Club Toolkit

The Scottish Orienteering Club Toolkit has been created to support clubs in their successful development and ongoing operation. It’s a resource for clubs which brings together a wide variety of helpful information, tools and ideas in one place which is easily accessible for those who need it.

If you have any comments on what could be added or amended to make this toolkit even stronger, please contact sarah@scottish-orienteering.org

Club Governance

Policies and Procedures

Club Committees and Constitutions

Club Accreditation

  • Scottish Orienteering Club Accreditation Scheme – Our accreditation scheme helps clubs to demonstrate high operational standards and to increase their credibility with official bodies, funders, landowners and other partners. There are three levels of award: bronze, silver and gold.

Good Conduct and Orienteering Rules

Wellbeing, Equality & Child Protection


Club Activities

Covid-19 Guidelines and Resources

Staging Events

  • British Orienteering Resource Library – All orienteering events in Scotland are governed by British Orienteering. The BOF resource library includes guides on many aspects of organising and planning events.
  • Land Access information for Scotland – Documents relating to access for orienteering in Scotland: Forestry & Land Scotland, Capercaillie agreements, and more.

Orienteering Event Key Roles

Events are usually co-ordinated by three main officials, although smaller low key events may have just one or two.

Larger events may also appoint lead volunteers to various other roles

For Organisers

For Planners

Club Coaching

Smartphone Orienteering


Club Development

Club Development Plans

Club development plans are valuable tools to help translate the purpose and vision of a club into tangible actions. Here is some information and examples to help prepare a plan for your club. Please contact your Regional Development Officer for more advice.

Attracting New Members

When aiming to attract new members, it’s worth taking steps to create a focused plan and target one or two specific groups. Here are some resources to help you build your plan:

Working with Schools

Club Profile and Marketing

  • Using Social Media – From giving you a basic understanding of how to use each social media platform to guidelines and examples of how others have done things, check out sportscotland’s resource page.
  • What makes a story – Great stories help your club and the sport stand out from others. Have a look at this guide and think of the great stories your club can tell.

Funding Opportunities for Scottish Sports Clubs

Looking for and securing funding for orienteering – How To Guide

Sports Funding:

  • Scottish Orienteering Club Development Fund – Scottish Orienteering has a small pot of money available each year for clubs, to support the development of grassroots orienteering.
  • The Orienteering Foundation – a charity that promotes and supports orienteering, to bring all the benefits this amazing sport has to offer the people of the UK
  • sportscotland DCI – Direct Club Investment is a key component of sportscotland’s commitment towards the development of Club Sport and their business case guide and template outline how you can apply.
  • Awards for All Scotland – National Lottery Awards For All gives groups a chance to apply for a grant between £300 and £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.
  • sportscotland UKCC subsidy for coaches – Coaches can apply for funding using sportscotland’s online application portal.

Other Funding:

  • Funding Scotland manages many of the smaller community grant schemes, such as windfarm community grants. You can use their search engine to find grant schmes available in your local area.
  • Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Grants are available for projects which bring benefits to the local community close to Tesco stores.
  • Scotmid Co-op Community Grants – Grants are available for projects which bring benefits to the local community close to Scotmid Co-op stores.
  • sportscotlandsportscotland has lots of very useful information on funding, including further sources and examples of how other sports have gained funds.

Attracting, Developing & Supporting Volunteers

Training and Mentoring

  • Coach Education – Scottish Orienteering manages a portfolio of progressive coaching qualifications awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
  • Event Safety Workshop – Attendance at an Event Safety Workshop is mandatory for all volunteers wishing to fill a key role in staging any event.
  • Controllers Course – Attendance at a controllers course is required for anyone wishing to become an event controller.
  • Club Mentoring – How To Guide (content to follow)