Over 2,500 coaches have been qualified since the awards began. In order to maintain a register of coaches that British Orienteering is confident are active and knowledgeable in current coaching methods a ‘License to Coach’ scheme is in place.
The term 'Licence to Coach' identifies those Orienteering Coaches meeting the following criteria:
Coaches who are licensed to coach will be covered by the British Orienteering Public Liability (£10m) and Professional Indemnity insurance (£5m) and able to register and run coaching activities. Please note that under the British Orienteering insurance policy you will only be covered while you are coaching in an area which is determined by your Coaching Qualification and your level of First Aid qualification.
In addition to the insurance cover, we will promote you as a licenced coach and are currently encouraging all parents, clubs and associations to use coaches that are licenced and up to date in their knowledge and practice.
Please note that it is likely a coach will need a DBS to check your eligibility follow this link.
Please contact the National Office who will require evidence of the above, either paper copies or scanned copies will be acceptable and these can be sent either through the post to the address included here below:
Old Coach Road
Or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CPD Logs: Keeping a log of the following is good practice and helps to identify that you are an active coach:
For a number of logistical reasons it has proved to be difficult to include the maintenance of a coach’s CPD log in the Licence to Coach but association coach representatives will still be asked to list which coaches in their association are active and may ask to see a coaching log as evidence.
Please note the linkage between area types for both Qualification level and First Aid qualification level:
Note that for all coaching sessions a Risk Assessment must be completed; for more details see Safety Guidelines below.
There are different regulations for coaches in Scotland. Details are listed further below or found here via the Scottish Orienteering website.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
For active coaches, depending on who they coach, they will need to complete the following requirements;
The training should be updated every three years. After three years, following an initial tutor led course, the refresher can be an online module.
Tutor led training – for coaches training young people
British Orienteering currently doesn't deliver centrally run tutor led courses.
Coaches are recommended to sign onto a general, tutor led, UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop or Sport NI course and on completion, submit the certificate to British Orienteering for your records to be updated.
Online Safeguarding Module
Should coaches only work with adults, you will need to complete an appropriate on-line safeguarding module. There are a number of courses available including the British Orienteering Introducing Safeguarding eLearning course which can be found here. On completion, submit your certificate to British Orienteering for your records to be updated.
Safeguarding – Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sports (CWPS)
This course has 2 steps both of which must be completed for an SOA coach to be qualified in their Safeguarding training.