4 new exciting roles available with SOA through Kickstart funding

The Kickstart scheme, developed by UK Government, provides funding for employers to create job placements for young adults 16-24 on Universal Credit – if this is you or you’re a student aged 18 or about to turn 18 this could be your route into employment. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about sport, developing pathways and partnerships and are willing to work as part of our team. We have funding in place for an immediate start for 6 month contract in the following roles:

  • 3 Club Support Officers
  • 1 Media and Communications Officer
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SOA Funding Support to Clubs

There have been some great development ideas put forward by clubs to the SOA Development Fund and Restart Coaching Support Fund and we are delighted to be helping clubs to move a number of these projects forward. Further funding is still available and we would like to encourage other clubs to consider how they could benefit from putting together some similar project plans. Applications will therefore still be welcomed to both the SOA Development Fund and Restart Coaching Support Fund 2021 up until 30th June 2021.

Don’t forget also that the Orienteering Foundation also has funds available to support orienteering and there is a portion of this which is ring-fenced for Scottish applications, especially where it can be used towards supporting the “developing orienteer” i.e. youth and young adults up to around 25 years old.

Please contact sarah@scottish-orienteering.org for further information or to discuss or submit proposals.

Below is an overview of the projects that SOA funding has supported so far this year:

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Score photo competition 2021 enter now

Are you a keen photographer? Or do you love getting action shots? or the details that make a local event so special. We are looking for your orienteering photos of any aspect of our sport – action, event, club social, podium or humorous.  Hungry to compete! Glory* and publication awaits!

*One of the photos highly commended last year won CompassSport cover of the year 2020!

STOP PRESS: deadline now extended!

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Updated Event And Coaching Risk Assessment Template

The SOA would like to thank Tim O’Donoghue (SOLWAY) for all this work to provide simplified and usable risk assessment templates. As guidance continues to evolve and local authorities more between different levels it has been necessary to put in place risk assessments to reflect the different restrictions at each level. We hope these are of help to clubs and coaches. Should you have any feedback on the risk assessments please contact safety@scottish-orienteering.org

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Entries Live for First Scottish Junior Cup Race!


Entries are now open for the Scottish Junior Cup race to be held at Auchingarrich, Perthshire, on Sun May 30th 2021. Entries are now available on the Open classes for all SOA members. If there are any places remaining on Saturday 22nd May then these will be made available to any non SOA members.

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Support for coaches: First Aid Training Course aimed at North Area Clubs – 14 and 16 June, partially funded by SOA

As part of our commitment to restarting the sport and supporting coaches, we have organised a partially funded First Aid course for coaches. Due to corona virus, the usually 1 day course will take place by blended learning in 3 parts with self-guided online learning, part tutor led online learning (14 June) and then face to face assessment in Nairn (16 June) The qualification obtained will be Emergency First Aid at Work certificate.

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Craig A Barns Event

Craig a Barns event on Sunday 13th June 2021 will be opening for entries this week. We continue to plan that this event will be classified as Scottish Championships (individual only) however this will be subject to restrictions both nationally and locally by June. The situation is being closely monitored, Scotland must continue to make progress to Level 1 for this event be viable as a Championship event and that no area of Scotland can be under travel restrictions that would prevent competitors participating and ensuring ‘fairness’ of competition.

Regardless of limits on competitor numbers and whether it is the 2021 Scottish Championships or a SOL this Craig a Barns event will still be a run as a major Scottish event within the Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) Rules and Guidlines.  

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Community Conversation: How Inclusive is our Sport?

**CHANGE OF DATE: 14th June 7.30pm**

Our 2nd Community Conversation is taking place on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm on the topic of inclusion. It is a broad topic area and we are excited to put together an expert panel to answer your questions and for us to explore what can be done in our clubs and across the sport to ensure we are upholding our values of ‘Respectful, Welcoming, Inclusive, Dynamic and Rewarding’. Sign up to be part of the conversation here

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