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  INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

Session 1: Sunday March 18th: Glenmore, Nr Aviemore - Compass bearings and attack points session - Completed

Next sessions:

Session 2: Sunday April 22nd: Gallowhill, North Kessock.   Training will focus on compass work, building on last months training.  Training suitable for yellow standard up to black!  Long distance compass work for lt green to black, and short distance compass work for orange.  Or you can do your own thing using the controls as a score type event.  

****************  No TD2/yellow training due to lack of interest ****************

****************** Some EOD maps available for TD4/5 ****************

Meet: ready to start at 11am.  Finish at 12.30pm.

Directions: The only access will be off the north-bound carriageway of the A9 approx. 1.5 miles south of the Tore roundabout. Take the turning signposted to “Arpafeelie , St John’s Church” onto the single track road. This turning is easily missed and there is not a big deceleration lane so take care. Take the right hand track – no passing places and big potholes.  Keep going past the church up the hill (there will be a service on and lots of parked cars) and then down the hill on the narrow single track road.  Watch out for more potholes - no low clearance cars.  From the top of the hill it is about 700m to a small turning area and locked gate where we can park about 10 cars if we all squeeze in very tightly.  

Google maps link here to the parking area:

Terrain: Gallowhill is a rounded hill with a broad undulating top and a number of shallow summits falling away on all sides to slopes of variable gradient but particularly pronounced to the south. The bracken is still down after winter and the wood is in perfect conditions for orienteering. The wood is a mosaic of mixed plantation and semi-natural birchwood and probably some planted broadleaf woodland. Mature Oak and Beech are prevalent on the slopes with some fine older pines mixed through the birch cover on the tops.  The heather can be deep in places, and there has been some harvesting on the TD4/5 course and these are marked up as hashed areas in purple on the map.

Training: For the TD4/5: there are two loops one of which is predominantly TD4, and one which is predominantly TD5.  There are just over 3km each and combine to form a 6.3km course.  This took me 75 mins to set – to give you an idea of how long you may need.  Controls are on stakes, but do not have numbers on them.  The purpose of the exercise is to practise the execution of long legs through terrain using the compass  -try to avoid taking path route choices unless the physicality is too much. The controls have therefore been located on straightforward features (e.g. tops of hills), so you can focus on the leg execution.  I have attached the maps for the TD4/5 training so those doing it can start looking at them and planning their routes/tick off features in advance of the session.  This isn’t a competition!

Cost: £2

 Apres O: Tiso cafe?

More info contact James: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07766600989

Subsequent sessions:

Session 3: Sunday May 13th: Evanton Woods, Evanton.

Session 4: Sunday June 24: Venue to be arranged. 

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.  TD5 training will be included in the coaching and training series.  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..


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