National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  Adult Improvers' Weekend (18-19 August) is NOW FULL; taking bookings for Level 1 Coach course (1-2 September) and Level 2 Coach course (25-26 August), Coaching Foundation 9 September.

13th Apr 18

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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 £40 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 sociable fun while learning or improving your orienteering.  All the coaching is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.  

  • 18-19 August Improvers' weekend NOW FULL

For all the above 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.

Scottish Orienteering Young Leader

Our new, improved offering for young people aged 14-17, introducing the practicalities of supporting a qualified coach in orienteering, is now available

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.  Please use this form to book on the Coaching Foundation course.

  • 9 September - Kinnoull Hill, near Perth
  • 13 October - venue tbc.

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:

  • 1-2 September probably Aberdeenshire

plus possibly one later weekend this year.

Please download and read full course information describing pre-requisites, course format, tasks and assessment.

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

To book your place on a L1 course, please use this form

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.

25-26 August (prov.) - likely Central Belt  

Please use this form to book your place on a L2 course.  Course fee £300.  Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland - apply direct.

UKCC Level 3 Coach

This course is likely to run again in 2019 though some of the topics will be covered in CPD sessions in the meantime.

SOA Coach CPD Days 2018

Dates are being finalised for this year;  all O coaches welcome, no charge, and lunches will be provided! Half-day safety worshop and practical coaching can be combined for full day of CPD. Safety workshop is required for UKCC L2 coaches who want to coach in remote or exposed areas.

  • Safety Workshop for Coaches Working in Remote or Exposed Areas - June - Central Belt
  • Practical coaching - June - Central Belt

Coach Educator/Tutor updates

Tutor update has been issued by email; further discussion will follow later this year.


SOA Club Development Conference

We are hosting the Conference/Workshop at Fordell Firs on 28 April.

Volunteers' Weekend

The Volunteers' Weekend was at Glenmore Lodge 15-17 September 2017. We will be running a single Volunteers' Day on Saturday 22 September 2018. Click here for details.

Thereafter, the Volunteers' Weekend will be planned to run in even-numbered years.

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! 

  • date for course in Central Belt venue tbc.

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

next course to be scheduled for 2019

Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

These are often run locally;  please phone to discuss your requirements.  Up to date materials are available for:

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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