National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  Event Safety Workshop 12 December in Edinburgh; Improvers' Coaching Weekend 24-25 February;  Introducing Orienteering dates for 2018 added; Grade B Controllers March 2018.

02nd Aug 17

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Adult Beginners/improvers' days and weekends

Whatever your standard, we guarantee you'll learn a lot on our coaching weekends.  Come for one day or both;  usual fee £35 per person per day, £10 discount for SOA members (all non-residential).  Usual maximum 6 people to 1 coach.  Licensed coaches get the day free in return for preparing and delivering a session.  We use top quality Speyside forests, exquisite maps and the best local tea-rooms.  The two-fold aim is simply to have fun while learning or improving your orienteering.  All the coaching is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.  

  • 24-25 February 2018 - whatever your aims for the SOL season, get your brain in gear right at the start!

For all coaching days and weekends, please book via the Wufoo form.

Introducing Orienteering courses

Our new, improved offering for teachers, youth leaders and staff in outdoor centres.  Standard course fee £70 per person per day (discounts apply when 6 or more are invoiced together). Provisional dates shown below;  please ask if you'd like something different, as we can usually arrange courses to suit your local needs.

Unless stated otherwise, book by e-mail to Hilary Quick via the Contacts page.

  • 12 February 2018 - Central Region
  • 15 February - Oban
  • 16 February - Lochgilphead
  • 21 February - Highland
  • 2 March - Abernethy Ardgour 
  • 16 April - Edinburgh
  • 5 June - Fife
  • date tbc - Borders 

Young Leader Award

The material for this course is currently undergoing review, and the new improved course will be available early 2018.

Course planned for Lochgoilhead Scout Centre in January or February 2018.

Please contact us if you'd like to book on this courses or you'd like this course to be run near you.


Coaching Foundation course

This one-day course is for experienced orienteers who are members a SOA club.  Course fee £60 per person.  Further details are available on a separate page.  

  • dates for 2018 will be posted shortly

UKCC Level 1 Coach

For 2-day Level 1 courses, candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).   

Provisional dates for 2018:



Subsidies are usually available from sportscotland for this course, for eligible candidates.  Apply via their website.  

The 3-day UKCC L1 course at Glenmore Lodge 1-3 December has been cancelled.  

UKCC Level 2 Coach

Please note this is a 3 day course (plus 1 assessment day) and candidates should normally attend all 3 days of the same course.  Post-course work is then completed before final assessment, which must be within 2 years.

The next offering will be early 2018 - please watch for specific dates.  

Please use this form to book your place.  Course fee £300.  Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland - apply direct.

UKCC Level 3 Coach

This course ran 6-8 November 2015 (plus some separate additional dates).  Next scheduled course likely to be 2017 or 2018, though some of the topics will be covered in CPD sessions in the meantime.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2017

Dates are being finalised for four sessions this year;  all O coaches welcome, no charge, and lunches will be provided!

  • November? - Aberdeenshire? - technical sessions for mixed ability groups

Coach Educator/Tutor updates

Tutor updates were held in January and May; the next will be in 2018.


SOA Club Development Conference

The Club Development Conference was held on 1 April.

Volunteers' Weekend

The Volunteers' Weekend was at Glenmore Lodge 15-17 September 2017.

Event Safety Workshop

Tutors are now scattered across several clubs (see list); please contact Hilary Quick if you'd like to become a tutor for it.  We strongly recommend mixed-club workshops! 

  • 12 December (evening) workshop in Edinburgh - venue detail to follow

Please use this form to book for any of these workshops, or email Hilary.

Event Organisers' Workshop

This is often combined with the Event Safety Workshop for a comprehensive training session for event officials.

Grade C Controllers’ course

date and venue of the next course are under discussion - please get in touch if you'd like to attend

Grade B Controllers’ course

  • 17 or 18 March 2018 - Speyside

Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

These are often run locally;  please phone to discuss your requirements.  Currently available:

Planners' course

This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.

Condes workshop

This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.

OCAD workshop

can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch

Closing dates:  Bookings will not normally be accepted after the closing date, where one is stated.  For some courses, an early closing date is necessary in order to obtain course resources.

The course schedule is constantly changing, with latest additions or cancellations outlined in the summary as above.

Courses will be confirmed or cancelled within 24 hours of their stated closing date.  We recommend that you don’t commit to accommodation etc. until your course has been confirmed. 

We aim to acknowledge bookings as soon as possible after receiving the form, so if you don’t get an acknowledgement within about 4 days, please phone.  

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