April - Dalbeattie
25 April - Musselburgh
12 September - Glasgow
19 September - Inverness

If places are available, qualified coaches may attend this course as a refresher.

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 max. £260 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding up to £81 available for eligible candidates.

14-15 March - CANCELLED

6-7 June - possibly Aberdeenshire, possibly different date

31 October - 1 November


UKCC Level 2 Coach

Course fee for 2015 is £355 (fully residential at Glenmore Lodge).  Funding of £146 available for eligible candidates.

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.


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


UKCC Level 3 Coach

Course fee for 2015 is £595 (at Glenmore Lodge, non-residential).  Funding of £400 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  - the course is now FULL (though some spaces are available on the CPD sessions - see below)

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2015

Provisional dates for 2015 - venues will be allocated shortly.  Please get in touch if you'd like a session to be run near you, and indicate your preferred date.

Saturday 21st March - Moray (Spynie village hall, near Elgin)

Sunday 19th April - cancelled

Saturday 30th May - Stirling or Dunblane

Saturday 4th July - Dalbeattie

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.

These arrangements are subject to confirmation of funding from sportscotland.

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

ran on 28 February 2015 - next will be in 2017




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.  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.  

Sunday 29 March - Family Coaching Day, St Mags, Perth


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!



SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be in 2016. 

Event Safety Workshop

7 March - Banchory 

Event Organisers' Workshop

none currently scheduled - please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run

Grade C Controllers’ course

courses in 2015 to be arranged

Grade B Controllers’ course

21st March 2015 - Deeside Activity Park

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

none currently scheduled - please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run

Condes workshop

none currently scheduled - please get in touch if you'd like this course to be run

OCAD workshop

September (exact date to be confirmed) - Perth

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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