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#UKCoaching: Coaching is at the Heart of Orienteering at Every Level

Coaching is at the heart of orienteering at every level from children and adult’s beginner participating in their first activity, through to preparing athletes for the World Orienteering Championships. Coaches are vital to the success of orienteering in the UK and are, in many ways, the people who will promote the benefits and enjoyment of taking part in orienteering.

British Orienteering has a range of courses, quality assured and awarded by 1st4sport, operate across all orienteering disciplines for Level 1 and Level 2. Level 3 is available in Scotland whilst in the other three home countries, we offer bespoke workshops on safety in remote terrain, skill/technique development and advanced planning, methodology, sports science knowledge and physical preparation as a range of continuous personal development (CPD) opportunities.

Courses available include: 

Young Leader
This award is designed for 14-19-year-olds and will enable them to introduce the basic skills of the sport, provide fun activities on a safe enclosed site and assist as volunteers at school or local events.

Teaching Orienteering Part 1
Aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres. The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering. Anyone aged 16 or older can attend the course.

Teaching Orienteering Part 2
Aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres. The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach some of the advanced skills of orienteering. Anyone aged 16 or older may attend the course. People wishing to deliver GCSE syllabuses for students should attend Teaching Orienteering Part 2.

Introduction to Coaching Workshops
2 x half-day workshops for orienteering club members who are interested in starting to help with club coaching. The workshops are delivered by an active coach and give a practical introduction to key coaching skills so that newcomers get an effective and enjoyable introduction to the sport.

Level 1 Coach Award
By achieving this certificate you will be able to deliver orienteering sessions from coaching cards in designated areas. The course is appropriate for people who work outside orienteering clubs such as outdoor centre staff, forest/country park rangers, teachers etc.

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Orienteering
Aimed at people who wish to coach the techniques and skills of orienteering beyond an introductory level and apply them on all areas except those that are complex, exposed, or mountainous.

Level 3 Coaching in Orienteering
Aimed at coaches who wish to analyse and benchmark individuals who they will go on to coach. The analysis will enable the coach to guide the development of the techniques, skills and overall performance and lifestyle of the individual. Coaches will learn how to prepare an annual training programme, including the preparation of periodised training, for an athlete. If you are interested in the Level 3 award, please contact British Orienteering's National Office by emailing:

Find out more about these courses on the British Orienteering website here

Did you know that British Orienteering also has a wide range of new eLearning courses?

Event Safety Course

Introducing Orienteering Course

Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools Course

Introducing Safeguarding Course

Our aim is for eLearning resources to be available and accessible to learners at a time and place of their choice. By providing online resources, we hope to ensure learners can easily access a growing number of up to date, useful and relevant resources.

Although accessibility is a key driver, we believe that eLearning should be used to enhance the learning experience and, it should be at the benefit of the learners. Courses are designed to take around 1 hour to complete. Learners can also log off and on and complete a course in chunks, depending on the learner's preference.

Full details of British Orienteering’s eLearning courses can be found here.