Tayside Orienteers had a packed programme last weekend, with two coaching events taking place in Perth, and a change in focus from the recent series of competitive Scottish league events.
On Saturday, several club members took part in a one-day Coaching Foundation course on Kinnoull Hill. This was aimed at experienced orienteers and designed to give them the skills and understanding to coach beginners of any age, and make their first experience of the sport an enjoyable one.
The coaching session was also open to orienteers from other clubs and TAY were delighted to be joined by members from Forth Valley and Glasgow clubs. The course was free, thanks to generous subsidy from sportscotland and is an important feature of the run up to the World Orienteering Championships which take place this August in the Inverness area.
Following Saturday’s introduction to coaching, the club organised a family coaching day which gave the novice coaches a chance to support experienced British Orienteering Federation licensed coaches in delivering an exciting programme of activity for beginners and improvers. Thirty four people of all ages and from across Tayside joined the club on Perth’s St Magdalene’s Hill where activities and games were organised to help them learn the basic skills and techniques of orienteering.
Feedback was extremely positive and the delicious home baking kindly provided by the Gillies family helped replenish energy levels after the morning’s exertions!