Month: September 2020

It’s almost time! SOA EGM time!

There is still time to register so that we can welcome you to join us online for our EGM this Friday 25th September at 7.30pm (following the deferment of our business at our AGM earlier this year). Or use the links below to vote online if you cannot attend.

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Sport events limited to 200 participants

One change to our Event Guidelines following the First Minister’s announcement about new restrictions coming into effect across Scotland is that events will be subject to a limit of 200 participants effective as of today. Please note that 200 is inclusive of organisers, officials and volunteers at the event.

Total numbers taking part in training, competition or events, should not exceed 200 people in any one day, including organisers, officials and participants. Once an individual has completed their activity, they should immediately vacate the ‘field of play’ and are then subject to normal household rules.

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Developing our Planners

Scottish Orienteering relies on the skills of the volunteer members to plan the courses we all enjoy participating in. More planners = healthy options for clubs. Join the movement.

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Sport is exempt from 6 people guidelines.

Following the First Minister’s announcement last Thursday we felt it was important to clarify that ‘organised sport’ is exempt from the new 6 people from 2 households guidelines which came into effect on Monday 14th September. Therefore we have been given approval from sportscotland to continue with our SOA Guidelines published on 26th August which permit local and regional events as well as club activities.

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SOA Launch Post-Viral Support Network

Today we launch an important support service for those affected and effected by the Covid pandemic. We recognise the impact the virus can have on our social connectedness and want to form a support network within orienteering for those that may wish to share, learn and gain support. If you have experienced Covid and are struggling with the long term impacts, please do get in touch with our volunteer-led SOA Support Network (support@scottish-orienteering.org )

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SOA 2019 Audited Accounts Published

Ahead of our EGM on Friday 25th September we are publishing our 2019 Audited Accounts. On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank Ben Hartman our Finance Director for his time and expertise and extend our thanks Brian Miller, our Independent Auditor.

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PVG Applications Go Online

Great news! We can now process PVG online application forms for new members to join the scheme and for existing members to update their records. We hope this simplifies the process for volunteers within orienteering to become PVG Scheme members and ensure we safeguard our sport.

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SOA Seeks A Director of Welfare

The Board of Directors wishes Stephen Moffatt all the best as he takes on a new professional role. Stephen has been a valued member of the Board bringing his experience from British Triathlon and sharing his learning. We are now actively seeking a new Director of Welfare to ensure orienteering is a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport for all.

We welcome expressions of interest from our members or from outwith the sport to bring an alternative perspective and experience to the role of Director of Welfare.

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Welcome back, Fran

Last week we welcomed back Fran Britain from furlough. Fran has returned to her as administrator for the SOA one day a week at the moment and will focus on communicating with our new members who have joined SOA during lockdown.