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  INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

School Wood, Farr

 Wednesday evening Session

18th Oct.  Meet at 6pm at the community hut.

Map: 1:5,000 not used by INVOC before

Terrain:  A compact wood of pine.  Managed by the community, with a nice hut to base ourselves from.  Path network and runnable woodland.

Courses & Training: Focus on compass and pacing. Yellow 1.2km, orange star exercise followed by 1.5km course,  & TD4/5 training star exercise and short course.  It's twilight/night so head  torches are needed and high viz clothing.

Start times: 6pm to 6.15pm.  

Courses close at 6.50pm.

To register: To guarantee you a map please fill in this short form by Tuesday PM. Some maps available on the day.

Cost: £2/£1 (adults/Juniors)

Timing: no timing aside from your stop watch it is for fun/training.  

Kit: Reflective 'night' kites.

Parking: at School Wood car park.  From Inverness take the B861 to Inverarnie, and then turn right and take the B851 to Farr.  Pass Farr School on the right, and a playground on the left.  School Wood is immediately on the right.  Postcode for Google Maps: IV2 6XJ.  Meet in the community hut.

Safety: Everyone to return to finish at 6.50pm.  Carry a watch.  Carry a torch (and spare batteries or torch).  High Visibility clothing advised if possible.  With twilight night orienteering children 13 and under accompanied by adult, unless agreed with organiser. Log Piles – NEVER climb on log piles or play near them.  Dog Walkers- caution and consideration. Whistle compulsory.  Boundaries are 3 fences and a road.  You cross a road or a fence and you are off the map!  Road is out of bounds.  Spare, warm clothes in car.

Organiser/Planners: Jacquie and James Laird  Contact: 07717223179

Coaches present: Jacquie Laird and Steve Bunn.  


TD5 Winter Training

Technical Difficulty 5 (TD5) the lingo for the top navigation challenge faced by those running green, blue, brown and black courses. After the success of last years series monthly training series we will be repeating it again, but with a difference this year.  This year we will be doing some Wednesday evening trainings with the occasional weekend training.  Anyone willing to plan the training session should contact Suzanne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017/18 sessions planned:

20th Sept 2017: Lochardil Woods - map reading on the move

18th Oct 2017: School Wood, Farr - compass and pacing

late Nov 2017: Ness Castle  - compass and pacing and map reading on the move

Dec 2017: to be arranged

Jan 2017: to be arranged

Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50