Training & Support

Virtual Coaching Conference 2021

The details for the 2021 Virtual Coaching Conference have been confirmed and we're pleased to showcase 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. 

Missed any of the sessions so far? Recordings will be available at the base of this page shortly after the session has taken place.

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

This session is now full. Only register if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

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

This session will explore the ways virtual apps such as MapRun, routegadget and other virtual platforms can be used for coaching. We will hear about some of the potential options available to support us to coach our way through the current COVID19 climate - from Zoom sessions, online polls and other options to experiences of using MapRunF and similar apps to set practical sessions and engage juniors/talented athletes.

Presenters include;

Jane Mockford (DEE) and Martyn Roome (SROC) who will provide us with some practical experiences of managing and setting training exercises virtually for examples compass/bearing exercise suggestions.

Lynne Walker (BASOC) will give us an overview of their experiences using MapRunF in urban / semi-urban / open rough fields / woodland with a progression between areas to fine tune navigation skills and increase confidence.

Laurence Townley (SN) will join us on how the SCOA have engaged juniors by using Zoom to facilitate training screen sharing and allowing participants to draw on the screen and sharing maps and routes for discussion, as well as advice on using the tools like Kahoot and Menti for polls and engagements.

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

Tuesday 2nd February

19:30 - 21:00

Led by Denise Martin

What is a coach? A look at what modern coaching entails -

  • Who are the athletes
  • What are their needs
  • How can we help them
  • What are the needs of coaches

Join our panellists to address these questions and to hear their thoughts on 'What is a Coach'

  • Lynne Walker - Coach Education and Development
  • Jen McKeown - Coaching Life skills, reaching potential and personal development
  • Mark Nixon- High Performance Coaching
  • Jon Musgrave - From Poacher to Gamekeeper
  • Denise Martin - Extreme expeditions, team building and helping individuals reach their goals

Register Here The session will be delivered via Zoom


Tutor training workshop

Details to follow.

Conference Catch Up

Missed any of the sessions so far? Catch up below.

Date Session Link
Saturday 9th January

Introduction to S&C - Link coming soon.

Monday 11th January

Key note - Systematic Orienteering


Thursday 14th January Coaching and Covid – assessments and precautions
Monday 18th January Safety for coaches – a presentation of the SOA CPD package for coaches
Tuesday 19th January Junior squad coaching practices and experiences.
Coaching Conference goes online in 2021