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  

LiDAR data available

LiDAR coverage map 2015, Credit:Google Earth

Areas covered updated Oct 2015

Through an agreement with sportscotland (and the Scottish Government) there is now further availability of LiDAR data (Phase 2).  This data set supplements the Phase 1 data which has been widely used by orienteering clubs in Scotland.

23rd Oct 15  

Orienteering using QR codes

iOrienteering marker

QR codes appear in adverts and information leaflets, and are most often used as a quick way to get to a particular web page.  You install a QR code scanner on your smartphone, then scan the code with the camera’s phone!  Scarily simple, or just plain scary to those of us who remember punch-cards for both orienteering and computing. 
There are now a few phone apps that allow you to use these QR codes for orienteering, thereby opening up all manner of opportunities with very little effort, and making the sport instantly more attractive to the many people who love their electronic gizmos.

04th May 15  

Start Clocks

Start clock display

The SOA has five sets of clocks that can be used at race starts or finish to show race time. These clocks are designed to be a “Turn on and Go” system for an event start. User guide updated 20th Apr 2015.

01st Apr 15  

SOA Club Development Fund

The next deadline for applications to the SOA Club Development Fund is 1st March 2016.

19th Nov 14  

Condes for course planning

Condes Screen shot

The Condes User Guide has been updated for use with version 9 of the Condes software, which offers several improvements in both functionality and interface.  Of particular interest to coaches and anyone planning unconventional events is the ability to do things to the underlying map - see section 17 of the User Guide.

29th Sep 14  

Map Printing Service

Stirling Surveys logo

The SOA has a contract with Stirling Surveys for laser printing of maps for training and competition. Stirling Surveys will normally print at the most appropriate size of paper for the course;  waterproof paper is used as standard.
Updated Jan 2014

01st Jan 14  

List of Controllers

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

28th Sep 13  

Older items

Electronic resources… 20th Sep 13

Scottish Orienteering marketing kit launched… 25th Mar 13

List of Coaches… 22nd Mar 13

Information sources for Event Officials… 18th Dec 12

Access Links… 26th Jan 12

Dynamic stretching explained… 09th Jan 12

Funding Opportunities… 01st Jan 12

Information and resources for coaches… 17th Feb 11

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

Training Facilities… 29th Jun 07

Training resources… 29th Jun 07

Beginners guide video… 03rd Jan 07

Major event Rescue Plan… 24th Jan 06