Calling all trophy winners!

In the absence of any further Scottish Championship competitions this year, trophy holders are able to retain their trophies for longer than usual.

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Latest SOA Guidance available as text due to website issues

Due to a temporary issue with our website, we are aware a number of members have been unable to access documents and some resources. We are in the process of trying to fix this glitch. However we want to ensure everyone has access to the current SOA guidance document so the full text is available below. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Clarification of coaching and crossing Local Authority boundaries

SportScotland have indicated that part of the Scottish Government’s wish to enable outdoor organised sport for under 18s is that coaches, both professional and voluntary, are allowed to cross Local Authority boundaries by more than 5 miles for coaching purposes so long as neither Local Authority is at Level 4.

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Local events and club activities can continue in the new 5 level protection framework

SOA are pleased to publish our guidance across the new 5 levels of tiered local restrictions. With the support of sportscotland, we have approval for the continuation of local orienteering events and activities across Scotland with consideration and compliance with Scottish Government guidelines. We want to encourage all clubs and members to ‘Keep Active. Keep Local’.

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ScotJOS 2020/2021

Congratulations to all who have been selected to join the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad (ScotJOS) for 2020/21.

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Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2020

Today, as part of Women and Girls in Sport week, the spotlight is being thrown on Heidi Ross and Marie Bernards, club captain and lead coach for Aberdeen University Orienteering Club.

Against all the odds, Aberdeen University Orienteering Club is going from strength to strength despite all the current restrictions on activities imposed by Covid-19. The club is being led this year by two inspiring girls, Heidi Ross (pictured right) and Marie Bernards (left), who’s enthusiasm and can-do attitude is bubbling over to inspire others. RDO North, Sarah Dunn, caught up with Heidi and Marie to find out more about their involvement in orienteering and love of sport.

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New ROMP at Glenmore

A seasonal ROMP has been set up at Glenmore Lodge and is available to individuals and families operating within current Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions announced by the First Minister. 

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Guidelines published on local restrictions

Following consultation with sportscotland we have been given permission to continue with our existing guidelines that allow local/regional events, club and coaching activities. However, we ask ALL members to comply with Scottish Government guidelines with particular note of local health board areas which have further restrictions over the next two weeks.

ALL members please note: Travel to or from an area with Scottish Government local measures or restrictions in place to undertake sport or physical activity should where possible be avoided

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Updated guidance is being worked on

We are currently reviewing our guidance on club activities and events in light of the First Minister’s announcement today. We appreciate clubs have events planned this weekend and are currently working with sportscotland to issue appropriate guidance as soon as possible. Please be patient as we seek clarification on what the new restrictions mean for orienteering, with specific focus on the local authority areas highlighted in the First Minister’s announcement.