The Orienteering Foundation has been a long time supporter of the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS) and also of coaching initiatives that will help get more enthusiastic participants getting more out of the sport. So we were pleased to again by supporting JROS in putting on a coaching course this summer.
In the past they have done this before the Lagganlia junior training camp so trainee coaches can then go on to put their skills into practice. However with everything happening at the moment, this year they were pleased to manoeuvrer around Covid and have a full course taking place in Edinburgh with 8 participants from clubs all around the country.
Here are a selection of comments from participants:
I found the course really informative. It was very instructive in teaching the important skills of coaching and helped me to develop my skills of coaching. I found the sections on planning progressive linked sessions and goal setting particularly informative and this has helped me see planning training and coaching in a much more methodical manner. We were also taught how to ensure the safety and wellbeing of athletes and adapting sessions to fit the needs of all athletes which is work that often goes unnoticed by athletes. The teaching was fun, engaging and comprehensive too. I’d like to thank the Orienteering Foundation, JROS, and SYO for funding my place on this course as well as Iain Embrey and Tony Carlyle for their time and effort organising such an educational and enjoyable course.
Thank you for your support with the Level 2 coaching course, I really enjoyed the week and look forward to putting what I learnt into practise at my clubs junior training sessions, hopefully university and helping on JROS tours in the future.
Thanks very much to the Orienteering Foundation for their generous support for the Level 2 Coaching Course. Attending the course has helped me think better about how I coach and plan trainings with a specific purpose in mind, and how to tailor training to individual athletes' needs. The qualification will also allow me to organise sessions myself, which will help my club, where many people have had little formal coaching before.
The course was a fantastic opportunity to develop my coaching skills in a friendly and enjoyable environment, and I've already started to put the techniques I learnt into practice by coaching on the JROS Speyside and Yorkshire Squad tours this summer. I look forward to using my qualification in the future to develop opportunities for others to enjoy orienteering.