Coaching Plan 2018

FIRST SESSION SAT 3 Mar in Culbin Forest.  Further Details to follow

Moravian Orienteering Coaching Plan 2018

Moravian uses qualified coaches licenesed by SOA/British Orienteering

Sessions are open to all club members, but numbers are limited for each session.  Pre-booking will be essential noting details will appear via the Newsletter and Social Media as well as being on fixture list.

We are likely to run 2 groups at each session - Start Group and Run Group

The Start group is for athletes who can complete the Yellow course at saturday league events unaided,

The Run group is for athletes who can complete the Orange course at saturday league events unaided.

Any orienteer running at a higher technical difficulty is also welcome.

If you wish to join a session please mail Moravian Coach Co-ordinator Roo Hornby roo.hornby 'at' btinternet dot com

Dates below are PROVISIONAL until they appear in the club list of EVENTS


Moravian coaching plan 2018

MOR's Coaches

Please feel free to conatct any of our coaches is you need help and advice

Level 2/3: Jane Halliday, Elizabeth Furness

Level 2: Donald Grassie, Paul Furness

Level 1: Roo Hornby, Pippa Weir, Chris Spencer, Ian Addis, Nikki Howard, Fiona Newcombe, Morag McLuckie


The club has many new members, with many as juniors, and in order to retain them the club needs to provide development and challenge.

2018 coaching plan objective

A full spectrum coaching programme, to move athletes up the orienteering technical difficulty ability scale. Carol McNeil’s Technical Difficulty Summary will form the basis of all sessions.


1.Instructional coaching for complete beginners offered at as many Saturday League events as possible. 

2.Over the course of the year (March- Dec)  the programme below will cater for two coaching groups, normally coached at the same time/location but as separate entities. Athletes would progress from group 1 to 2 as skills are acquired and demonstrated.   A L2 coach will act as supervisor for each session (please volunteer!) with other L2 and L1 coaches supporting.

Group 1 – “Start Group” aimed at developing independent confidence and competence at TD1/TD2; adult beginners and juniors (usually 8yrs+) who are doing the Yellow Course at Saturday League events. Group 1 will be led by a L1 coach mentored by a L2 coach and supported by other L1 or L2 coaches.

Group 1 outcomes:

  • Understand map colours and commonly used symbols
  • Orient the map using compass and terrain
  • Orienteer along tracks and paths
  • Make decisions at ‘Decision Points’ identified by a control site
  • Orienteer along obvious line features (handrails)
  • Make decisions at a ‘Decision Point’ without the assistance of a control to identify it as such.
  • Leave a line feature to go to a visible control site near to it; return to that line feature

Group 2 –“Run Group” aimed at developing confidence and competence at TD3/TD4/TD5. Participants in this group will be doing the Orange, or Lt Green/Green, course at League events independently. Juniors at the top of this group should expect to progress to Scotjos. Group 2 will be led by a level 2 coach, supported by other L1 and L2 coaches.

Group 2 outcomes:

  • Basic use of compass to allow shortcuts through the terrain between two line features.
  • Navigate a short leg on a rough compass bearing to a control on or in front of a collecting feature.
  • Simplification of legs with several Decision Points
  • Make simple route choice decisions
  • Navigate long legs on a rough compass bearing to a collecting feature
  • Fine orienteering on short legs using an accurate bearing
  • Navigate for short distances using simple contour features - hills, ridges, large re-entrants and spurs.
  • Navigate for long distances using only major contour features  
  • Read and interpret complex contours
  • Use all the different skills and adapt speed & technique to changes in the terrain and orienteering difficulty
  • Able to warm up appropriately


Moravian Club Coaching Plan 2018                                        Theme: Building Skills