Scottish Inter-Club Championships – Exciting Changes to the Format for 2023

Following consultation on the 2022 Scottish Inter-Club Championship, it was found that members were in favour of the new format which allowed clubs to gather points through the year rather than previous focus which required attendance at one event.  The Scottish Inter-Club Championship format had been revamped because it was felt that members increasingly saw it as an irrelevance having been held in the last few years alongside the Scottish Individual Championships.  

This new format of the Scottish Inter-Club Championships is aimed to help clubs foster club spirit and enthusiasm.  It aims to be more inclusive as it allows all members to add points to the club total, even those who are unable to travel outwith club areas.  The number of events has also been decreased so that clubs can be clear which events will count towards the Scottish Inter-Club championship.

Twelve events, one for each month, with a geographical spread have been selected to count towards the Scottish Inter-Club Championships.  This should allow clarity in respect of focussing membership attendance in a full calendar and we have tried to select events where clubs/ members would normally try to attend in busy months.  

The first event of the new series is the EUOC Big Weekend Classic Race on 29th January and entries close this Friday on 21st January.  The events for 2023 Scottish Inter-Club Championships are as follows

January 29th JanuaryEUOC Big Weekend Classic race
February12th FebruaryCompass Sport Cup Heat – STAG Faskally
March18th MarchScottish Middle Championships – FVO – Beecraigs
April2nd AprilScottish Sprint Championships- CLYDE Kirkintilloch
May27th MayScottish Individual Championships – West Area – Creag Mhic Chailean
June11th JuneRace the Abbeys – RR – Jedburgh
July30th JulyScottish 6 Days – Day 1- Lossie Forest
August26th AugustSoSOL – TAY – Culcheuter and Dron
September10th SeptemberScottish Score Championships- INVOC – 
October29th OctoberSOL 5 – KFO – Devilla
November5th NovemberINVOC Regional event – Creag Leach
December2nd DecemberSOUL 11 – INT – Livingston

The inclusion of a junior Inter-Club format will be retained together with the large and small club split. For 2023 the clubs have been divided into Large and Small Clubs as follows:-

Large ClubsSmall Clubs
East Lothian Orienteering Club (ELO)Aberdeen University Orienteering Club (AUOC)
Edinburgh South Orienteering Club (ESOC)Auld Reekie Orienteering Club (AROC)
Forth Valley Orienteering Club (FVO)Ayrshire Orienteering Club (AYROC)
Grampian Orienteering Club (GRAMP)Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club (BASOC)
Interlopers Orienteering Club (INT)Clydeside Orienteering Club (CLYDE)
Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC)Kingdom of Fife Orienteering Club (KFO)
Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC)Loch Eck Orienteering Club (ECKO)
Moravian Orienteering Club (MOR)Edinburgh University Orienteering Club (EUOC)
Glasgow University Orienteering Club (GUOC)
Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club (RR)
St Andrew’s Orienteering Club (STAG)
Solway Orienteering Club (SOLWAY)
Stirling University Orienteering Club (STUOC)
Tayside Orienteering Club (TAY)
Tinto Orienteering Club (TINTO)

In the senior competition, for large clubs the best 20 scorers over 7 events and for small clubs the best 10 scorers over 7 events will be used to determine overall position.

In the junior competition, for large clubs the best 6 scorers over 7 events (with multiple teams if required) and for small clubs the best 3 scorers over 7 events (with multiple teams if required) will determine overall position.  

Ongoing results will be published every month after each event.  We are grateful for the efforts of the SOA fixtures coordinator, Steve Scott of FVO, for collating the results this year and for agreeing to continue to do so for 2023.