Information and resources for coaches

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This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity.   Excellent cards to promote post-session discussion added 25 October.   Along with maps of mazes, these are available under "Resources for sessions".

25th Oct 16  

Orienteering on ITV

The ITV Border programme ‘Border Life’, 21st Oct, included a report of a Solway Orienteers event at Mark Hill that was held in August. It's about 18mins into the programme. They had an Austrian club visiting that week so they also feature, and one of the victorious GB relay team from the World University Championships the previous week was warming down by having a holiday in the region, so Megan Carter-Davies was also interviewed.

23rd Oct 16

Volunteer position: Trophy Coordinator


SOA is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the SOA trophies that are awarded to the various classes at Scottish Championships in different disciplines and the Scottish Orienteering League.

22nd Oct 16  

Moray Mix Weekend 2016

Moravian Orienteers

Compass Point Scottish O League

29-30th October
A middle distance race on Saturday and SOL 7 on Sunday, both in Culbin Forest. The weekend also incorporates the SOA Junior Inter-Area competition. Entry close after 23rd Oct. On Saturday (middle distance) they are reaching maximum course numbers on several courses, so Entry on the Day may be very limited.

Full details on the Moravian website, online entry via

21st Oct 16

National Map Reading Week

National Map Reading Week, Credit:Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey want to help people improve their map reading skills. There are lots of guides and videos to help with things like reading contours for example. Whilst not orienteering specific many of the skills are transferable.
National Map Reading Week website

17th Oct 16

CompassSport Cup 2016


Congratulations to FVO who won the large clubs competition (the Cup) and to Interløpers who won the small clubs (the Trophy) with CLYDE coming second.
Full results and statistics, report below.

17th Oct 16  

Ward Junior Home Internationals 2016

Leap to last control, Credit:Wendy Carlyle

8th/9th October 2016

England were the overall winners, with Scotland 2nd, Ireland 3rd and Wales 4th.
They were held in the North East of England as part of the October Odyssey weekend organised by Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers. Results link
Report and photos below.

11th Oct 16  

Moray Schools Sponsorship Deal

Moray Schools, Credit:Mike Rodgers

Innes & Mackay

Moray will be represented at the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival next year thanks to a generous sponsorship deal with Inverness solicitors and estate agents Innes & Mackay.
The law firm in the Highland capital are laying on a 57-seater coach that will enable the top-performing schools from the Moray Schools Orienteering Festival to represent Moray next June.

07th Oct 16  

Older items

Highland 2015 wins award… 06th Oct 16

New Funding from Cairngorm LEADER for Orienteering… 06th Oct 16

Compass Point Scottish O League 2016… 04th Oct 16

National Centre course schedule… 03rd Oct 16

BTO SOUL 8, Lanark, Nov 13… 03rd Oct 16

Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards… 03rd Oct 16

SOL 6, Fairy Knowe & Doon Hill, Oct 2… 02nd Oct 16

Controllers Training Course… 01st Oct 16

Junior Inter-Regional Championships 2016… 27th Sep 16

Scottish team selections for the Senior Home Internationals… 27th Sep 16

New SCORE Editor… 23rd Sep 16

Highland 2015 up for award… 23rd Sep 16

SCORE magazine… 22nd Sep 16

New Regional Development Officer Central / South appointed… 21st Sep 16

Hollie and Jess on the podium… 19th Sep 16

SOA Club Development Fund… 19th Sep 16

Orienteering, more than just running… 18th Sep 16

SOA Patron Karen Darke wins Gold at Rio… 15th Sep 16

Highland WOLF 2016… 10th Sep 16

Development Officer changes at Scottish Orienteering… 02nd Sep 16

Brian Porteous retires as IOF President… 30th Aug 16

World Schools’ Orienteering Championship 2017… 28th Aug 16

Email newsletters… 25th Aug 16

South of Scotland Orienteering League… 21st Aug 16

Good luck to GB team at WOC 2016!… 19th Aug 16

It’s everyone’s responsibility - Safeguarding in Sport… 12th Aug 16

Volunteers’ Weekend 2017 - short survey… 09th Aug 16

ScotJOS Summer in Sweden… 09th Aug 16

Orienteering links… 08th Aug 16

Permanent Orienteering Courses in Scotland… 08th Aug 16

SOA Annual General Meeting 2016… 03rd Aug 16

Membership Information… 02nd Aug 16

Purple Thistle 2016… 01st Aug 16

Applications invited for RDO Central/South Scotland… 22nd Jul 16

Summer orienteering at Glenmore Lodge… 22nd Jul 16

Headcam (and other forms of imaging) use during events… 21st Jul 16

BTO SOUL 6/7, Sprint Scotland, Jul 16/17… 16th Jul 16

Glasgow Parks Championships 2016… 16th Jul 16

Urban League Coordinator… 15th Jul 16

Fixtures Secretary… 11th Jul 16

Board meeting minutes… 08th Jul 16

Strategic Plan 2016-2020… 08th Jul 16

Updated Course Planning Guidance… 06th Jul 16

BTO SOUL 5, Aberdeen Westhill, June 25… 26th Jun 16

Scottish Team Selections for the 2016 VHI… 26th Jun 16

Jamie Stevenson Trophy 2016… 19th Jun 16

Start and Finish planning reminders… 17th Jun 16

Wanted, new SCORE editor… 06th Jun 16

BTO Solicitors extend SOUL series sponsorship… 02nd Jun 16

Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival - 2016… 31st May 16

Staff Changes at Scottish Orienteering… 29th May 16

The Rules of Orienteering… 27th May 16

Scottish Championships, Individual… 24th May 16

President’s medal 2016… 23rd May 16

Scottish Championships 2016… 23rd May 16

Hollie Orr is putting Scotland on the map… 23rd May 16

Equality Standard award… 22nd May 16

Scottish Championships, Relay… 22nd May 16

Volunteers’ Weekend 13-15 May… 20th May 16

British Orienteering Championships 2018… 17th May 16

Scottish Inter-club championships (SICC), rules and guidelines… 16th May 16

SOL 3, Affric North, May 8… 08th May 16

GB Junior selections, summer 2016… 07th May 16

SOA Appoints Chief Operating Officer… 04th May 16

Scottish Spring 2016… 23rd Apr 16

Dark Thistle, Craig a Barns… 23rd Apr 16

Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment… 18th Apr 16

Scottish Schools’ Festival 2016… 18th Apr 16

Moray & Highland Junior Champs 2016… 18th Apr 16

SOL 2, Culteuchar, Apr 10… 10th Apr 16

BTO SOUL 4, Livingston, Apr 9… 09th Apr 16

Operations Director vacancy… 05th Apr 16

Stirling Coaching Weekend, April 2016… 05th Apr 16

BTO SOUL 3, Paisley, Apr 3… 04th Apr 16

World Orienteering Day 11th May 2016… 03rd Apr 16

Scottish 6 Days 2017… 21st Mar 16

Anti-Doping Policy… 21st Mar 16

Coach CPD Days for 2016… 18th Mar 16

Child Protection and the PVG Scheme… 09th Mar 16

SportsAid Scotland Awards for 2016… 08th Mar 16

SOL 1, Elibank, Mar 6… 07th Mar 16

Communications Survey Results… 06th Mar 16

Clean sweep of trophies for EUOC at BUCS… 01st Mar 16

BTO Urban League 2016… 25th Feb 16

Charity Information… 15th Feb 16

Scotland Vets Selection Policy for VHI 2016… 11th Feb 16

List of Controllers… 09th Feb 16

Event Safety Training… 06th Feb 16

Scottish Night Championships 2016… 26th Jan 16

BTO SOUL 2, Sth Queensferry, Feb 7… 26th Jan 16

Equality and Diversity Policy… 26th Jan 16

BTO SOUL 1, Edinburgh, Jan 23… 24th Jan 16

Junior Selection Opportunities… 11th Jan 16

ScotJOS: call for volunteers to support the squad… 11th Jan 16

ScotJOS Programme 2016… 11th Jan 16

Orienteering Techniques by Gareth Bryan-Jones… 07th Jan 16

Funding Opportunities… 07th Jan 16

Regular Orienteering Map Programme… 22nd Dec 15

Funding for UKCC courses… 15th Dec 15

Ian Robertson 1932-2015… 14th Dec 15