Workshop on Orienteering for Youngsters with Autism set for November

The SOA Development team is organising a workshop on orienteering for youngsters with autism and related additional support needs, to be held at Levenmouth Academy, Fife, on Nov 16th. There are a few places available for interested orienteers to attend and contribute to the workshop.

The plan for the workhop is below. Please contact Sarah Dunn, , if you are interested in attending. The remaining spaces will be assigned on a first come basis.

Date and Venue:

Levenmouth Academy, Fife, Sat 16th Nov 10:00-15:30


To explore how orienteering can be used positively to support youngsters on the autistic spectrum and how the sport can be marketed to encourage participation by this group


SOA development team, Invited specialists in autism, Orienteers with an interest in working with ASN youngsters. ~15 people. We already have 10 confirmed attendees


The detailed programme for the day is still to be confirmed and open to input from participants. The overarching aim is to come up with a plan for trialling and implementing some ideas of how to take orienteering out to autistic youngsters. This is likely to include taking ideas away from the day to develop a funding  application to support the work. Some of the things to consider include:

  • target groups
  • identifying the benefits (i.e. why do we want to do it)
  • identifying any likely “problems”
  • types of activity
  • suitable locations (school playground / parklands / elsewhere)
  • potential trial areas


SOA will cover reasonable travel costs for invited participants to attend the workshop including mileage at SOA volunteer rate or travel by train / bus. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.