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Appointment of new Chief Operating Officer

I am delighted to announce that Nikki Howard has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer for the Scottish Orienteering Association.

Many of you will know Nikki already both as a competitor and a member of Moravian Orienteering Club. During the past year Nikki has also been employed by the SOA as the Events & Operations Manager and Assistant Coordinator for the Scottish 6 Days.

We were very pleased with the number of very high quality applications we received for the post which reflects on the exciting times that lie ahead with the World Orienteering Championships coming to Scotland in 2024.

We’ll announce plans for Nikki’s current SOA and 6 Days work in due course. In the meantime please give Nikki your support as she takes on her new role.

Richard Oxlade

On behalf of the SOA Board

6th February, 2023

Pairing Up At The Big Weekend 

The idea of competitive pairs was mooted last year and we were delighted when Edinburgh University readily agreed to trial the concept at their Big Weekend. So why would anyone be interested in running in a competitive pair? It turns out there are lots of reasons!


3rd February, 2023

Do you have experience with child well-being and protection at work or in a club?

The Scottish Orienteering Association are seeking help from someone with experience of equality and/or safeguarding procedures in a work or club environment to help with the role of Director of Welfare. This role is crucial to the development of orienteering and to ensure orienteering is a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport for all.

As Director you would be working with the SOA Chief Operating Officer to provide advice and support in implementing appropriate equality, diversity, safeguarding and PVG practices. We are looking for either a member of the orienteering community or someone from outwith orienteering who can bring alternative experience to this role.

Could you can help guide SOA strategy to ensure that orienteering is a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport for all and help to increase participation from under represented groups and communities? More information about the role can be found here and any questions about what is involved should be directed to Keith Dawson chair@scottish-orienteering.org

2nd February, 2023

Buff Design Competition 

In 2022 we revisitalised the Young Leaders Program. The program now comprises three components for young planners (age 12+), young coaching assistants (age 14+) and young organisers (age 16+). We spoke to our young leaders about what they would like as a form of recognition. The Young Leaders said they would like a buff. 

Therefore we are opening up a competition for Juniors to design a buff for the Young Leaders. To enter, design a buff with a different colour variation for each type of young leader. We want the buff to be instantly identifiable as a Young Leader’s buff with a colour variation for each role. 


1st February, 2023

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