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iJOS Lockdown training

iJOS group meeting online every Wednesday at 7pm for 30 mins.  

iJOS Lockdown Coaching materials: Beano, Week 1, Week 2 

Videos [credits: camera and video editing Angus and Rona Laird]:

(1)  Thumbing the map, (2) Running with the Beano, (3) Control Description Memory Shuttle Run


2020 Training Groups and iROMP distribution list

Click here for the 2020 Training Groups and iROMP distribution list.  This is based on those attending training in the last 12 months.  If you wish to join a training group or be added to the iROMP dstribution list please email Jacquie Laird This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next training block

Our February coaching block has finished.  A lot of our coaches are now involved with school's clubs until May, but we intend to run a couple of iJOS and STS sessions on iROMP areas.  Training groups will be notified when plans firm up.

Coach led training:  February 2020 Coaching Block

There will be a block of coaching in February.  

1. Saturday 8th Feb (1.30pm to 3.00pm) - Achnasoul, Muir of Ord (All training groups)

2. Saturday 15th Feb (2.30pm to 4pm) - Roseisle with British Talent Squad.  Sign up at Moravian website

3. Sunday 23rd Feb (1.30pm to 3.00pm) - Achnasoul, Muir of Ord (All training groups)

4. Saturday 29th Feb (1.30 to 3.00pm) - Achnasoul, Muir of Ord (All training groups)

Please register using Google Forms here

iROMP:  Controls are now out in Achnasoul near Marybank.  Maps have been distributed to the training groups.  If you haven't received one and want a map for own training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday 29th Feb: Achnasoul, Marybank  Meet at 1.15pm.  Training from 1.30pm to 3.00pm


** Wrap up warm, forecast is for some rain***

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Final info.  This will also be sent out by email on Friday.  If you do not receive the email then we do not know you are coming, so contact Jacquie. 


Directions:    From A835 to Contin take the Marybank turn.  Go straight through Marybank, up the hill and down the other side.  Before the sharp right turn near the river there are two laybys for forest access roads- the first on the right and the second on the left.  We are meeting in the larger upper one (nearest Marybank).  Park carefully in either  of these.  We can block the forest access gates in the upper one.  Grid reference: NH479518. Google map here. [Journey time from Inverness is 30 mins]

Parking: Please park tightly and carefully in the two forest road entrances.  We can park each other in. Once parked instruct any children you are responsible for to keep away from the road.

Times: Meet at 1.15pm for prompt start at 1.30pm.  Finish at 3pm.

Aims/goal of coaching: Eagle Eyes & Junior Talons: orienteering themed games Sardines, Musical Maps, Capture the Flag.  Adult Talons - aiming off;  iJOS & STS - contour interpretation and use as navigational aides

What to bring: Compass and whistle - these can be borrowed from club stock.  Dress warmly it is mid-winter.  There will be times when all groups will be standing still and you will need a coat, hat and gloves.  Eagle Eyes will be doing a map walk as part of the training, and should be dressed accordingly.  Talons, iJOS and STS will be able to leave clothes at their respective bases in the forest.  Take a drink and snack with you, which can be left at base.  Make sure you are fully hydrated and have had lunch before starting.  iJOS and STS may wish to consider carrying a mobile phone.  The forest is wet.

Toilets:  There are no toilet facilities.  The nearest public toilets are in Muir of Ord 4 miles away.  Go before you come.

Cost: £2 - please pay on arrival

Groups and coaches: Eagle Eyes: Jacquie Laird; Talons (emerging): Suzanne Robins-Bird; Talons (established): Alison Matheson; iJOS and STS at TD4: James Laird; iJOS and STS at TD5: Laurence Cload

Safety: aside from usual slip and trip hazards, ticks are present, there will be dog walkers and dogs and importantly there has been recent logging with very large timber stacks along the forest road.  In no circumstances should these be climbed on.  There is a public road which we park adjacent to.  It is quiet, but do not stand around on it, and take care when walking on it.

Contact name & phone number:  Jacquie Laird: 07717223179 


INVOC Coaching and Training Autumn Series

One session at Achtemarack on August 24th has already been completed.  The training continues with a block of 4 coach led training sessions between end of October and the end of November.

  Sign up to our forthcoming block of training at here.

  1. Sun October 27th (11am to 3pm), North Area Junior Training for Talons and iJOS.  Loch Vaa courtesy of BASOC [sign up before Oct 21st]
  2. Sun 3 November - School Wood, Farr (Eagle Eyes and junior and adult Talons)
  3. Sun 17 November - Gallowhill (All training groups)
  4. Sat 23 November - Craig Phadrig(Eagle Eyes and junior and adult Talons)


If you do not know your availability over this period just indicate the ones you know now. You can return and complete the form for later sessions at a future point in time.

This will be a block of coaching with progression from one session to the other. We would encourage people to attend the block (well all the sessions at their standard).

Sign up to our forthcoming block of training at here.  

Please note you need to sign up for the North Area Junior Training by Monday October 21st.




INVOC Coaching and Training Spring Series 2019

The Spring series began with a great session kindly made available to us by ScotJOS. (See below)

In total there were three INVOC sessions and two squad sessions which we were invited to.  INVOC sessions were suitable for all training groups.

Based on responses to the coaching survey club coaching/training will occur on the follow dates.  Apologies to those that can’t make a date, but there were no perfect dates.  Coaches’ availability was also limited too.

  • Fri 15th Feb & Sat Feb 16th: iJOS and Senior Training Squad (STS). 
    • Night training proved useful for the upcoming British Night champs Deeside.  Saturday AM was close map contact work in the challenging complex Inshriach.  In the afternoon we did downhill training to mimic running under pressure.  Us adults were pretty slow though as the pressure was on not to break a bone it was so rough!  The juniors seemed to not notice how rough it was and did some good TD4/5 controls.  Lovely views on the walk up!  We all learned a lot and it enthused us to do more training


  • Sat March 2nd : Craig Leach. All the training groups had some fun in Craig Leach, before the rain/sleet came on.  Eagle Eyes worked on decision points and Talons on Relocation.  iJOS worked on intricate contors and map contact.  Map extract from the TD5 group below.

  • Sat March 23rd: Talons & iJOS.  North Area training in Deeside courtesy of MAROC. 6 INVOC juniors had a fun day out.  They trained with juniors from other North Area Clubs and had fun with games and relay races in the afternoon.  We even had the sun shining for us!


Sun April 7th : Cullaird Wood/Ness Castle, Inverness.  All training groups up to light green plus a TD4/5 course for those wanting to do their own training. 


Sat May 18th: Achnasoul & Tower Wood.   All training groups.  

  • Eagle Eyes, Talons, Adult TD3: focused on contour interpretation
  • iJOS & STS: Focussed on orienteering with distractions and under pressure.  Simulated through head to head racing on a relay/gaffled course.


Sat June 26th: Strathfarrer. iJOS only

  • Long legs (>700m) in technical terrain
  • Courtesy of ScotJOS


Training Squads

New this year we are using training squads to communicate with those club members who wish to train.  If you wish to join a training squad please email Jacquie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There are four training squads: the Senior Training Squad and three junior training squads. The four squads are:

  • Senior Training Squad (M/W 20+, improvers to elite)
  • iJOS - training squad for M/W18- running at TD4 & TD5 standard
  • Talons Training Squad  (up to TD3).  
  • The Eagle-Eyes training squad for the TD2 juniors (up to yellow standard)

 You can see who has signed up to the training squads here (as of end of Jan 2019).

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.  You can join in with a coach led session as a helper or you can consider training as a coach.

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

The coaches are happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We have a * Star * Award system which enables juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Regular coaching attendance is required to complete this.  

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