Month: August 2020

Updated Risk Assessments

In light of new guidelines being published yesterday, we have updated our Covid risk assessments for club use.

Event Covid Risk Assessment Updated 27th August 2020

Covid 19 risk assessment phase 3 v2 27082020 Published

Coaching Covid Risk Assessment Updated 28th August 2020

C-19 RA Coaches updated 28 Aug 20 Phase 3 v6 (1)

Enjoy Banff Mountain Film Festival From Your Sofa

Enjoy an epic night of adventure with access to a collection of extraordinary films from the world’s best mountain film festival! Plus the really great news is that Scottish Orienteering members get a discount!

Featuring super-human challenges, soulful journeys and spectacular cinematography captured in the wildest corners of the planet, you can celebrate the outdoors from the comfort of your sofa! 

Watch the trailers here

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is hosting virtual events in September and October and you can choose between two different film programmes (or watch them both!). Join the events live or watch at a time that suits you plus there is a load of additional content, filmmaker interviews and prizes to give away during the events!  

Use the code SCOFILMS10 when booking to receive a 10% discount off your virtual pass. See for more info and to book tickets.

Local and Regional Events Get the Green Light!

We are back! Local and Regional events can resume with immediate effect! Following the First Minister’s announcement last Thursday we have worked closely with sportscotland to gain approval for the return of local and regional events.

“From the 24 August 2020 outdoor contact sport training, activity and competition in an organised setting may resume with a maximum of 30 people taking part in any one session. ”

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COVID Officer online Information Session

Club COVID Officer and COVID supporting team online Information Session Friday 4 Sept 7:30-8:30

Newly appointed COVID officer and support team?

Please join to review role(s) and the updated guidance. Bring your Q’s and let’s discuss. Hosted Denise M and Tim O’D

Sign up here by Thursday 3 Sept

SOA Guidelines Under Review

We welcome the First Minister’s statement on 20th August with significant steps forward and dates provided for the wider sport sector. We stand in solidarity with the indoor sports who have yet to return but at least now have a date to plan towards the reopening of facilities.

There will be some changes to be made to the SOA Guidelines. We had a positive discussion with sportscotland today around the relaxing of some event restrictions and will seek approval for amendments to be published early next week.

Successful Online Introducing Orienteering Training

As part of SOAs response to the Covid-19 situation the staff development team has been exploring new ways of supporting training through delivery of online courses. Over a block of 4 weekly sessions in July and August we were able to deliver our first online Introducing Orienteering course to 18 Leisure and Learning staff from Aberdeenshire Council.

Interactive online school exercise planning
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ScotJOS Training Restarted

ScotJOS, the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad, enjoyed their 1st post Lockdown training session on Sunday at Kinnoull Hill.

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The 2020 EGM booklet is now published

We welcome you to join us for our online EGM on 25th September at 7.30pm following the deferment of our business at our AGM earlier this year. We have now published our EGM booklet including the proposals for your consideration.

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Launch of new Event Officials Guidelines and Framework

The following document gives guidance to Event Officials and clubs by showing them useful pathways to growing our advanced officials of the future.  We all know how difficult it can be to find an Organiser, Planner or Controller for an event and this just gets harder the bigger the event.  This new document was created to make it as simple as possible, to encourage as much as possible and to support the membership and clubs in general in producing and encouraging orienteers to get involved as volunteers; our most valuable resource and something that we cannot run our sport without!

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