National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  Coach CPD on 3 September will now be at Creag Vinean near Dunkeld;  bookings open for Coaching Foundation course 16 September near Perth, UKCC L1 17-18 September at Glenmore Lodge, and UKCC L2 8-9 & 29 October near Perth.  For most courses there is now a specific on-line booking form.

06th Jul 16

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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.

The next session planned for 2016 will be on 24 September.  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 (except for courses marked *)
15 Oct - Glenmore Lodge

Dates for autumn 2016 and early 2017 will be publised soon.

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.  


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.

  • Friday 16 September - course to be run at Kinnoull
  • October - course likely to be run at Glenmore Lodge

Please use this form to book your place.

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).   

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

Subsidies are usually available from sportscotland for this course, for eligible candidates.   To book please use this form. Closing date 2 August 2016.

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.  Closing date 15 September 2016.  To book please use this form.

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

Please use this form to book on any of these sessions.

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.


SOA Club Development Conference

The next Club Development Conference will be later in 2016.

Volunteers' Weekend

We held another enjoyable and informative Volunteers' Weekend 13-15 May;  reports and other information is on the separate page.

Event Safety Workshop

July? date tbc - Dalbeattie
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

next course likely to be early 2017

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:

Planners' course

This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.

Condes workshop

This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.

OCAD workshop

can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch

Open Orienteering Mapping software workshop

to be scheduled soon, watch this space!

SI workshop

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 48 hours, please phone.  

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by Hilary Quick