Month: March 2017
SOA BOARD VACANCY: Independent Director
We wish to appoint someone from one of the following areas: education, the charity sector, finance, the legal sector, governance, equality, volunteering, marketing and publicity. An Independent Director must have no material connection with The Scottish Orienteering Association and is therefore unlikely to be an active member, although knowledge or experience of sports or outdoor activities would be an advantage.
A full Job Description for this position is available on request from me, Roger Scrutton (firstname.lastname@example.org). ;We would be pleased to hear from members if they have friends, acquaintances or colleagues from outside SOA who might be interested in filling this position.
The Scottish Orienteering Association membership
Period of tenure: Three years from 20th May 2017
To help the Board of SOA shape and execute its strategy for the development of orienteering in Scotland.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Attend SOA Board meetings (normally 4 per year) and engage in correspondence between meetings to offer independent advice on the full range of SOA business
- Ensure that the strategic leadership of the SOA is equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet inherent challenges
- Maintain independent oversight of the policies, rules, guidelines and standards adopted by the SOA as a Scottish Governing Body of sport
- Support the SOA in engaging with partners, funding bodies and other external agencies
- Work with and provide advice to staff and volunteers as they deliver the SOA’s strategic objectives
- Act as an impartial counsellor for Directors, staff, volunteers or members who might wish to bring forward confidential issues
Scottish Championships 2017
The Scottish Champs is delegated to East District every three years. We have no areas to rival North and West, so normally everyone is driving many hours back and forth up the A9. So it was a delight to have it somewhat local on the very best areas available in the Lothians. Thanks to ELO for noticing that the Strains live on a quality urban area and staging the Friday warm-up. Thanks to ESOC et al for a typically Esocian Saturday race and to INT et al for a characteristically Interlopery job on Sunday. vive la difference!
Graeme Ackland, INT.
Friday 19th (evening), Tranent.
ELO is hosting the 5th event in the bto Scottish Orienteering Urban League as a prologue to the 2017 Scottish Championships.
We welcome you to the historic town of Tranent, site of the first recorded coal mining anywhere, and the first tracked railway in Scotland.
Details and results on the ELO website.
Saturday 20th May Gullane, Archerfield, and Yellowcraig
The finest area in East Lothian featuring an extensive series of open and forested coastal dunes between Gullane and Dirleton, remapped from LiDaR with sections new to orienteering, with the event centre at Archerfield Walled Garden.
This event wil incorporate the Scottish Inter-Club Championships (SICC)
Sunday 21st May. Binning Wood
Newly remapped and derhodoed, with a complex ride network unchanged since the original 1755 map.
SportsAid Scotland Awards 2017
Congratulations to the following junior athletes who have been awarded grants from the Robertson Trust by SportsAid Scotland to help them meet their training and competition costs for the coming year.
Freddie Carcas INT £500
Jake Chapman MAROC £1,000
Grace Molloy FVO £1,000
Finlay Todd INVOC £500
The Robertson Trust is a charity which was established in 1961 by three sisters, Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson, when they donated their shares in the family business, founded in the 1850s by their grandfather William Robertson, to the Trust for charitable purposes. It is through the foresight of these three sisters, and the continuing hard work and generosity of the present Trustees, that SportsAid Scotland is able to provide these awards. The SOA are asked to nominate juniors who are most likely to go on to represent Scotland at senior level and to succeed on the national and international stage.
They all represented Scotland in 2016 and Jake and Grace represented Great Britain at the European Youth Championships and Junior European Cup, with Grace achieving 4th place at EYOC Sprint. They were all selected for the GB Talent Squad in 2017.
SOA & FVO appoint new Club Development Officer
Chris will be known to many of you as a member of the GBR squad and World Championships competitor. He also has a wide range of experience in promoting, organising and coaching orienteering at all levels. Chris will be working with the FVO committee on his priorities for the immediate future and looking further ahead. In addition, FVO are working with the SOA regional development officer, Rona Lindsay, on additional projects.
Congratulations Chris and welcome to the team!
FVO are fully funding this post thanks to the support of sportscotland and great efforts by the FVO committee.
Chris will be working approx. 1 day / week and his contact details are:
Forth Valley Orienteers
Focus Clubs Initiative
We currently have capacity to support eight Focus Clubs throughout Scotland. If you’d like your club to be part of this exciting programme, there are a number of criteria which we’ll be using to select the eight clubs. Clubs will need to meet, or show that you’re willing to work towards, the following criteria:
• First and foremost, readiness to embrace change
• Willingness to commit club funds to contribute to costs of employing Club Development Officer (with remainder of funding coming directly from SOA and third parties – e.g. sportscotland Direct Club Investment)
• Take part in a club accreditation scheme
• Up-to-date Constitution & robust Development Plan
• Membership of at least one local Community Sports Hub
• Willingness to contribute to open map sharing – publicly share 3 quality club maps for use by anyone with interest in orienteering (subject to sensible restrictions to protect access)
• Modern & effective membership communication systems
To express interest please contact Rona Lindsay at email@example.com or Johannes Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
SOA Event levies 2018
The board reserves the right to propose changes to event levies or memberships at a future date, depending upon the results of this trial and any other factors which become relevant. If it becomes necessary to propose a change to the levy rate, this will be brought forward to the AGM in the usual way.