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Virtual Coaching Conference starts this weekend

The 2021 Virtual Coaching Conference commences this Saturday and showcases a variety of sessions to support coaches across the UK throughout January.

Sessions will be delivered live across both Zoom and Go To Webinar and hosted by Scottish Orienteering Association and British Orienteering Federation.

Each session is highlighted below and the agenda is also available via PDF download. 

In addition to these sessions, there will also be communication out to all coaches regarding online Safeguarding sessions. The session will depend which part of the UK you live in, with details announced in January. 

Saturday 9th January  10:30 - 12:30

Presented by Zoe Harding

Introduction to S&C

‘A practical session, exploring some of the key concepts of strength & conditioning. Followed by introducing some exercises suitable for club activities. Dress for action, a mat or towel is also recommended.’


Register Here The session will be delivered via Zoom.

Saturday 9th January

14:00 – 17:00

Presented by Iain Embrey

Remote Terrain Safety workshop

This cpd module enables Level 2 (or old Lv3) coaches to operate in type D areas.  It is also good cpd for coaches of all experiences and levels to revisit and refresh our practice around safety, risk mitigation, and dynamic risk management.

Attendance is also particularly welcome from any Level 2+ Coach or former Level 3+ Coach who may wish to deliver this workshop in the future. Please state this interest when you sign-up. We may run tutor training at a later date.

(If a coach attends this workshop and subsequently attains Level 2 Coach, then they will be able to practice in type D areas thereafter, provided of course that the necessary first-aid qualification is in place.)

Register Here The session will be delivered via Zoom

Monday 11th January

19:30 - 20:30

Presented by Paul Murgatroyd & Mark Nixon

Keynote - Systematic Orienteering


Register here Delivered through Go To Webinar

Thursday 14th January

19:30 - 20:30

Presented by Helen O’Donoghue

Coaching and Covid – assessments and precautions

Different home nation governments/associated sports bodies have addressed requirements for continuation of sporting activities during the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. 

The starting point for this talk and discussion is the required approach to orienteering coaching in Scotland, where orienteering clubs must appoint a Covid officer and produce a Covid risk assessment for each activity. 

Holding Zoom discussions on how to comply with the requirements and how to deliver safe coaching sessions has been useful in SOA and participants are invited to join in the discussions this evening so that experiences can be shared widely.

Expected duration: 60 minutes but it could be 90 minutes if there is plenty of discussion.

Register here The session will be delivered via Zoom

Monday 18th January

19:30 - 20:30

Presented by Tim O’Donoghue

Safety for coaches – a presentation of the SOA CPD package for coaches

Event safety training is required for Organisers and Planners (& Controllers) and many coaches are safety trained through their event roles.  But not all coaches have taken on event roles when they are first trained and yet they organise and plan coaching sessions.  This training is for people in this group and for anyone else looking for refresher training on safety in coaching sessions.  It addresses risk assessment (including dynamic risk assessment), area dependent hazards, the hierarchy of precautions, emergency plans and reporting.

Expected duration: 60 minutes

Register Here The session will be delivered via Zoom

Tuesday 19th January

19:30 - 20:30


Junior squad coaching practices and experiences.

Presented by Angela Darley, Carol Lovegrove (SEOA).

Register here Delivered through Go To Webinar

Thursday 21st January

19:30 - 20:30

Chaired by Sarah Dunn, with contributions from Helen Errington, Suzanne Robins-Bird and David Robertson.


Additional Support Needs in Orienteering Coaching

Orienteering appeals to many youngsters with Additional Support Needs, notably those on the autistic spectrum, with the technical and individual nature of the sport being a particular attraction. It can offer massive developmental benefits, including confidence building and self-reliance, as well as being fun. As coaches, how can we ensure that we are meeting the needs of such youngsters and that they are gaining maximum benefit from the sport, particularly when coaching in a mixed group setting? The objective of this workshop is to share experiences of working with youngsters with ASN and to map out some simple tips for other coaches to assimilate.

The focus of the workshop will be on learning difficulties and disabilities rather than any form of physical disability. Several coaches have been invited to outline some of their personal experiences of working with youngsters with ASN. We will then break out into groups to discuss this and give other participants an opportunity to share their experiences before feeding back to the full group. Workshop participants should be prepared to informally contribute ideas and experiences for discussion.

Register Here The session will be delivered via Zoom

Tuesday 26th January

19:30 - 20:30

Led by Natalie Weir

Using Virtual Platforms for coaching

A discussion on the ways virtual apps such as MapRun, Routegadget other virtual platforms has and could be used for coaching.


Register here Delivered through Go To Webinar

Thursday 28th January 

19:30 - 20:30

Presented by Paul Taylor SYO

Simulating Sweden

We can’t always get to top quality terrain. So how do we bring Sweden (or Scotland) to our local wood? This practical session will present an exercise designed for YHOA juniors and give participants a chance to share their own ideas on physical simulation of elite orienteering experiences.


Register here Delivered through Go To Webinar


Tutor training workshop

Details to follow.

Conference starts this Saturday 9th January