National Centre course schedule
LATEST ITEMS: UKCC Level 1 30 September - 1 October course now FULL.
Event Safety Workshops added, 6 and 20 September, also places available on Coaching Foundation course in Musselburgh on 19 August.
TECHNIQUE & PERSONAL PERFORMANCE
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 £30 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. New September weekend places have all been reserved!
- 9-10 September - Speyside - all places have been reserved
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).
Unless stated otherwise, book by e-mail to Hilary Quick via the Contacts page.
- 23 August - Renfrewshire
- September 28 (evening) & 29 (afternoon) - East Lothian
- early October - Kinnoull Hill, near Perth
We often add dates to suit local requirements, in which case this list will be changed promptly.
Young Leader Award
A closed offering of this course will be run at Glenmore Lodge in October.
Course planned for Lochgoilhead Scout Centre in November.
Please contact us if you'd like to book on either of these courses or you'd like this course to be run near you.
TRAINING FOR COACHES
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.
- 19 August - Musselburgh, East Lothian
- 16 September - Glenmore Lodge (as part of the Volunteers' Weekend)
UKCC Level 1 Coach
For 2-day Level 1 courses, candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).
30 September - 1 October, Nairn. Course now FULL.
There will also be a 3-day UKCC L1 course at Glenmore Lodge 1-3 December. Please e-mail Hilary Quick via the Contacts page for further information.
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.
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!
- August - Moray - improving our questioning skills
- September - Dumfries & Galloway - effective and enjoyable warmups and cooldowns
- September - Glenmore Lodge (as part of the Volunteers' Weekend) - Sharing Best Practice
- October? - 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.
COURSES FOR OFFICIALS
SOA Club Development Conference
The Club Development Conference was held on 1 April; details on separate page.
The next Volunteers' Weekend will be 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!
Wednesday 6 September (evening) - Forres (venue tbc)
- Wednesday 20 September (evening) - Bell's Sports Centre, Perth
Please use this form to book for any of these workshops.
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
- 16 & 17 September at Volunteers' Weekend
Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops
These are often run locally; please phone to discuss your requirements. Currently available:
This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.
- 20 September - Forres
This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.
can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch
- SI Timing workshop (successor to Autodownload) will be held at the Volunteers' Weekend
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.