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News and Information from the National Centre

National Centre course schedule

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New date for Event Safety Course, Edinburgh , November 24th

Taking bookings for Coaching Foundation Course, Stirling, December 7/9th

Taking bookings for Level 1 Coach, Deeside, December 15-16

Introucing Orienteering course, Perth, now rescheduled for Jan 201th 2019

13th Apr 18  

Board Meeting Minutes - September 30th 2017

Please find the most recent board minutes attached. 

01st Nov 17

Information and resources for coaches

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This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity.   Updated 23 March 2018 to update some external links and generally tidy stuff up.

25th Oct 16  

Funding for UKCC courses

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Online applications

Generous subsidies are available from sportscotland for UKCC coach education courses, to members of SOA clubs.  Applications must now be made online.

15th Dec 15  

Coaching Foundation course

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This course was designed specifically for experienced orienteers who want to dip their toes into the waters of coaching, and as a stepping stone towards the UKCC qualifications.  The course fee is £60 for members of clubs affiliated to SOA, £100 for non-members.

13th Dec 15  

Coach CPD Days for 2015

We are pleased to announce dates for Coach CPD in 2015.  Venues will be allocated in discussion with clubs;  please get in touch if you’d like to request a particular date in your area.  The general theme for the sessions will be “Lively sessions for newcomers and returners”.

20th Dec 14  

Condes for course planning

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The Condes User Guide has been updated for use with version 9 of the Condes software, which offers several improvements in both functionality and interface.  Of particular interest to coaches and anyone planning unconventional events is the ability to do things to the underlying map - see section 17 of the User Guide.

29th Sep 14  

Coach CPD Days for 2014

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We are pleased to announce more detail of the Coach CPD days for 2014. Dates and venues are now available for the series of highly practical coaches’ workshops across the country, which will allow us to produce sets of valuable resources for all coaches.  Agenda for the last date - 7th December - is now available.

16th Sep 14  

Why do we need coach licensing?

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SOA Coaching Co-ordinator Lynne Walker explains the rationale behind the requirement for coaches to be licensed.

19th Mar 14  

SOA Activity Weekend 2013

Nearly 90 SOA members descended on Glenmore Lodge and enjoyed a variety of physical activities and learning opportunities, in magnificent surroundings and pleasant sunshine.  Many, many thanks to all who contributed their time, effort and expertise.  Results, handouts and feedback will be posted here as they become available - handouts from Lynne Walker’s “Mental” session and the Organiser’s Workshop now added, with apologies for delay.

30th Sep 13  

Older items

Tutor Update day 16 February 2013… 12th Sep 12

Coach Activity Days… 24th Feb 12

Badge schemes… 26th Nov 10

SOA Development Conference 2010… 21st Jun 10

Notes of Controllers’ Update Session… 26th Feb 10

Materials for Junior Incentive Scheme… 02nd Sep 08

Certificate Templates… 02nd Sep 08

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