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Coach led training: Craig Phadrig, Inverness . Saturday Nov 23rd 1pm to 2.30pm

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


Directions:    We are accessing Craig Phadrig via the path leading from Balnafettack Cresent IV3 8TG.  After the Telford Street bridge over the canal, take the 2nd left up King Brude Road.  Take the 2nd right at the lights up Leachkin Road.  After the mini roundabout, turn right up Balnafettack Road.  After the Christian Centre turn left up Balnafettack Cresent. My car – Black Landrover will have an ‘O’ kite on it.

Parking: Park along Balnafettack Cresent.  Please be considerate to residents.  Please try and car share if possible.

Times: Please assemble at 1245 for a 1300 prompt start.  We will be finished by 1430.

Aims/goal of coaching: Talons (TD3) Longer TD3 legs and pacing uphill.  Eagle Eyes (TD2) decision points and map orientation.

What to bring: Although the forecast is not bad for the weekend, please bring plenty of warm clothing including hats and gloves.  We will be working form a central point so any extra layers can be left with coaches.  Talons will need a compass; Eagle Eyes a compass would be desirable but not essential.  The ground is wet and the paths can be slippy so please wear suitable footwear.  Club compasses and whistles will be available to borrow.

Toilets:  The nearest toilets are probably in the Co-op on the Carse industrial Estate.  Go before you come.

Cost: £2 - please pay on arrival

Groups and coaches: Eagle Eye are with Joyce; Talons  Adults with Alison; Talons Juniors with Francis and Suzanne

Contact name & phone number:  Suzanne 07970 513864 – Please text if you are signed up and either cannot make it or are delayed so that we are not standing around in the cold waiting.


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