Coaching Staff

NI Orienteering have many coaches that are qualified to coach across our coaching pathway (see below).

Here is a list of our most active coaches:


Allan StaffQualification: UKCC Level 2

Info: Allan is the NI Orienteering Coaching and Talent Development Officer and coaches mainly our top junior and senior athletes. “I am responsible for coach and athlete development. My job is to ensure that there is a talent pathway from beginner all the way up to potential World Champions and that athletes at any level have the opportunity to develop and progress as far as their ability and motivation allows.”

Allan forms a part of the British Orienteering Performance team and is managed by Jackie Newton, BOF Performance Manager. Details of the British Orienteering Performance team can be found here: LINK



Conor NIQualification: UKCC Level 1

Info: Conor  is the NI Orienteering Development Officer and coaches mainly in Club Development and in Schools.







Helen Pic

Qualification: UKCC Level 2

Info: Helen is the NI Orienteering Coaching Representative and coaches mainly in club development within the Belfast region (LVO & QUOC). Helen is also a BOF tutor and delivers Teaching Orienteering course, UKCC Level 1 and UKCC Level 2.







Philip 1Qualification: UKCC Level 2

Info: Philip is an experience coach that coaches across the pathway, specialising in Elite/ Performance Coaching. He is the personal coach of some of our top athletes.







alan picQualification: UKCC Level 1

Info: Alan is the Junior Development Officer for Lagan Valley and spends most of his coaching time with the junior squad.  “We have a great team of juniors with real enthusiasm and ability and it its great to see them grow in their skills and performance. I really enjoy working with juniors of all abilities, from the new comers to the talent squad.”






QualificatioGreg pic 1n: UKCC Level 2

Info: Greg has been involved with junior orienteering for many year and was the former Irish Junior Squad manager. Greg coaches at all levels from club development to Junior and Senior elite.







Teresa Finlay

Qualification: UKCC Level 2

Info: Teresa has been heavily involved with coaching for a long time and has worked with some of NI’s best performing athletes (including Ciara Largey and Rosalind Hussey). Currently Teresa actively coaches in the Fermanagh region and has recently been awarded the NI Orienteering Club Coach of the Year award.






IMG_1700Qualification: UKCC Level 1

Info:  Davy is a qualified UKCC Level 1 Coach and active member of Lagan Valley Orienteers. He has been involved in coaching in several schools, P7 through to 4th year and enjoys helping out newcomers at any of LVO club events. He is currently assisting with the club development and schools programme.






D OrwinQualification: UKCC Level 1
Info: D Orwin is a UKCC level 1 Coach and active member of Lagan Valley Orienteers.
He has been involved with Alan, Helen and Connor in coaching club and development groups.








Trevor MartinUKCC Level 1

Info: Trevor has been involved with coaching newcomers and youth groups and was involved in the very successful Craigavon Lakes sessions during Summer 15.  I enjoy coaching as it is a great opportunity to give something back to the sport.  It is also very fulfilling to watch young people develop their full potential as they progress through the sessions.






IMG_0045Qualification: Primary Teaching orienteering

Info: Fred has been orienteering for over 40 years and now in retirement he wants to introduce as many primary school children to the sport as possible.






Coaching Pathway

We operate a programme of education, including formal qualifications that are part of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC). These qualifications sit on the National Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with other professional and academic awards such as GCSEs, A levels and degree courses. Our courses are also recognised nationally and internationally and will enhance your CV.

Our UKCC courses, quality assured and awarded by 1st4sport, operate across all orienteering disciplines for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. At Level 3, we operate a modular course which prepares experienced coaches for direct assessment. We will also offer bespoke workshops and courses for coaches looking to develop High Performance standards, focusing on skill/technique development and advanced planning, methodology, sports science knowledge and physical preparation. In addition to UKCC, we will be offering a range of continuous personal development (CPD) opportunities including courses and Add-On Modules that aim to deliver quality education opportunities to broaden knowledge and expertise.

Coaching Pathway

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