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Autumn/Winter night orienteering Junior training 2021/22

This was the first time we have held night training for younger juniors.  It has proved very popular and great fun for the juniors who have braved cold dark nights in the local woods.  Their skills certainly seem to have benefited from it and we have had lots of them competing in the Northern Night Cup.  It has been a great success and so we would aim to do this again next winter.


March to June 2022 Daylight junior training

Junior daylight training is re-starting after Easter:

  •  iJOS - Weds evenings alternating between in terrain and online
  •  Talons - (as above)
  • Eagle Eyes- Alternate wednesday evenings in terrain

We have spaces in the training groups especially Eagle Eyes (beginner level to TD2 yellow) and Talons (training for TD3/4 orange/light green).  

All subject to Scottish Govt COVID guidelines on organised sport.

Details and sign up via Spond. If you are not already in a training group (and using Spond) and wish to join one of them contact Jacquie Laird: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




January to March 2021 junior training [posted Jan 3rd 2021]

Junior training re-starts following Christmas break on:

  •  Saturday 9th Jan 10.30am iJOS & Talons (monthly thereafter); [ON HOLD DURING LOCKDOWN]
  •  Weds Jan 13th 6.30pm for iJOS Dark (fortnightly thereafter); [ON HOLD DURING LOCKDOWN] and
  •  Weds Jan 20th 7pm for iJOS online (fortnightly thereafter). [WEEKLY DURING LOCKDOWN]

All subject to Scottish Govt guidelines on organised sport - maybe subject to cancellation at short notice.

Details and sign up via Spond. If you are not already in a training group (and using Spond) and wish to join one of them contact Jacquie Laird: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October to Christmas training [posted Nov 9th]

Training has resumed for the iJOS training group.  This is a mixture of online, Weds evening dark and weekend iROMP sessions.  The training group is being run through Spond - a coaching admin app.  iJOS coach: James Laird.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August to October Coaching [posted 20th August 2020]

We have been given permission to re-start coaching, though there are limits on what we can offer both due to SOA guidelines and the number of coaches available.  Currently there are two activities:

- iJOS are meeting online fortnightly on Weds at 7pm.  The intervening weeks they run the urban series events.  iJOS Lockdown website managed by Angus Laird

- James Laird is completing the practical element of his Level 2 coaching with a small group of 6 to 7 athletes.  Hopefully complete by the end of September. 


iJOS Lockdown training

iJOS group meeting online every Wednesday at 7pm for up to hour.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join email list.

iJOS Lockdown website managed by Angus Laird

 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)


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).

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