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The INVOC Schools O League was started in 2015 and is a series of entry level events for school age children. In 2015 events were held at Littlemill, Craig Phadraig and Ord Hill through April to May and were attended by over 200 children from 18 schools from Inverness and the surrounding area. In 2016 events were held at ord Hill, Craig Phadrig and Carse of Ardesier.  For 2017 a similar format to 2015 and 2016 was used.

Has your son/daughter been enjoying the Schools Series? Would you like to keep orienteering?  Why don't you come along to our next event at Abriachan on June 11th?  Or the next one after the summer at Nairn East Beach on August 27th?  Joining INVOC gets you discount to events, means you can come to our junior (and adult coaching) and run for INVOC in team competitions.

2017 Schools O programme

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The 2017 winners are Fortrose Academy, Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis & Stratherrick Primary School 

Congratulations to them and to all the children taking part, all the volunteers that made the events happen and all the teachers and parent volunteers that run the school clubs.

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The programme for 2017 (Series Co-ordinator: Susan Blackwood: Tel 07774 337761 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Information on how to get involved at the bottom of this webpage.

 Date

 Venue

Event Team

Event details/ Results

Wed 3 May

Craigmonie, Drumnadrochit

Organiser: Veronica Vargas, Planner: Ronan Blackwood (Millburn Academy), SI: Susan Blackwood

Results

 

Wed 17 May

Craig Phadrig, Inverness

Organiser: Dagmar Borrowman, Planner: Rowan White, SI: Suzanne Robins-Bird

Results

 

Wed 31 May

Ord Hill, North Kessock

Organiser: Jenny Hall, Planner: Eric Todd and David Hall (Fortrose Academy), SI: Susan Blackwood

Schools League

Pupils League

Boys Handicap

Girls Handicap

Other schools/junior events

Fri 2 June

Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge (note venue change)

Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival

Available after the event

Sun 4 June

Dulnain Bridge, Speyside

Moray and Highland Junior Championships hosted by Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club

Available after the event

Starts are normally available from 3:30pm with most schools finishing by 5:30pm. White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses are available with the event aimed at P5 through to S2. Shadowing is permitted for young and inexperienced participants. Entry costs are £2.50 per child per event (pre-entry) and £3 (late entry) and all schools MUST pre-enter (no entries on the day are permitted).

More information on how to get involved at the bottom of this webpage.


INVOC Schools O League on TV:  A wee video from YouTube from the BBC Alba News of Inverness Gaelic School enjoying the final event of the 2016 series at Carse of Ardesier - enjoy the pictures if you can't understand all the commentary....

 

Credit: BBC Alba


 Previous winners

 

 Top rural school (<50 pupils)

Top primary school team

Top secondary school team

Results

2017

Stratherrick Primary School Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis

Fortrose Academy

2017 Schools League

2017 Pupils League

2017 Boys Handicap

2017 Girls Handicap

2016 

Balnain Primary School Holm Primary School

 Fortrose Academy

2016 Schools League

2016 Pupils League  

2015 

Foyers Primary School

Avoch Primary School

Millburn Academy

2015 results


 

 

Photo credit: Johannes Felter 


How do schools get involved: 

1. Register your school with Susan Blackwood, Active Schools (Registration form here). Once registered you will be included in any subsequent mailings regarding the schools programme for 2016 (Tel 07774 337761 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2. Identify someone to lead your orienteering group (there needs to be someone responsible for each school group at the events). It could be a parent with an interest in orienteering or a teacher. Speak to your Active Schools Coordinator who may be able to help with volunteer recruitment and support. 

3. Start training your group in the playground so they are primed and ready to run in the woods by April. The league events are primarily aimed at P5-S2 pupils but older novices are also welcome to attend. White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses will be available (see below) and can be completed individually, in pairs, or for those completely new to the sport, as a group “walk O”. 

4. Want to learn more about coaching orienteering? “Teaching Orienteering” courses are available for those wanting ideas on how to run a group; we also have some useful resources on our website here. For further information contact Johannes Felter, Scottish Orienteering Regional Development Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

5. All schools must pre-enter their teams – there will be no entry on the day for schools (deadline for entries is usually 10 days before the event).  Please help with this by getting entries in in plenty of time - this helps the organisers ensure that there are enough maps and SI equipment for everyone on the day.

6. Sort out transport to the events and the inevitable EVOLVE. All the events are planned and risk assessed by experienced INVOC members in accordance with British Orienteering Federation guidelines but school leaders will have do their own group risk assessment with any medical and behavioural needs unique to their group. 

Any questions – just ask! We love hearing from people whether it is simply to get more information, to tell us what we are doing well or equally to tell us how we can improve things. Any comments/ queries, please contact Susan Blackwood, Active Schools, Tel 07774 337761 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.