Development Officer changes at Scottish Orienteering

The only constant is change. And on that note we are in touch with you again to inform you about staff changes within Scottish Orienteering. This time it concerns our Development Officers.
We had four Development Officers working across Scotland to help primarily with club development and to support SOA and club membership growth. All four of these staff members have done a fantastic job, helping to raise awareness of the sport in very difficult times. A big Team High Five to …

02nd Sep 16

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Mike Rodgers

Mike Rodgers
Mike started back in August 2012 to focus on the club development of Moravian. Thanks to his vast experience in orienteering and his enthusiasm, he was able to support the club to raise membership to well over 200. He can be proud of his achievements over these past four years and we are wishing him all the best with his career at the National Trust for Scotland’s property, Brodie Castle.

Mel Nicoll

Mel Nicoll
Local to Birnam, Mel has focussed on Tayside Orienteers and has been working hard to develop and promote the benefits of membership – a healthy programme of local events, coaching opportunities, regular training nights, improved capture and retention of potential member contact details and regular communication with them. Mel will continue to be involved in the club and will otherwise focus on her work with the John Muir Trust.

Sarah Dunn

Sarah Dunn
Sarah’s home in Aboyne was a perfect base to work with MAROC and she has done so since February 2015. A primary focus initially was to re-invigorate membership in the Aboyne area where it had declined significantly in recent years, while aiming to maintain the club’s strong base in Banchory. Activities have focussed on autumn and spring blocks of introductory sessions for families and after-school clubs in both Banchory and Aboyne. 

With Sarah's contract coming to an end, she has been working on an application to the Cairngorms LEADER Programme for funds for a completely new kind of project, called Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment (COPE). This is an innovative departure for orienteering and we of course hope the application will succeed – watch this space!

Johannes Petersen

Johannes Petersen
And last but certainly not least, Johannes Petersen will remain the Club Development Officer for INVOC and BASOC until October 2016. At which time his role will morph into the new Regional Development Officer North. We are delighted that Johannes will stay on board in this exciting new role after all his great achievements with his local clubs. Great to have you on board, Johannes!

We hope to be appointing a new Regional Development Officer (Central / South) within the next few weeks.

Scottish Orienteering is extremely grateful for the dedication, hard work, bright ideas and new initiatives that all four have brought to their jobs. Our thanks to sportscotland and the Robertson and Davidson Trusts for helping us to fund these positions. Here is to the next chapter of development work within orienteering! 

Posted on 02nd Sep 16
by Stef Lauer