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Club night

Our first gathering at COACH centre

Junior training, COACH building

Junior training, COACH building

Published: Wed 15 Feb 2017

We had our first club night on Thursday 23rd February. Thanks to Roger and Judy for organising and the session leaders for their work and to all for thirty people who came. We had a real mix of young and old and a good gender balance to boot.

We are trying to develop a Club Night where we can offer orienteering skills and fitness training to those of you who are interested. We have a programme sketched out for Thursday nights in future- see below and on the events page.

The venue was the fabulous new COACH centre at French Weir Park. We started with a guided tour of the building by Dave Bullock, who has been involved in the COACH project. Tess Stone and Vikki Page ran a special orienteering games evening for the children, some outside in the dark with torches.

Meanwhile, the parents listened to presentations, asked lots of questions and finally discussed what training they would like the club to provide. Jeff Pakes did a short presentation and question and answer session on the website, Brian Pearson followed with an introduction to Routegadget, the online route recording software then Spencer Modica recounted things he had to consider when planning Sunday's Lydeard Hill league event.

Julia Robertson and Emma Cattell served up the refreshments.

A message from our Chairman

Thank you for coming and contributing to the first QO Club Night, 21 adults and 9 children attended. A special thank you to Jeff, Brian and Spencer for their sessions. We thought that it would be useful to summarise certain parts of the evening’s discussion.

The adults listening to a series of presentations

The adults listening to a series of presentations

Each week in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) there will be fitness training for adults and children. Tess has decided that it is hard to do orienteering skills effectively after dark, so would prefer to concentrate on various forms of fitness.

In addition on selected Thursday evenings there will be training sessions based on the following topics: SI; planning; First Aid; mapping/ basic surveying; using OCAD; using Purple Pen for planning; how to do map corrections; working on the website; Route gadget (to include juniors); night orienteering; important/relevant BOF Rules; pre-large event discussions; compass work.

We have included all suggestions made on the Club Night evening and also those on the forms collected from JOG and QOFL events. We also asked for volunteers for the jobs in the table below.

If you have further suggestions for the programme / wish to volunteer for one of the posts or have a skill you would like to offer please contact Roger Craddock

Roger Craddock

Planning the Club Night programme
Opening/closing the centre
Catering fee collection
Buddy systemAngela Modica
TwitterVikki Page
FacebookAdrian Edwards
Other advertising/ publicity
PhotographyJim Pearson