ESOC has a number of UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) and British Orienteering qualified coaches, who are all active orienteers. They provide coaching for the club on a voluntary basis and are ably supported by other experienced club members to provide a coaching pathway from newcomer to experienced competitor.
The main coaching activities are:
For newcomers an introduction to orienteering is best obtained by attending a local event where friendly club members will be on-hand to explain the basics and suggest a suitable course to run. (See the Events page of this website for details of forthcoming events in the Edinburgh area.) When you arrive, be sure to explain that you are new to orienteering and wish to receive an introduction to the basics.
For juniors with some experience of completing courses in a family group, there are monthly coaching sessions during school term run by ESOA (East of Scotland Orienteering Association) along with juniors from other clubs. These are taken by qualified coaches both within and out with ESOC, and are designed to help juniors complete courses on their own. The sessions are held on Saturday afternoon (1pm – 3pm) and the groups are structured in such a way as to provide the progressive development of skills and confidence to successfully complete an orienteering course - from the easiest to the most difficult junior course.
All sessions include a warm-up, followed by exercises in ability groups; and are held alongside a local orienteering event. Juniors can take part in this after the coaching to practice the techniques they have been learning. For the younger juniors, the exercises are planned to be done by a parent & child and the exercises are often preceded by a group map-walk with a coach.
Most of the sessions are held outdoors and juniors should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day. Whilst most juniors have their own compass, spares are available to borrow for those who don't.
For adults and accompanied juniors (12 years and over) ESOC Wednesday Club Night is a training session for club members of orienteering standard Orange & above. These are from 7:15pm to about 8:30pm and use Edinburgh city parks for some short sharp sessions including both circuit exercises and some technical training. The club also hosts an indoor session once a month, focussed on strength and flexibility.
Details of coaching activities are sent out to club members via the weekly email ‘ESOC Matters’ from our secretary. The sessions currently attract about 20 club members who, as a group, have a variety of experience; new members are encouraged to come along and are assured of a warm welcome.
For further details, please email
Personal coaching – if you are interested in having a personal coach, please contact the Club at . Regular contact with an experienced orienteer is arguably the best way to improve performance and a number of our coaches are willing to do this for club members, on a voluntary basis.
Other training opportunities (further details in 'Capital-O', the club newsletter):
- ESOC Ladies training – Monday 7:30pm. Informal training open to all ESOC ladies and involves running/jogging/walking to suit all speeds, starting from various locations around the city. In the winter meet at members houses, and in the summer go further afield. Contact to find out more.
- Parkrun – Saturday 9:30am. An informal, free, timed 5km road run on the Cramond foreshore, Figgate Park (Portobello) or Vogrie Country Park. The Cramond course is flat but it can be a wee bit breezy at times; Figgate Park is more sheltered but has some slopes, whilst Vogrie is undulating through woods and open areas. All offer a regular opportunity to improve, and measure, physical fitness. See the parkrun website for more details.
- Interløpers training – most Thursday evenings, a terrain run organised by our friendly rivals and open to ESOC members.
- EUOC Fight with the Night (FWTN) – alternate Thursday evenings during the dark winter months. An opportunity to experience, and practise, night orienteering; organised by students (Edinburgh University Orienteering Club) but attended by all ages from accompanied & experienced juniors to 70+ year old seniors. Further details are on the FWTN page of the EUOC website.