Connecting with newcomers

Rona Lindsay, SOA Regional Development Officer Central/South, offers some advice to clubs looking to bring in new members. Read More…

Coach Training Opportunities in Scotland

A recent e-mail from British Orienteering described the new coach education offerings south of the border.  In Scotland we will retain THREE levels of assessed coach qualification.
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SOA Development Summit

Junior Pathway

– Club-based coaching is crucial. Continue recruiting & training as many quality club coaches as possible.

– Club coaches cooperate either in Area training or in informal local “clusters” – SOA to coordinate and encourage this to provide the missing step between club and ScotJOS.

– SOA should recognise ‘development’ as well as ‘talent’. Performance orienteering only one possible pathway amongst many others. Provide formal recognition of different types of development – e.g volunteering, event organisation, planning, SOA Star Awards.

– SOA to research possibility of a non-selective orienteering camp.


Junior Competition Structure

– Develop Jamie Stevenson Trophy to include longer courses, MW20 classes, plus some form of novice class to allow fairer scoring for newcomers. SOA to adopt this fixture and ensure it is rotated between clubs.

– SOA to recruit Competitions Convener, who will lead working group (including Junior reps) to review SOA calendar, particularly looking at an Autumn – Autumn SOL / SOUL season rather than Jan – Dec, and a cleaner calendar with no double-counting / piggybacking competitions.

– Explore representation at JIRCs as two regions – Scotland North & Scotland South, whilst retaining 3 separate regions for purposes of JIAs.


Schools Orienteering

– Some clubs have succeeded in recruiting active new family members through schools orienteering activity. Share these success stories throughout SOA to spread good practice.

– SOA to liaise with SSOA to help organise SSOF, particularly advertising orienteering within schools that haven’t been before, and doing follow-up work to link schools with their local club.

– Send schools packs out to clubs for WOD2017.  From 2018, distribute directly to schools as part of SSOF support. Ensure schools use official WOD platform to register their events.



– New SOA website to give clear info on School Orienteering Pathway (including all local schools leagues / festivals) & Junior Development Pathway.

Seasonal Orienteering at Glenmore Lodge

Maps can be collected at Glenmore Lodge (£1.50 each) or pdfs are available free of charge to SOA members.  School and other groups are welcome to use the area for training or other events.  A copyright charge of £1.50 for the first 30 maps (hard copy or pdf) applies thereafter £1 per map. Contact colin.matheson”at” for further information.

Event Safety Tutors

Event Safety Workshop tutors as at April 2017:

  • John Mason MAROC
  • Sheila Strain ELO
  • Ross Lilley ECKO
  • Suzanne Robins-Bird INVOC
  • Donald Grassie MOR
  • Tim O-Donoghue SOLWAY
  • John Emeleus KFO
  • Anne Hickling GRAMP
  • Roger Scrutton ESOC
  • Lindsey Knox RR
  • Hilary Quick BASOC
  • Lynne Walker BASOC

Please contact if you want a ESW to be run for your club or if you'd like to become a tutor.

Start Clocks

Each clock set has two displays: one for the start line which shows race time and one for the pre start / call up line. The start signal counts down the last few seconds with a beep, beep, BEEP to send the runners on their way. The internal Real Time Clock can be adjusted and synchronised to ‘internet time’ by using configuration software.

The clocks are looked after by Ted Finch who has more details and a Request Form on his web site… Each pair of clock displays is supplied in a robust box with charger. The box can be used as a stand for one of the displays. Tripod stands are also available for major events where crowds of waiting runners may obscure the pre start display.

The clocks may be borrowed by SOA clubs or hired by other orienteering or running clubs for events or training. Please contact Ted if you wish to use one. “Request a Clock
The clocks were developed with the benefit of a grants from Sports Scotland.

SOL3 Drumlanrig Woods 23rd April

Preparations are well under way for the SOLWAY round in the challenging mixed woodlands and policies of Drumlanrig Castle. For those of you travelling to JK2017 please make time to visit SiEntries to enter SOL3 before you go.  If you have a special start time preference please use the Special Request area to advise the organiser of your preferred Early, Middle or Late start times.

For more information on the event, visit SOLWAY's website or SiEntries.

SportsAid Scotland Awards 2017

Congratulations to the following junior athletes who have been awarded grants from the Robertson Trust by SportsAid Scotland to help them meet their training and competition costs for the coming year.

Freddie Carcas INT £500
Jake Chapman MAROC £1,000
Grace Molloy FVO £1,000
Finlay Todd INVOC £500

The Robertson Trust is a charity which was established in 1961 by three sisters, Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson, when they donated their shares in the family business, founded in the 1850s by their grandfather William Robertson, to the Trust for charitable purposes. It is through the foresight of these three sisters, and the continuing hard work and generosity of the present Trustees, that SportsAid Scotland is able to provide these awards. The SOA are asked to nominate juniors who are most likely to go on to represent Scotland at senior level and to succeed on the national and international stage.

They all represented Scotland in 2016 and Jake and Grace represented Great Britain at the European Youth Championships and Junior European Cup, with Grace achieving 4th place at EYOC Sprint. They were all selected for the GB Talent Squad in 2017.

Well done!

SOA & FVO appoint new Club Development Officer

Chris will be known to many of you as a member of the GBR squad and World Championships competitor. He also has a wide range of experience in promoting, organising and coaching orienteering at all levels. Chris will be working with the FVO committee on his priorities for the immediate future and looking further ahead. In addition, FVO are working with the SOA regional development officer, Rona Lindsay, on additional projects.

Congratulations Chris and welcome to the team!

FVO are fully funding this post thanks to the support of sportscotland and great efforts by the FVO committee. 


Chris will be working approx. 1 day / week and his contact details are:

Chris Smithard
Development Officer
Forth Valley Orienteers