Focus Clubs Initiative

Is your club ready for fast-track development?

The SOA Development Team will always work to support all SOA clubs (large, small, in-between, University…). In March 2017 we launched our new Focus Clubs programme which is aimed specifically at open membership clubs who feel really ready to embark on a programme of bold, ambitious change in order to grow and strenghten their membership. All open SOA clubs are now eligible to apply for additional support.

Here’s what’s on offer:

• Enhanced support from your Regional Development Officer (either Johannes or Rona)

• Assistance with achieving a minimum of sustainable 10% membership growth in 2017

• Part-funding from SOA for employment of a Club Development Officer specifically for your club

13th Mar 17

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We currently have capacity to support eight Focus Clubs throughout Scotland. If you’d like your club to be part of this exciting programme, there are a number of criteria which we’ll be using to select the eight clubs. Clubs will need to meet, or show that you’re willing to work towards, the following criteria:

 • First and foremost, readiness to embrace change

 • Willingness to commit club funds to contribute to costs of employing Club Development Officer (with remainder of funding coming directly from SOA and third parties – e.g. sportscotland Direct Club Investment)

 • Take part in a club accreditation scheme

• Up-to-date Constitution & robust Development Plan

 • Membership of at least one local Community Sports Hub

 • Willingness to contribute to open map sharing – publicly share 3 quality club maps for use by anyone with interest in orienteering (subject to sensible restrictions to protect access)

• Modern & effective membership communication systems

To express interest please contact Rona Lindsay at or Johannes Petersen at to start the conversation.

Photo of authorPosted on 13th Mar 17
by Johannes Petersen