Information category: Resources


Updated Course Planning Guidance

For many years, Graham Nilsen’s “Course Planning” document has been considered a prime source of guidance on the practicalities of planning orienteering courses.  Although many of the principles remain valid, much of the detail has become obsolete in the 20+ years since it was written.  I have therefore re-written it (with Mr Nilsen’s blessing), and the updated document is now available for download. 

06th Jul 16   Read more...


Start and Finish planning reminders

Common Issues

Although aimed at planners and controllers the rules and guidelines about what happens at the start and finish should be of interest to competitors too.

17th Jun 16   Read more...


SOA Club Development Fund

The next deadline for applications to the SOA Club Development Fund is 1st October 2016.  Applications should be submitted to Colin Matheson during September 2016.  

16th May 16   Read more...


Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment

The SOA has produced a Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment in Scotland. The document is written for orienteers, and is intended to assist in securing access to land for events, particularly where there are concerns about nature conservation.

18th Apr 16   Read more...


Information and resources for coaches

SOA Coach logo

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.  Document describing New Zealand's Coaching Philosophy added 5 April 2016 - essential reading for all coaches!  Also new material for mazes added 28 April;  cones grids coming soon...

05th Apr 16   Read more...


List of Controllers

List of SOA controllers sorted by club, including their home town.

At the foot of this web page, there are links to download the SOA application forms for appointment to Grade C controller, and to upgrade to Grade B controller.  (Please use the Word doc in preference to the pdf, if you can.)

Grade B controllers who are interested to upgrade to Grade A should contact the SOA Controllers' Co-ordinator, Rob Hickling, who can advise you on the process for applying to British Orienteering.

09th Feb 16   Read more...


Funding Opportunities

Various sources of funding are still available for club development projects.  In addition to SOA development funding, sportscotland offer links to funding that might be appropriate to orienteering club projects.

07th Jan 16   Read more...


Chasing Perfection

Michael Johnson, Credit:Channel 4

Channel 4 & Open University collaboration

Authored by one of the world’s most successful athletes, Michael Johnson looks at how sports science has changed immeasurably in the last 20 years. Exploring how those changes have impacted on the world of sport, and what role it plays in creating exceptional athletes.
You will be able to learn a lot from watching the programmes and the material on the OU website - as an elite athlete or as a participation orienteer.

22nd Nov 15   Read more...


Older items

LiDAR data available… 23rd Oct 15

Orienteering using QR codes… 04th May 15

Start Clocks… 01st Apr 15

Condes for course planning… 29th Sep 14

Map Printing Service… 01st Jan 14

Electronic resources… 20th Sep 13

Scottish Orienteering marketing kit launched… 25th Mar 13

Information sources for Event Officials… 18th Dec 12

Dynamic stretching explained… 09th Jan 12

What’s different about Sprint… 16th Mar 09

Documents & Forms Archive… 14th Dec 08

Materials for Junior Incentive Scheme… 02nd Sep 08

Certificate Templates… 02nd Sep 08

Development Funding… 20th Dec 07

Help for Clubs… 01st Jul 07

Orienteering links… 01st Jul 07

Beginners guide video… 03rd Jan 07

Major event Rescue Plan… 24th Jan 06